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Stage 15 - September 16: Villacarrillo - Granada, 201.4km

Another leg-buster of a stage greets the riders before they can enjoy rest day number two. The 201 kilometres from Villacarrillo and to Granada will present two category three climbs and the final alto, the category 1 Alto de Monachil. Even though it is not a mountain-top finish day the GC guns will likely be firing as the complexity ranks high.

The legs will be weakened over the first two smaller climbs and the decent of the Monachil is tricky and dangerous. Alejandro Valverde lost the race lead in 2006 in this spot. The first kilometres down from Monachil comes "with a very long and dangerous slope" down to Granada, noted Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) to Cyclingnews.

Images ©:lavuelta.com

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