Stage 16: Córdoba - Puertollano
Proycling's Analysis: A transition day between the mountains in the south and race’s final climbs. Two third-cat climbs early on – the Villares and Chimorra – will give riders out of contention the chance to get clear.
Culture Vulture: Puertollano is known in Spain as ‘the town of two lies’. It’s neither a port (puerto), nor flat (llano). Puerto can also mean ‘pass’, giving a better clue to the nature of the area. In the past, Puertollano was a mining centre but it’s now known for producing solar panels.
Local hero: This is a remote part of Spain where people, let alone top-class cyclists, are thin on the ground. Former Liberty Seguros and Astana rider José Antonio Redondo is the biggest Local name.
Vuelta Retro: Colombian Leonardo Duque won the last time the Vuelta raced into Puertollano, which was only two years ago.
Neil Stephens says: Looking at it from the point of view of someone who works with a national team, this is the sort of block where everyone has a big hit out and then heads home. As a result you're going to see some bloody good racing at this point. It's going to be a breakaway-type day and the sprinter with the strongest team is going to make a difference. If heaps of the guys have gone home then you've got to start to think, 'Well how strong are the sprinters...?' then work it out from there.
Latest on Cyclingnews
Flat or clipless. What is the best pedal for commuting?Commuting is about comfort and efficiency. Should you be on flats or riding clipless pedals?
Best cycling computersThe best cycling computers are feature-packed, intuitive and easy to live with head units that provide data, maps and more.
Peiper: Pogacar is among the favourites for the Tour de FranceUAE Team Emirates DS looks ahead to Slovenian's Grande Boucle debut
Best bike repair standsThe best bike repair stands will make a bike mechanic's life considerably easier, here's what to look for along with our roundup of the best
Thank you for signing up to Cycling News. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.