Vuelta a España - Stage 3: August 31 - Zutphen - Venlo, 185km

Proycling's Analysis: This stage could change depending on the weather. If it’s fine, the riders will tackle a number of cobbled sections but these will be bypassed if it’s inclement. Apparently, the organisers don’t want to make things too stressful. What’s next? Mid-stage counselling? The cobbles should spice up this flattish stage. A final bunch sprint looks likely.

Culture Vulture: As a key road and rail crossing point of the River Maas, Venlo was badly hit in World War 2, although the Allies failed to destroy the bridges they were targeting in 13 raids. The retreating Germans did the job for them instead.

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