Vuelta a España: Stage 4

Distance: 186.4km
Category: Rolling
Highest point: 590m

This is a stage the Spanish would describe as rompepiernas, also known as 'a leg-breaker'. There is no really serious climbing but there is hardly a metre of flat road either. The route is up and down constantly as it weaves it way from Lalín in the heartland of Galicia to Fisterra land's end in the Galician language. The final destination for many of the pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago route provides a final test for the riders in the form of a short, sharp climb up to the finish. The peloton is likely to have been shredded by the time it reaches this final ramp, particularly on the day's only categorised climb up to the Mirador de Ézaro, which made such an impact when first visited by the race last year.

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).

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