Vuelta a Espana Stage 3 - Preview

The sprinters won't want to let this stage that runs between Spain's toy-making centre of Ibi and the port of Alicante evade them. It features just two categorised climbs, neither of which should cause the likes of Bennett, Gaviria, Phil Bauhaus, Fabio Jakobsen or Luka Mezgec much of a problem as they go hunting for victory.

The third consecutive stage to take place in the province of Alicante looks problem-free for its first half, although the intense heat that's typical of this region in late summer will be a significant draw on resources, although its cumulative effect shouldn't be felt for a few days yet.

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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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