Vuelta a Espana Stage 5 - Preview

As is often the case at the Vuelta, the first of eight summit finishes, at the Javalembre Observatory, is a new one and should provide the initial hierarchy in the contest for the red jersey, even if the breakaway does manage to stay clear on this constantly rolling stage through the provinces of Valencia and Aragon.

The stage gets under way in L'Eliana, just inland from Valencia. It begins to ascend from the off, reaching the first of three classified climbs, the second-category Alto de Alcublas, after 31.7km. The road continues to rise beyond this, reaching 1,000 metres and then staying more or less at this altitude for the next 100 kilometres. Midway through this stretch, the riders will tackle the second climb of the day, the third-category Alto Fuente de Rubielos.

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