Vuelta a Espana Stage 7 - Preview

The Vuelta's reputation for conjuring up the spectacular is well founded, and here's another example of it with a finish that is sure to test the GC favourites and could well see one or two lose that status on the final ascent that's like four Murs de Huy soaring upwards one after another.

This impressive stage begins in an equally striking setting in the town of Onda with its castle of 300 towers. It sets out towards the Mediterranean coast, reaching it at Castellón de la Plana. After heading north to the resort of Benicasim, then returning southwards, it moves inland towards the first of five classified climbs, the third-category Puerto del Marianet. It quickly bumps over two more climbs, a second-cat and then another third-cat, and the rollercoaster ride continues as the stage heads into what should be a dramatic finale.

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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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