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Stage 16 profile 2020 Vuelta a Espana

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of stage 16 of the Vuelta a España.

We're around 30 minutes from the riders starting their day with a roll-out in the neutralised zone in Salamanca – just three days of racing left in the 2020 season.

We have one non-starter confirmed today. Astana rider and Spanish champion Luis León Sánchez will not make it to the end of his 11th Vuelta. He's heading home for personal reasons.

It's hard to say exactly what could happen on today's stage. There's a chance that crosswinds affect the race, and it looks like a good day for a breakaway.

"I wouldn't be at all surprised if somebody tried to make a move on Friday's stage 16. The last first category ascent is a fair way from the finish, but it's got some very steep sections, and there are some draggy unclassified climbs straight afterwards. Maybe not a full attack, but one to test the water a bit and see how the other GC rivals are going."

Race leader Primož Roglič and his Jumbo-Visma team look ready for the stage, in any case.

The Vuelta's NTT predictor puts Roglič, Pascal Ackermann and yesterday's winner Jasper Philipsenas the favourites today. It is possible that the sprinters might prevail if the climbs aren't raced hard...

The riders will take the neutralised start in just over five minutes.

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Back to the men's race and the riders have set off in the neutralised zone now.

Heading into today's stage, Roglič holds the red and green jersey, 35 seconds and 65 point up on Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers).

162km to go

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Deceuninck-QuickStep report that the wind isn't that strong out on the road of the early kilometres of the stage.

Riders are attacking from the off, as usual. No moves have stuck at this early stage.

Here's what Roglič had to say before the start...

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148km to go

Angel Madrazo (Burgos-BH) is among the men to attack the peloton early on.

143km to go

The two Burgos-BH men have a gap of a minute at the moment.

Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep) has attacked from the peloton now. They're 1:55 down on the leaders as the Frenchman goes 20 seconds clear.

Now more riders try to get away behind Cavagna.

137km to go

2:40 from the two leaders back to the peloton with the chase group 1:40 down.

131km to go

Amezqueta and Smit chase a minute down on the leaders, who are now five minutes up on the peloton.

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Bora-Hansgrohe and UAE Team Emirates lead the peloton.

The riders have covered 40kph in the first hour of racing.

Amezqueta and Smit are caught by the peloton. The gap to the break is currently 5:30.

Here's what Pascal Ackermann had to say about today's stage...