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Distance: 177km

Highest point: 1,088m

Category: Lumpy

Good day for breakaways

The second rest day will have been much needed after three summit
finishes and this stage should provide a steady entry to the Vuelta’s
final phase. Although Fuente Dé is the fourth summit finale in
succession, it is far more straightforward than those that have preceded
it and comes at the end of a much less intimidating stage. It heads
into the Cantabrian mountains behind Santander and over two lower
category climbs on the approach to the final ascent. Fuente Dé averages
little more than 3 per cent, which should ensure that the overall
contenders sit back and let breakaway riders fight over today’s honours
between them.

Abraham Olano: “The climb is not that hard but it
could result in some real damage being done. It’s new to the race and
having looked it over I think that most riders will be in the big ring,
so it suits the most powerful climbers. The views are really stunning.”

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