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Highest point: 1,245m
Last chance for a breakaway
With the final summit finish to come the next day and only the run-in to
the sprinters’ haven of Madrid to follow after that, this looks to be
the final opportunity for those riders whose best hope of success comes
from getting into the right breakaway. It starts in Peñafiel, which
hosted the 2010 time trial where Joaquim Rodríguez blew his chances of
overall victory. Once again, the wind could be a factor as the race
heads east to Segovia but the parcours is not overly complex. The final
2km rises steadily towards the line in La Lastrilla, on the outskirts of
Segovia, which should make for an intriguing finale.
Markel Irizar: “This is the last chance for a
breakaway as the GC contenders will want to take it easy before the Bola
del Mundo. The sprinters’ teams may not have the power left to chase
down a break so I’m sure lots of guys will go for it.”