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Highest point: 82m
The final flourish
The Vuelta finishes in traditional fashion with a straightforward stage
into the centre of the Spanish capital. It starts in the mountains to
the north of the city and runs steadily down into Madrid. Once in the
capital, the action will quicken up considerably as the riders tackle 10
laps of a 5.7km finishing circuit based on the Plaza de Cibeles on the
Paseo del Prado. Expect lots of attacks, counters and high-speed
pursuits culminating in a bunch sprint. Famed for its fountain where
Real Madrid fans celebrate their team’s successes, Plaza de Cibeles is a
fitting place for the coronation of the 67th Vuelta champion.
Bingen Fernández: “There will be a festival
atmosphere in the bunch today. This won’t be fast to start with because
it’s the last day. Once the riders are on the Castellana they will
really start racing and it’s sure to be a big sprint finish.”