Preview: What you need to know about stage 10 of the Vuelta a España
Dated: Tuesday 24 August
Start: Roquetas de Mar
To finish: Rincón de la Victoria
Distance: 189 km
After a day of rest, the Vuelta resumes with a rather flat and relatively easy stage along the Alboran Sea in southern Spain. I say “mostly flat” but there is a 10.9km climb (4.9% average) that peaks at 15km from the finish line, with bonus seconds available at the top. From there everything is downhill to the finish.
It’s hard to say what impact the climb will have on the peloton. This is unlikely to have any implications for the overall standings, but it will likely be too difficult for the sprinters, leaving fewer teams to chase the break.
Who is he talking to : This one is difficult to predict. This could be a step for the early breakaway or the winner could move away from the peloton on that late climb. Perhaps the most likely outcome is a sprint from a small group of strong climbers.
Dane Cash’s choices: Unless the peloton sets a high pace in the late climb, this stage could come down to a battle between versatile riders like Michael Matthews, young Andrea Bagioli, Magnus Cort and Matteo Trentin. If a breakaway remains clear, anyone can guess who wins, although there is always the possibility that one of the aforementioned runners will bet on the first shot.