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Re: The Cycling discussion thread

In this stage, riders will have to face two 3rd category climbs: the Collada de Clara and Montjuit. Departing from Andorra and arriving in the city of Barcelona, the day’s route will be 196 kilometres long. The next day will be a rest day, meaning that the riders could potentially take advantage and give it their all before putting their bikes down for the night. It will be a quick stage, mainly of descents, with the Montjuic as a reference point for those wishing to attempt it at the final part of the stage. We will then leave the Pyrenees and arrive, 16 miles later, at the finish line located right next to the Barcelona Olympic Stadium. Andorra has already become a classic of the Vuelta a Espaņa, and was a stage departure city only two years ago. As was the case with Pamplona, they too had a stage cancelled back in 1991. But as far as classics of this race go, we cannot go past Barcelona. To this day, this city has hosted stage finish lines on 53 occasions, bringing the total to 54 after with this year’s edition. The race has not been to Barcelona since 1999.

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