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Vuelta 2018, Stage 10: Salamanca > Bermillo de Sayago - 177 km *Spoilers*

blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 19,283
edited September 2018 in Pro race
Salamanca > Bermillo de Sayago 04/09/2018 - Stage 10 - 177 km

Potentially, a second consecutive rest day, as the race re-starts with some of the least inspired parcour in the entire race.
University town Salamanca holds the start to the 10th stage in La Vuelta a España.
Interestingly, it is the second consecutive start town, along with Talavera that are sites of major battles of the Penninsula War, (1807–1814) where British forces under Sir Arthur Wellesley ( better known as The Duke of Wellington) defeated Napoleon's (absent) troops.

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At 177 kilometres, the route navigates towards the Portuguese border. In Bermillo de Sayago a bunch sprint is the most likely outcome.
The route navigates the plateaus of northwestern Spain and, for Vuelta standards, the course is rather straightforward. The riders are racing around an altitude of approximately 800 metres for most of the time.

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Departure place Salamanca is defined by its university, which dates back to 1218 and is the third-oldest in Europe. Firstly, the route takes the riders on a loop to the east and at kilometre 48 they once again move through Salamanca. The course parallels the south side of the River Tormes to the Portuguese border. A large part of the race runs along the reservoir behind the Almendra Dam, that backs up 2.5 billion cubic metres of water and several drowned villages.

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At kilometre 135 the route drops down from 800 metres to 410 metres. The riders cross the Tormes Rivier before they have to go back up again, first with a 4,9 kilometres climb at 5.3%. Following a flat and a drop – both short – the ascent continues and after 7 kilometres at 2.2% the Alto la Venta de los Arribes is crested.
No descent at the top, the route is back at its regular altitude – 800 metres above sea level. Still around 20 kilometres to go in northeasterly direction before a likely sprint showdown in Bermillo de Sayago.

Video of the final 5kms.
https://youtu.be/-5RADwAgmUo

Finish details.

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Favourites 10th stage 2018 Vuelta a España

*** Peter Sagan, Elia Viviani, Matteo Trentin
** Danny van Poppel, Nacer Bouhanni, Giacomo Nizzolo, Simone Consonni
* Ryan Gibbons, Tosh Van der Sande, Max Walscheid, Michael Schwarzmann

Team Hotels for this stage. Some serious length transfers again, this week.

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Salamanca

There are many reasons to visit Salamanca, a province where nature is bountiful: from its green cereal fields in La Armuña and Peñaranda to the snowy mountain tops of the Béjar Mountain Range, passing through the formidable Duero canyons and the immense beech forests in the Campo Charro.

In this mosaic of lands and people, travellers will be amazed to discover the municipalities that are recognised as Historical Complexes, the carvings found in the Siega Verde archaeological site (declared a World Heritage Site), the Vetón Territory and its mysterious settlements and the Fortificaciones de la Frontera (Border Fortifications).

Other suggestions will lead them to complete the Toro Bravo and La Dehesa route, to walk through the Art in Nature Paths, to enjoy the France Mountain Range and Arribes Wine Routes, to ride on mountain bikes, or succumb to the flavours and aromas of the Jamón Guijuelo and other of the province’s high quality products. Offers to feel, experiences to share.

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FERMOSELLE

The town of the thousand cellars, the Duero Balcony, capital of the Arribes or “town whose houses seem to be scattered in rocky hills, to which they cling so as not to fall”, as described by Miguel de Unamuno… It is for these reasons that Fermoselle is well-known. It is also known for being located within the Iberian Plateau Biosphere Reserve.

There are so many attractions in Fermoselle worthy of being visited, that any travellers who opt to stay there are guaranteed to return, and to tell everyone what they discovered, saw and felt in its narrow streets and in the hiking trails of the encased Duero, that combines its waters between Zamora, Salamanca and Portugal. They will also have much to say about the vineyards and centenary olive trees that are living proof of the working spirit and welcoming nature of the locals.

Doña Urraca Castle, which opens up to the Duero River, looking straight at the Portuguese neighbours, the nooks of the old Jewish quarter, the entrance archway, the Romanesque Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, the viewpoints… Fermoselle is a treasure in itself that deserves to be discovered calmly.


BERMILLO DE SAYAGO

Bermillo de Sayago, located on the way to the Arribes del Duero, is a municipality in the Province of Zamora, in the Autonomous Community of Castilla y León. With a population of 1085 inhabitants, the council is made up of 7 towns and its people live mainly off livestock and granite quarries.

Bermillo de Sayago has the highest concentration of services: notary, registry, Civil Guards, Medical Centre and an industrial park where the highest hopes of population settlement reside.

It possesses a building that was once a Courthouse and a prison in 1901, now a theatre. The Parish Church of Bermillo, which dates back to the late 16th century, dedicated to “Our Lady of the Assumption”, is the epicentre of the patron saint festivities that take place on the first weekend in August. A pilgrimage in honour of “San Juan de los Huevos” is celebrated on the first Saturday in May in the Chapel of Our Lady of Grace, where locals go to spend a springtime afternoon. Bermillo de Sayago is, without a doubt, a place worth discovering.

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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,889
    Dan Martin will be a non-starter as his wife is having twins. Which makes me wonder why he started in the first place. It's not like this was the focal point of his season.
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  • RichN95 wrote:
    Dan Martin will be a non-starter as his wife is having twins. Which makes me wonder why he started in the first place. It's not like this was the focal point of his season.

    True. This is the fetal point of his season.
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  • bm5bm5 Posts: 354
    He said at the start that he was unlikely to finish the race. Hope all is well with the babies as they are about a month early
  • BM5 wrote:
    He said at the start that he was unlikely to finish the race. Hope all is well with the babies as they are about a month early

    Yes hope so, it's normal for twins to be early though, mine were too.
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  • I just cant get into this years race and today doesnt look too enticing either :(
  • larkimlarkim Posts: 2,401
    Really should have taken Dan Martin's fecundity into account when picking my Velogames squad...
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  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    edited September 2018
    So, two man break. Any intermediate bonifications for 3rd which could mean Valverde having a go at getting the GC jersey?

    Errr ... nope
  • RonB wrote:
    So, two man break. Any intermediate bonifications for 3rd which could mean Valverde having a go at getting the GC jersey?

    One has to wonder....

    ....nasty crash for Petelli.
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  • Been busy at work
    Haven't seen a minute of any stage and have no idea what's happening.
    As of tonight I've a 10 hour ITV4 boxset :)
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  • ridgeriderridgerider Posts: 2,843
    For me, I don't know the country very well so the race loses some of its attraction to me.
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  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,380
    So a good stage then. Who won........
  • DeadCalmDeadCalm Posts: 3,858
    bobmcstuff wrote:
    So a good stage then. Who won........
    Viviani
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