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Vuelta 2018, Stage 19: Lleida > Andorra. Naturlandia - 154,4 km *Spoilers*

blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 19,283
edited September 2018 in Pro race
Lleida > Andorra. Naturlandia 14/09/2018 - Stage 19 - 154,4 km

I have to point out, that in taking the stage title from La Vuelta's website, I omitted the final word, the final word being............"flat". :lol:
In fact, what we get today, is the organozer's other love: the one Rich dubbed, "The hockey stick" stage.
The 19th stage at the Vuelta a España sets off in Lleida to head north to Andorra. The route climbs gradually for 154.4 kilometres to the foot of the only KOM of the day, which is the Col de la Rabassa. Summit finish at the end of the 17.5 kilometres climb at 6.3%.

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Departure place Lleida is located at an altitude of 150 metres and the Rabassa begins at 940 metres. Generally the route is a rolling false flat with some sections standing out – for instance the upward stretch to Cubélls. The riders move through Oliana and La Seu d’Urgell to reach Sant Julià de Lòria at the foot of the Col de la Rabassa. The haul up to the top recently featured in the Vuelta’s of 2015 and 2017, although not as the final climb.

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The Rabassa amounts to 17.5 kilometres and it kicks in hard with double digit ramps in the first half, yet the climb flattens out in the second half. The slope is mostly hovering around 4 to 5% with a few 7% sections standing out. When the flamme rouge flies over their heads the riders hit an uphill kick of 8%, and that’s it. The average gradient of the Col de la Rabassa is 6.3%.

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Big question in advance obviously is the lead with which the breakaway hits the Rabassa. And whether there are any good climbers on board or not. As the route is mostly flat until the final climb you don’t need to possess climbing legs to be able to make it into the break. But to win… that is something else.

As the big names on GC are still close together, we should expect them to battle for the stage win – if only for the time bonuses at the top.

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

Details of the final kms.

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Favourites 19th stage 2018 Vuelta a España

*** Simon Yates, Miguel Ángel López, Alejandro Valverde, Enric Mas
** Nairo Quintana, Thibaut Pinot, Michal Kwiatkowski, Steven Kruijswijk
* Rafal Majka, Thomas De Gendt, Bauke Mollema, Davide Formolo, Wilco Kelderman.

Team hotels for this stage. (and from my experience, these are by far the best in the Vuelta)

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Lleida
16 La Vuelta stages have departed from Lleida

138,144 inhabitants

Lleida Province
Lleida has become a habitual transit area for those entering or leaving Spain through the Pyrenees, and has seen multiple cultures co-exist, all of which have given it the open and cosmopolitan character it has today. A good example of this mixture is the monumental complex of Seu Vella, whose restoration, currently in progress, will pay homage to the Iberian, Roman, Muslim and Catholic cultures that have inhabited the territory over the years.

Andorra. Naturlandia
1 La Vuelta stage has had finales in La Rabassa

Principality of Andorra
Those who enjoy nature and the activities on offer at the Naturlandia nature park will see the La Vuelta riders up close as they climb La Rabassa and its explosive slopes. This mountain pass has been climbed on four occasions, though only one of those was a stage finale. It was the 7th stage of La Vuelta 2008, and the Italian rider Alessandro Ballan took the victory and the ephemeral red jersey, which he lost the following day.
Sant Julià de Lòria is the southernmost parish of the seven that make up the Principality of Andorra. Located 900 m above sea level, it is the Southern border’s entry door.

The Naturlandia adventure park is one of the country’s great tourist attractions. Located in the heart of the Rabassa Forest on two very distinct summits, one at an altitude of 1600 metres and the other at 2000 metres, it has an ample offer aimed at all publics and is the only place in Andorra where you can practice cross-country skiing.

Meanwhile, Sant Julià de Lòria has a large offer of Romanesque art and is the setting of such year-round cultural and sporting events such as the Trial World Championships and the first-row Theatre Season.

Privately, it is the only parish in Andorra that grows vines and makes wine: Casa Auvinyá, Borda Sabate, Casa Beal and the small family managed Celler Mas Berenguer winery are good examples for the local produce of wine. Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon, Gewürztraminer but also wine grape types like Merlot and Syrah are grown here. In 2011 the winery Borda Sabate won the international competition of wine makers.

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Andorra’s best restaurants concentrate on essential Pyrenean cuisine while using fresh local products. For instance, La Borda Pairal 1630, Taberna Ángel Belmonte in La Vella or Can Borrell in Meranges just to name a few ones worth visiting. In Andorra tradition and simple delights from the homeland give its cuisine a rich and savoury context. Enjoying great influence of the Catalonian and French cookery, it’s common to find lamb, pork, fish and poultry combined with sauces, vegetables, pasta or potatoes. “Escudella”, for instance, finds its essential flavour in a mingling of sausages, meatballs and chicken stew. Mine was combined with a fresh salad which round up its delicious flavour. Another typical dish of the region is cooked rabbit in tomato sauce.

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  • mamil314mamil314 Posts: 1,103
    Very beautiful looking climb. I would go for a weekend there.
  • I expect a stage similar to the one in the Tour in 2009
  • That would make a mighty fine breakfast for me and my posse
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  • Doesn't that Torb wine have some back story - an Australian producer and organic vineyards in Andorra? Recall some story ....?? Not made anymore?
  • Why has no one got Oscar Rodriguez down for the win - he smashed it the other day - seems to have lost some of that power?
  • Why has no one got Oscar Rodriguez down for the win - he smashed it the other day - seems to have lost some of that power?

    He went pretty well the other day in the fog.
    Finished 12th or 13th out of the peloton, exceeding the breakaway bunch.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • Valverde is gonna get this I think.
  • Specialgueststar re Torb wine.
    Ric Einstein I think made it, he's out of the business now, was a bit unwell.
    Borde Sabate winery seems to be gone as well.
    I'll come for breakfast....you can have the fruit!
  • Has anyone found a decent hooky feed for this Vuelta? Fridays in the office are always a bit slow....
  • Has anyone found a decent hooky feed for this Vuelta? Fridays in the office are always a bit slow....

    I haven't looked to be honest.
    If it has to be in English, you can try here in a bit:

    http://tiz-cycling.live/

    If you don't mind not having Kirby chirping and giggling your earhole for 3 hours, you can look here, as their feeds generally work, once they have put you through the compulsory advert.

    Eurosport Bulgaria:
    https://www.firstonetv.net/Live/Bulgaria/Eurosport-1-33

    My personal fav: Sporza:
    https://www.firstonetv.net/Live/Belgium/E%C3%A9n--26

    The hosts, Spain and TDP:
    https://www.firstonetv.net/Live/Spain/Teledeporte-(TDP)-6

    Finally, if you must, Slovenian Eurosport and......................Kirby:

    https://www.firstonetv.net/Live/Sloveni ... port-1--48
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • Belter - thanks Saddles!

    Mute on and sorted
  • Why has no one got Oscar Rodriguez down for the win - he smashed it the other day - seems to have lost some of that power?

    Majka got interviewed on turbo right after the stage and was incredulous that this 2nd tier rider had managed to fly past to victory.
  • Pretty obvious when you look at the profile, that there will be a manic, yet fruitless battle to get into the breakaway.
    We are now live and that is exactly the case. 91kms to go and still all together.
    A whole lot of energy being wasted out there.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • Only 3 days left, but it looks like riders are leaving to prepare for the worlds.
    Pöstlberger has left, citing the TTT and now De Plus quits, leaving Mas with only Serry to support him in the mountains.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    Jonathan Castroviejo and Benjamin Thomas the latest to have a break from the peloton. They have around 2’ with 64km to go.
  • ECHELON ALERT!
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  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,380
    Movistar forcing splits in the peloton, got a decent gap going there. Looks a little bit echelon-y... Yates is caught behind a gap.

    Breakaway have lost 40 seconds very quickly.
  • DeadCalmDeadCalm Posts: 3,858
    Movistar causing mayhem in the peloton.
    Team My Man 2022:

    Antwan Tolhoek, Sam Oomen, Tom Dumoulin, Thymen Arensman, Remco Evenepoel, Benoît Cosnefroy, Tom Pidcock, Mark Cavendish, Romain Bardet
  • anyone else here for the klaxon?
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,380
    All back together. Yates needs to stop dropping back through the peloton like he has been, he's going to get caught out if he's not careful.
  • hypsterhypster Posts: 1,210
    Quintana looks like he's keen to make ammends.
  • Looks a lot like the standard Tour mountain stage to me, thus far, with MS playing Sky.
    Brother Adam is still sitting around, mid group, eyeing up the rest.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • Right down to Yates attacking when Haig pulls over.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,380
    Go on Yates!
  • twotoebennytwotoebenny Posts: 1,167
    edited September 2018
    Fcuk...hopefully he's feeling super strong come on SYates,

    ...edit sits up and waits to pull for Bala
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,380
    Kirby is such a bloody moron
  • hypsterhypster Posts: 1,210
    Quintana drops back to help Valverde - LOL!
  • hypsterhypster Posts: 1,210
    Pinot co-operating with Yates.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,380
    Pinot wants this. Suspect Krashbike might blow.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,380
    hypster wrote:
    Quintana drops back to help Valverde - LOL!
    He did censored all, just allowed the group to bunch back up and then got dropped as soon as Lopez picked it up again.

    Although, it looks like he did have a mechanical.
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