Vuelta 2021-stage 10: Roquetas de Mar > Rincón de la Victoria -189km *SPOILERS*
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Looks like a day when there'll be a fight to get in the breakaway, which we won't get to see.
Should be a bit of action for the GC seeing who attacks Roglic up another steep climb.
Start at 11:15 BST, KM0 at 11:47 BST, TV coverage starts at 13:50 BST
Start town, near the Punta Entinas – Sabinar, a unique "biosphere"
Finish in a lesser known part of the Costa del Sol
Local food, mainly known for everything being deep fried ( no doubt part of the love affair brits have with it).
Puntillitas battered and fried.
Must also mention Gazpacho - there are mainly versions of this all over the world but the Andalucian version is the one that has captured the global attention.
local booze, well, Sierra de Malaga is the local wine around there - some of the oldest vinyards in the world.
It is also of course in the region where sherry is very popular (albeit a little more west).
The little lump at the end will make for an interesting stage, I reckon.
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I woke up ridiculously early this morning and after failing to get back to sleep, decided to put the time to good (?) use. This may well be a one of!
Seems RC posted his preface, while I was still editing mine but he has more on drinks than I do! And from his I learnt of the Punta Entinas – Sabinar.
Stage 10, Roquetas de Mar – Rincón de la Victoria, 189 km
The 10th stage of the Vuelta leads along the coast for the whole day and yet is still not a sprinter stage, because even if the first 160 kilometers of the day are very flat, alternating at most between sea level and a maximum of 76 meters of altitude at km 12, the route-planners still found a mountain to include shortly before the finish.
The intermediate sprint of the day will take place after 150 kms, in Torre del Mar.
Almost 25 kms from the finish, the riders turn into the hinterland to climb the Puerto de Almachar, classified as a 2nd category mountain. This is 10.9 kms long and rises with an average of just under 5% - however that is deceptive; the second half of the ascent is very steep, with short stretches of double-digit percentage slopes, the last 4 kms with an average gradient of almost 9%. This will surely invite attacks. A rapid descent for the last 15 kms leads back down to the sea and to the stage finish.
Possibly a day for a successful break, and/or for attacks in the overall GC, by strong climbers who can then descend fast and well.
3* Bardet, Bagioli, Cort Nielsen
2* Mäder, Padun, LL Sanchez, Roglic
1* Lopez, Kron, Schachmann, Aranburu, Matthews, Carr
Roquetas de Mar, 85,000 inhabitants, is the capital of the province of Almería. It is a former fishing village with Phoenician, Roman and Moorish roots and today a popular holiday resort on the Costa de Almería, with a 13 km long beach promenade. It is in one of the sunniest regions in Europe, thanks to the protection of the north-western Sierra Nevada and the resultant microclimate - the sun shines for almost 300 days a year. The Castillo de Santa Ana, the castle of St. Anne, on the shoreline, is from the 17th century, and nowadays concerts are performed in its inner amphitheatre courtyard, especially during the annual St. Anne festival in July.
Rincón de la Victoria, 40,000 inhabitants, is a popular travel destination in the east of the Costa del Sol, with beautiful beaches, historical heritage and tropical vegetation. Its history goes way back in the past - a Punic-Phoenician settlement was built on the 3 km inland mountain Loma de Bengalbón around 550 BC, and later came the Romans who built a thermal baths there and a fortress at the coast. The Moors later then founded today's Rincón de la Victoria around this fortress, calling the town Bezmiliana, and it becoming a tuna-fishing port. The fortress is still called the Casa Muerte Bezmiliana (Fortress of Bezmiliana).
Boquerones fritos, anchovies crisp-fried in olive oil, are speciality of the area, as are Albondigas (the savoury meatballs of Moorish origin), and both are often served as a tapa.
Most people will know Gazpacho (the vegetable soup usually served ice-cold, primarily made of tomatoes, but also with onion, cucumber, green pepper, garlic, parsley and mint) while Huevos a la Flamenca is also a very typical dish of the area (eggs baked in a pre-prepared bed of sauteed potato, onion, red pepper, asparagus, peas, tomatoes and serrano ham),
Cocido andaluz is an Andalusian version of the meat, veg and chickpea casserole found throughout Spain (and which always includes blood sausage). And although Andalusia is famous for its sherry, and most is produced for export (Spaniards rarely serve sherry as an apertif), it is well used in cooking, there being several different Andalusian dishes featuring a sherry sauce, e.g. with kidneys, chicken pieces, or grouper fish.
Alfajores andaluces are the well-known spicey biscuits of the area, good with sherry as well as coffee, available most of the year but always around Christmas.
Structure of the Day
The aquaduct at Nerja (the riders pass through Nerja about 3/4 along the stage). The Acueducto del Águila (Eagle Aqueduct) was built in the 19th century to carry water from Nerja town to the nearby sugar refinery in Maro. The factory is now closed but today the local community use the aquaduct to irrigate farmland.
The structure is in the Mudejar style (the ornamental architectural style of the Moors in Spain between the 13th and 15th centuries), a revival of which was very popular in the 19th century.
On the top of the spire in the middle is a weather vane in the shape of a double-headed eagle, which gives the aquaduct its name.
Would be a nice location in the other 3 seasons. Some nice nippy climbs going inland.
I am not sure. You have no chance.
I can't see this one sticking: Attack by CARAPAZ Richard (INEOS Grenadiers)
Jakobsen in the second peloton, 48 seconds back. Not good news for anyone's breakaway hopes.
AG2R-Citroen: Bouchard, Calmejane, Champoussin
Alpecin-Fenix: De Tier
Astana-Premier Tech: Aranburu, LL Sanchez
Bora-Hansgrohe: Benedetti, Schachmann
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA: Lastra, Amezqueta
Cofidis: Martin, Jesus Herrada
Deceuninck-Quick Step: Vansevenant
EF Nippo: Camargo, Craddock, Keukeleire
Groupama-FDJ: Le Gac
Ineos Grenadiers: Van Baarle, Narvaez
Lotto Soudal: Vermeersch
BikeExchange: Howson, Schultz
Team DSM: Arensmann, Storer, Tusveld
UAE Team Emirates: Oliveira, Trentin
The Vikings are coming!