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Old 10-22-12, 16:12
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More than half the stages MTFs.





Unlike last year, there will be one or two arrivals after the descent of a port: one after the Collado de las Sabinillas (in Sierra Nevada, Granada).




I'm assuming the writer means Collado de las Sabinas. Typical, I wear the profile to that climb as my avatar since I registered here, then I change it and days later this comes out...

If they do climb it, my guess is they'll do it combining the Puerto de Monachil + Collado de las Sabinas, as they did in 2009:

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So they'd climb this (the dark brown part):



Which would be pretty ****ing sweet.

Of course, they could make my dream come true and make it harder by climbing this:

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Old 10-22-12, 16:50
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Wow the last one you posted is great!
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Old 10-22-12, 16:56
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I know! I've been in love with that climb since they asphalted the hard bit.

The second to last one isn't bad either though. It's the climb they used in 2006 PLUS this:




This is the 2006 stage, which ended up being terrific, with Vino + Kasheshkin vs Valverde.



The top of the climb is actually just 20 km from the finish... I don't know who did the stage profiles back then.
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Peñas Blancas!!!



Just to climb to Peñas Blancas is very similar to Hautacam, but then throw in that final 6km up to Pico de los Reales and you have a real tough mountain there.
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Old 10-22-12, 18:24
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wait are guys telling me that we could actually get a couple of proper mountain stages at the vuelta? believe you i do not. also Collado de las Sabinas is just epic.
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Old 10-22-12, 18:30
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I came here to say "btw, wasn't Peñas Blancas the climb Libertine talked so much about?". Too late it seems.

Let's not get carried away though, Hautacam is quite harder than Peñas Blancas.

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more than half the stages MTF, plus two descent finishes... how many stages will not be won by a gc guy?
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Old 10-22-12, 18:52
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more than half the stages MTF, plus two descent finishes... how many stages will not be won by a gc guy?
Seems like they copied that from the Giro.
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more than half the stages MTF, plus two descent finishes... how many stages will not be won by a gc guy?
Yes!!!
I'm liking the sound of this vuelta.
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Old 10-22-12, 18:59
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Seems like they copied that from the Giro.
Never saw a Giro with more than half the stages mtf sorry
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