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20 Nov 2017 13:49

The stage in Ourense is confirmed. Departure, finish and course are still unknown.
http://www.ciclo21.com/vuelta-espana-2018/
https://www.lavozdegalicia.es/noticia/deportes/2017/11/17/vuelta-2018-incluira-ourense-recorrido/0003_201711G17P47993.htm

The city of Burgos bids for a stage departure.
http://www.diariodeburgos.es/Noticia/Z172F81A1-BC4F-598F-5094BBC5572CF4C3/Burgos-quiere-mas-Vuelta
If they get it I guess it would be after the second rest day between the Asturian mountains and the Bizkaine stage to Monte Oiz.
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24 Nov 2017 13:27

Covadonga confirmed. Most probably on Sunday 9/9, the day after the centenary celebrations
http://www.lne.es/oriente/2017/11/23/lagos-seran-final-etapa-vuelta/2197912.html

On the other hand, there are rumours about a stage in Catalunya. Unipubic would like a mountain stage in Val d'Aran, but the cities of Lleida and Tarragona have also offered to host a stage finish.
https://www.diaridetarragona.com/deportes/Tarragona-podria-acoger-un-final-de-etapa-de-la-Vuelta-2018-20171123-0047.html
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30 Nov 2017 10:11

Galicia will host two stages. The first one around the Ribeira Sacra with finish town still unknown and the second one with finish at Estaca de Bares, the northernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula. They mention that this second stage will go through Ribadeo, so most of the course will be along the coast with hilly terrain in the last kms.
https://www.lavozdegalicia.es/noticia/deportes/2017/11/30/galicia-acogera-dos-etapas-vuelta-espana-2018/0003_201711G30P52991.htm

My guess is these stages will be on Wednesday and Thursday of the second week, just before the mountain stages in Asturias and Leon
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01 Dec 2017 20:42

The first Galician stage is almost confirmed to be on Wed 5th of September. Departure will be from somewhere in the province of Zamora and will finish at Luintra.
http://www.laregion.es/articulo/deporte-local/ourense-regresa-vuelta/20171201080433751944.html

Luintra already hosted a stage finish in 2016 with victory for Simon Yates. Expect the same kind of hilly course around the River Sil canyon.
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05 Dec 2017 22:31

Stage 4 will depart from Nerja (Malaga) and will finish in a hill near the town of Alfacar, in the outskirts of Granada
http://cadenaser.com/emisora/2017/12/05/radio_granada/1512463674_218368.html
This is the only profile I have found. The text indicates a different beginning of the climb making it only 12km long and sharing only the last 5 km with this profile.
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Stage 5 will depart from Granada and will travel to the province of Almeria.
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06 Dec 2017 00:06

ice&fire wrote:Stage 4 will depart from Nerja (Malaga) and will finish in a hill near the town of Alfacar, in the outskirts of Granada
http://cadenaser.com/emisora/2017/12/05/radio_granada/1512463674_218368.html
This is the only profile I have found. The text indicates a different beginning of the climb making it only 12km long and sharing only the last 5 km with this profile.
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Stage 5 will depart from Granada and will travel to the province of Almeria.

I guess it'll be via Alfacar or Viznar, but there is a lot of nice dirt roads in the area like the eastern side from Prado Negro (near A-92) or a sideroad from Viznar labeled as GR-3103... after further investigation Prado Negro won't work as there's nothing besides the A-92 motorway.
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18 Dec 2017 20:17

This link more or less confirms two of the MTFs before the second rest day.
http://www.leonoticias.com/deportes/ciclismo/camperona-picos-jueces-20171208131131-nt.html

Friday 7th of Sep: La Camperona, coming from Asturias through Puerto de Tarna.
Saturday 8th of Sep: Lagos de Covadonga, entering Asturias through San Isidro. I can't see anything more than one or two cat 2 climbs far away from the fininsh.
This leaves the other rumoured MTF to Sunday 9th of Sep: Praeres de Nava.

I have a hard time believing the order of the last two. Regarding the finish at Covadonga, Unipublic is in talks with the National Park authorities to have the finish at the old site at Lago de la Ercina, that's 1km more of climbing than we've got in recent years. If they don't include a proper sequence of climbs in the stage to Praeres we're set for a very dissapointing weekend.
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18 Dec 2017 20:56

The rumour of Andorra is confirmed according to Ciclo21
http://www.ciclo21.com/vuelta-espana-2018/

There will be a finish coming from the province of Huesca with two climbs in Spain and La Comella with a finish in town. The second stage will be 'spectacular'. A copy of (or a variation on) the 2015 stage is in the making.

So the rumour of Javalambre was Unipublic trolling us.


Olders posts in Ciclo 21 include the departures and finishes of some stages in the first week. These allow completing a route with only two gaps.

Stage 1: Malaga ITT
Stage 2: Marbella - Caminito del Rey (MTF)
Stage 3: Mijas - Alhaurín de la Torre
Stage 4: Velez Málaga - La Alfaguara (MTF)
Stage 5: Granada - Province of Almería???
Stage 6: Huercal Overa - Province of Murcia???
Stage 7: Puerto Lumbreras - Pozo Alcón
Stage 8: Linares - Castilla la Mancha???
Stage 9: ??? - La Covatilla (MTF)
Rest day (Monday)
Stage 10: Salamanca - Fermoselle?
Stage 11: Province of Zamora??? - Luintra
Stage 12: ??? - Estaca de Bares
Stage 13: Candás - La Camperona (MTF)
Stage 14: Cistierna - Lagos de Covadonga (MTF)
Stage 15: ??? - Les Praeres? (MTF)
Rest day (Monday)
Stage 16: ???
Stage 17: Getxo - Monte Oiz (MTF)
Stage 18: ???
Stage 19: Province of Huesca? - Andorra
Stage 20: Andorra 'spectacular' mountain stage (MTF?)
Stage 21: Madrid

I have tentatively placed the Monte Oiz stage on Wednesday to avoid the 4 MTFs in a row. There are two gaps, one of them I would expect is an ITT. I have counted 8 MTFs but rumours said that Guillén said there would be 10. So maybe there are a couple of small muritos there I'm missing or one of the unknown stages in the last week is another MTF.
Waiting to see the detailed stage routes this can be anything from garbage to decent.
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18 Dec 2017 22:39

That Andorra rumor has peaked my interest, though it's about the first exciting rumor I've ehraed about the race.
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Re: Vuelta a España 2018 Rumours

19 Dec 2017 19:03

I read somewhere Picos Buitre would be in. Could it be one of the MTF's?
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Re: Vuelta a España 2018 Rumours

19 Dec 2017 19:29

Kyllingen86 wrote:I read somewhere Picos Buitre would be in. Could it be one of the MTF's?

Pico del Buitre is 6hrs driving from both the Basque Country and Andorra. There's just no way they fit that and Andorra without facing a protest from the teams because of ridiculous transfers the very same day the route is presented.
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Re: Vuelta a España 2018 Rumours

19 Dec 2017 23:40

Okay thanks!


I read it on cyclingstage but apparently, unless there is a mountain with the same name, something is way wrong in that article. It says Pico del Buitre is in Aragon.
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Re: Vuelta a España 2018 Rumours

20 Dec 2017 20:25

Kyllingen86 wrote:Okay thanks!


I read it on cyclingstage but apparently, unless there is a mountain with the same name, something is way wrong in that article. It says Pico del Buitre is in Aragon.

Pico del Buitre is indeed in Aragón; but it's in the South of Aragón, near Valencia and far from the way between the Basque Country and Andorra. It's not the first time that Unipublic leaks a fake rumour.
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23 Dec 2017 17:12

AS has been running a series of articles in recent days about the Vuelta.

This one on the three new MTFs (Alfaguara, Les Praeres and Oiz)
https://as.com/ciclismo/2017/12/22/vuelta_espana/1513914528_477281.html

This one confirms the Andorra stages on last week's Friday and Saturday
https://as.com/ciclismo/2017/12/22/vuelta_espana/1513913233_213956.html

This one just gives some statistics: 9 MTFs and 49 KOMs
https://as.com/ciclismo/2017/12/22/vuelta_espana/1513912322_895282.html

And the final one, which regarding the course it states that Les Praeres will be the stage on Asturias Regional Day (Sat 8th of September).
https://as.com/opinion/2017/12/23/blogs/1514037601_519122.html

This means that the order of MTFs before the second rest day will be La Camperona, Les Praeres and Covadonga.
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27 Dec 2017 15:10

The finish at Pozo Alcón (stage 7) is expected to include a loop with two linked climbs: Vadillo Castril and Tiscar. My guess is that both are no more than cat2 climbs, followed by a final 6-7 km going up at 3-4%. Anyway it looks like an interesting finish.
Stage 8 will finish at Almadén (flat).
Stage 9 will depart from Talavera de la Reina and will be 226 km long, but there's no mention of any climb before La Covatilla. We'll have to wait for additional details.
http://www.diariojaen.es/deportes/la-etapa-de-pozo-alcon-constara-de-tres-puertos-y-185-kilometros-CM3538545

ITT will be in Cantabria, probably in Torrelavega. There are no details on route and distance, but according to ciclo2.com it should be between 30 and 40 km.
http://www.eldiariomontanes.es/deportes/ciclismo/cantabria-nuevo-escenario-20171227220848-ntvo.html

Stage 1: Malaga ITT
Stage 2: Marbella - Caminito del Rey (MTF)
Stage 3: Mijas - Alhaurín de la Torre
Stage 4: Velez Málaga - La Alfaguara (MTF)
Stage 5: Granada - Province of Almería???
Stage 6: Huercal Overa - Province of Murcia???
Stage 7: Puerto Lumbreras - Pozo Alcón
Stage 8: Linares - Almadén
Stage 9: Talavera de la Reina - La Covatilla (MTF)
Rest day (Monday)
Stage 10: Salamanca - Fermoselle?
Stage 11: Province of Zamora??? - Luintra
Stage 12: ??? - Estaca de Bares
Stage 13: Candás - La Camperona (MTF)
Stage 14: Cistierna - Les Praeres (MTF)
Stage 15: ??? - Lagos de Covadonga (MTF)
Rest day (Monday)
Stage 16: Torrelavega? (ITT)
Stage 17: Getxo - Monte Oiz (MTF)
Stage 18: ???
Stage 19: Province of Huesca? - Andorra
Stage 20: Andorra 'spectacular' mountain stage (MTF?)
Stage 21: Madrid
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27 Dec 2017 15:22

ice&fire wrote:Stage 9 will depart from Talavera de la Reina and will be 226 km long.


:eek: :eek: for Vuelta standards... sadly it's due to be Unipuerto :(
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27 Dec 2017 16:55

Not possible to be Unipuerto from Talavera de la Reina as they've got to get from the southern to the northern Meseta plateaus, the latter of which is higher. (Piornal)-Honduras-(La Garganta or El Cerro)-La Covatilla or (Piornal)-Tornavacas-(Tremedal)-La Covatilla would seem most likely.
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27 Dec 2017 17:08

Damn, a hard Covatilla stage, me gusta! Def one of my favourite climbs, at least in Spain.
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27 Dec 2017 18:48

Hey, just because it's impossible to be Unipuerto doesn't mean they won't make it the only relevant climb. They could also go over Pico then go all rolling in the northern Meseta through Ávila province, or just sidestep Piornal and just put Tornavacas first. It'll be a tougher stage than 2011 regardless coming from Talavera, but that doesn't automatically mean it's going to be a good design.
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27 Dec 2017 21:39

Libertine Seguros wrote:Not possible to be Unipuerto from Talavera de la Reina as they've got to get from the southern to the northern Meseta plateaus, the latter of which is higher. (Piornal)-Honduras-(La Garganta or El Cerro)-La Covatilla or (Piornal)-Tornavacas-(Tremedal)-La Covatilla would seem most likely.

I see, thanks
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