Stage 7: a hill top finish to sabugal the last 3k profiles aren't available yet so i am not sure how though this one is, but maybe libertine can give me a hand on this one
Stage 8: The queen stage of the vuelta by far, finishing on the Alto the torre climbed from the toughest side, the seia side. before the reach the torre however they have to climb 2 tough first category climbs, penhas da saude and penhas douradas 2 climbs with no flat in btw them so attack can be made there by the second tier contenders. after those climbs there is a long 40k downhill that leads to the bottom of the torre climb. The climb to the torre is a beast, nearly 30k long it has the steepest sections which reach 17% on the first part of the climb up to the small downhill section. after the downhill section the climb remains steep for 10k before transforming itself into an endless 10k drag to finish at 1.8k meters of altitude which no protection to the wind with constant 5 to 7% gradients. Gaps are always huge on this climbs and any1 on a bad day better be prepared to loose minutes!!!!
Results from last year when the mighty tavira train made sky look like a bunch of amateurs and put minutes into every1 cept rui sousa who managed to hang on for dear life till the finish where he tried but failed to outsprint Andre Cardoso:
1-André CARDOSO Tavira/Prio 5:28:58
2-Rui SOUSA Barbot/Efapel m.t.
3-Ricardo MESTRE Tavira/Prio a 0:00:03
4-Nelson VITORINO Tavira/Prio a 0:00:14
5-Célio SOUSA ONDA/Boavista a 0:01:47
6-Hernâni BRÔCO LA/Antarte a 0:02:06
7-Delio FERNANDEZ ONDA/Boavista a 0:02:17
8-Francesco GAVAZZI Lampre/ISD a 0:02:40
9-Sergio RIBEIRO Barbot/Efapel a 0:03:25
10-João CABREIRA ONDA/Boavista a 0:03:28
Stage 9: A flat 36k long itt, the pure climbers will have to work hard to defend their hard gained time on the previous days if they want to win the volta.
Stage 10: Parade into lisbon. . .