2016 Vuelta a España, stage 9: Cistierna > Alto del Naranco





And I believe this is the right profile:



1 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 29:55:54
2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:19
3 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:27
4 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange 0:00:57
5 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky 0:01:16
6 Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team 0:01:36
7 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team 0:01:39
8 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:44
9 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:01:46
10 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team

Although a category 2, this climb has a couple of kilometres where an attack can happen.
And the terrain preceding the climb could provide some action.
Quintana should take advantage of today's momentum... Gain time wherever he can.
 
One of the great historic climbs in Spain this one. I think Sanchez will try something here in his home town.

On a side note, glad to see they have changed Puerto de Tarna and replaced it with San Isidro. I wrote in the Vuelta preview thread how terrible the surface was on Tarna - would have certainly been crashes. Good decision by the organisers.
 
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Probably a stage for the break. Does anyone know what the weather will be like? If it rains the up and down on the last 50 kilometers could be very interesting.

Edit: I would actually like this stage even more without the mtf. This Vuelta has enough mtf's anyway.
 
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Gigs_98 said:
Probably a stage for the break. Does anyone know what the weather will be like? If it rains the up and down on the last 50 kilometers could be very interesting.

Edit: I would actually like this stage even more without the mtf. This Vuelta has enough mtf's anyway.
Agreed, cut the last climb or put a hill in there or a descent after this would be a great stage - riders still can make it so though, especially with this field.
 
Thanks. Haven't been home all day so no time to make one :) quite nice that the Vuelta makes these youtube stages on days like this actually.

Anyway, certainly a break. No Purito to ride for the stage this time.
 
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Escarabajo said:
It looks like a transition stage. It will be won by the breakaway. GT contenders have a big day on Monday.
Yeah, they'll probably try to keep their powder dry for Lagos de Cowabunga.
 
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Does anyone know how hard the first climb is? There's been some tough, non categoried climbs already.
 
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peloton said:
Does anyone know how hard the first climb is? There's been some tough, non categoried climbs already.
Not especially. Mostly false flat with a few tougher ramps.



Apart from one little ramp the penultimate climb isn't too tough:



The real shame is that they don't loop around Oviedo and finish with the Violeo-Naranco double from the Vuelta a Asturias in 2011 and 2012, which cuts Monte Naranco in half and reduces it to cat.3 but adds another short steep climb before it:

 

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