Vuelta a España 2022 Vuelta a España stage 6(Bilbao > Ascensión al Pico Jano. San Miguel de Aguayo),181,2 km - Mountain

FERNANDO ESCARTÍN COMMENTARY
MOUNTAIN. A stage where escapes are likely to go well and last until the end. The succession of Las Alisas and the Collada de Bremes will create a natural selection before arriving at Jano Peak. This long, stretched-out, unprecedented mountain pass may leave one of the favourites behind if his strength fails him.




112,2 km: Puerto de Alisas (Cat 2) (8,1 km al 6,4%)



42,2 km: Collada de Brenes (Cat 1) (6,3 km al 8,6%)



12,6 km: Ascensión al Pico Jano (Cat 1) (12,4 km al 6,6%)



BILBAO
Bilbao reasserts its prominent role in this edition by hosting both a stage departure and a finish-line. It will be the third time that the Biscay capital fires the starting gun for a stage with a high-altitude finale, following the one in 1977 that ended in Urkiola and the one in 2019, with a finale at Los Machucos. La Vuelta 22 bids farewell to this Spanish cycling mecca surrounded by the fervour of Basque fans who always turn up to support the international peloton.
  • 33 stages of La Vuelta have departed from Bilbao
  • 350.184 inhabitants
  • Province of Biscay
ASCENSIÓN AL PICO JANO. SAN MIGUEL DE AGUAYO
Cantabria continues to provide us with new and spectacular finales. In 2017, Los Machucos became an instant race classic. In 2022, the Pico Jano hopes to become a new cycling reference. The first high-altitude finale for La Vuelta’s 77th edition will put the peloton to the test with an almost 13km climb featuring several stretches with double-digit inclinations – all the right ingredients for a spectacular and unprecedented climb in the Spanish Grand Tour.
  • Unprecedented Vuelta finale
  • 145 inhabitants
  • Region of Cantabria
 
Not that anyone will necessarily be up for it, but this stage is suited for a long-distance attack from one of the GC- climber contenders. Tough penultimate climb, steep (I think) descent and almost no flat before starting the final climb. We can dream, right?
 
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Seems like not the hardest climb, especially the second part, so i'm assuming Roglic will take boni seconds here (guess on the flat he is probably also the fastest).

Lets see if Higuita is still as bad as 2 days ago..
who else will already show cracks? How will the teams do on the climbs...
 
Seems like not the hardest climb, especially the second part, so i'm assuming Roglic will take boni seconds here (guess on the flat he is probably also the fastest).

Lets see if Higuita is still as bad as 2 days ago..
who else will already show cracks? How will the teams do on the climbs...
Yes the bonuses always come in handy for Roglic and the TTT didn't hurt !
 
This is the stage best suited for a long-range GC attack all the way up to stage 20. Let that one sink in.

As it is, it's early enough in the race that the best GC riders will either stay together or regroup on the second half of the MTF. Groupama will be keeping the break within 5 minutes so hopefully another team feels like upping the pace in the second half as we will definitely be sick of breakaway days before the race is over.
 

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