Vuelta a España Vuelta a España 2021: Stage 7 (Gandia - Balcón de Alicante, 152.0 km)

The first stage with multiple actual climbs. This being Valencia, it comes as no surprise that the major mountains still elude us for a little longer, but this should still be a good day of racing.





Climbs
Puerto La Llacuna


Beniarrés (first 6.8k only)


Puerto de Benilloba (first 2.9k of profile 1 + 1.5k at 3.3% + final 1.5 of profile 2)




Puerto de Tudons


Puerto El Collao (final 16.4k only)


Puerto de Tibi (final 5.4k only)


Balcón de Alicante


Better profile of the steep part:
 
Full stage TV broadcast

No public allowed in the final climb due to risk of fire

Balcón de Alicante is somewhat similar to its sister climb Xorret del Catí. They're on the same mountain range, just 6km apart from each other.

I expect those who lost time today to lose more time tomorrow
 
The first stage with multiple actual climbs. This being Valencia, it comes as no surprise that the major mountains still elude us for a little longer, but this should still be a good day of racing.





Climbs
Puerto La Llacuna


Beniarrés (first 6.8k only)


Puerto de Benilloba (first 2.9k of profile 1 + 1.5k at 3.3% + final 1.5 of profile 2)




Puerto de Tudons


Puerto El Collao (final 16.4k only)


Puerto de Tibi (final 5.4k only)


Balcón de Alicante


Better profile of the steep part:
In my opinion this is far easier than Xorret de Catí




I think the little flats inbetween steep pinches are very important. Also Xorret has a full km at 15%, Balcón de alicante has like 200m at that gradient.
 
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Roglic or Bernal. Mas third. Movistar should attack on the last climb, they have the GC threats to play with it now before they lose one or two.
Before.

They need to isolate Roglic early in the stage, and then start sending guys up the road that Roglic will have to chase. Preferably in the company of an Ineos rider (but not Carapaz obv) who Roglic will also have to chase.

If this all happens on the final climb, it will be too late to have an impact.

This will also be a good stage for sending guys in the break (Erviti, Oliveira/Pidcok, van Baarle/but also Oomen/Hofstede)
 
Before.

They need to isolate Roglic early in the stage, and then start sending guys up the road that Roglic will have to chase. Preferably in the company of an Ineos rider (but not Carapaz obv) who Roglic will also have to chase.

If this all happens on the final climb, it will be too late to have an impact.

This will also be a good stage for sending guys in the break (Erviti, Oliveira/Pidcok, van Baarle/but also Oomen/Hofstede)
I think Padun + Yates/Carapaz + Valverde should go long range on Collao if Roglic is isolated or only with Kuss.
 
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Before.

They need to isolate Roglic early in the stage, and then start sending guys up the road that Roglic will have to chase. Preferably in the company of an Ineos rider (but not Carapaz obv) who Roglic will also have to chase.

If this all happens on the final climb, it will be too late to have an impact.

This will also be a good stage for sending guys in the break (Erviti, Oliveira/Pidcok, van Baarle/but also Oomen/Hofstede)
Movistar might sacrifice Valverde by attacking wary but no way they have Mas or Lopez attack before the last climb. Ineos and Movistar can isolate Roglic before the second to last climb and I can see Carapaz or Yates attacking on that climb.
 
Movistar might sacrifice Valverde by attacking wary but no way they have Mas or Lopez attack before the last climb. Ineos and Movistar can isolate Roglic before the second to last climb and I can see Carapaz or Yates attacking on that climb.
Probably Yates. Like I said, Carapaz going will just trigger a Movistar chase, and would render isolating Roglic a pointless exercise.
 

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