Everything about stage 13 of the Vuelta: finally a prize for green jersey carrier Mads Pedersen?

Everything about stage 13 of the Vuelta: finally a prize for green jersey carrier Mads Pedersen?
Everything about stage 13 of the Vuelta: finally a prize for green jersey carrier Mads Pedersen?

Sign up for our newsletter Stay informed of the latest sports news and results! Registration Every day we look ahead to the next Vuelta stage. Today: stage 13, a relatively easy stage, with a possible sprint (slightly) uphill, where the sprinters/punchers, such as Mads Pederen, can take their chance. Unless the escapees stay ahead. The last chance in this second Vuelta week for the sprinters, in a stage that starts in Ronda. It is known for its beautiful Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) and already hosted the Tour of Spain in 2014, when John Degenkolb took the second of his four stage victories. Now Ronda is the starting point of a short undulating ride to Montilla, a town of over twenty thousand inhabitants south of Cordoba, renowned for its typical white Andalusian houses and especially its winegrowing. It is Montilla’s trump card, which organizes the finish of a Vuelta stage for the first time. Yet it will not be a breeze for the sprinters and their teams. Many teams will want to send their baroudeurs in the flight of the day, possibly already in the first 12 slightly ascending kilometers, after which a long descent follows. An ideal launch pad. The profile of the 13th Vuelta stage. © ASThen it goes over undulating roads to Montilla, over a total of 1535 altimeters. In the final the road climbs slowly again: from 275 meters to 383 meters in the last five kilometers. For the last 800 meters there is still a flat part of a good kilometer, after which it climbs up to the finish first with five, then with a peak of seven and in the last 400 meters with four percent. Refugees vs. sprintersWhether the escapees will fight for the victory there will depend on the quantity and quality of that group. And of the sense of the sprinter teams to count that flight again. Who feels called to take his chance on this sloping finish? Possibly Mads Pedersen, who has not yet been able to win a stage and can extend his lead of 88 points as leader in the points classification, on Marc Soler, who is second in that ranking. The Dane can already create a reassuring gap with the 50 points for the stage victory, with a view to the final win in that classification. BikeExchange, which saw its classification man Simon Yates out with a corona infection, may also want to launch Kaden Groves, the stage winner at the Cabo de Gata, with an eye on valuable points for the World ranking. Half day of rest For the classification riders, including leader Remco Evenepoel, on the other hand, it will be a welcome half ‘rest day’ in the run-up to a tough weekend with two mountain grids. Even if you have to pay attention in the last rising kilometers not to leave any holes, and thus lose valuable time. The map of the 13th Vuelta stage. © ASO

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