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Aug 24, 2016 – When the Vuelta peloton reaches the stage 6 finish in Luintra on Thursday they’re going to have a sense of déjà-vu, because Luintra is only 20 kilometers from Ourense, where this 2016 Vuelta a España started last Saturday. To complete this weeklong loop around the Galicia region, Thursday’s stage winds through and around the spectacular gorges of the Sil River and the vineyards of the Ribeira Sacra.
#PelotonShorts by John Wilcockson/Photo by Yuzuru Sunada
The 163-kilometer stage gets increasingly hilly through the day, including the Cat. 2 Alto Alenza (11 kilometers at 5 percent), 47 kilometers from the finish, followed by two uncategorized climbs in the last 15 kilometers. It’s a stage similar to another one in the Galicia region four years ago, when Belgium’s Thomas De Gendt led a six-man breakaway (in this image, he’s being followed by Germany’s Linus Gerdemann and Britain’s Steve Cummings, the eventual stage winner in 2012).
With the 2016 Vuelta field already scattered over an hour by two mountaintop finishes, a breakaway is almost certain to succeed on this lumpy stage. In fact, De Gendt, who won the most aggressive rider award on Tuesday, is a strong candidate for a stage win in Luintra.