Mountain passes stage 5:
- Km. 125.4 Alto de Vio (2nd) 13.5 kms at 4.7%
- Km. 136.5 Alto de Fanlo (3rd) 6.4 kms at 4.6%
- Km. 166.7 Alto de Petralba (2nd) 8.7 kms at 5.2%
We have seen the favorites fight for victory, triumph at second swords like Marc Soler and raise their arms in the sprint. The only thing missing is a successful escape in this Cycling Tour of Spain .
In the fifth stage, a half Pyrenean mountain appears that was designed as an aperitif to binge on the Tourmalet. The day will run entirely through the province of Huesca with an itinerary of 184.4 kilometers between the Walqa de Huesca Technology Park and Sabiñánigo.
A return to the more remote past since Huesca can be considered a purely cycling territory, either as leisure or competition, and also a cycling cradle. More than 152 years ago, the Huesca Mariano Catalán built the first three bicycles in Spain in the image of the one presented at the universal exposition in Paris in 1868, with which he and two good friends ventured to make the first cycling route, from Huesca to Zaragoza.
The first part of the stage has no difficulties, but after the equator, three ports await not very hard but on narrow roads and stark asphalt . All in the last 50 kilometers.
Any mechanical incident or sign of weakness can pay dearly in an area where team cars will not be able to easily serve their cyclists. Something that important names such as Esteban Chaves or Marc Soler have already accused.
The route designed by the Aragonese Fernando Escartín, technical director of the Vuelta and a native of the nearby town of Biescas from which the sixth stage will start the next day, will not allow any relaxation.
It is to be assumed that adventurers will jump in search of the good escape, but also that the strongest teams try to tighten the rope in case it breaks in a mistake.