The twentieth stage of the Back to Spain This Saturday is the last opportunity to change things in the general classification, although it will be difficult given the superiority of the Jumbo Visma and the strength of the leader Sepp Kusswith a tour of the Sierra de Guadarrama and ten chained ports.
A long route, the longest of this 2023 edition, with 208.4 kilometers between Manzanares El Real and the town of Guadarrama and ten Third Category ports along the way, of which four are climbed twice.
Curiously, the only ones that are not repeated are the first, the Portazgo Hill (10.8 km at 3.4 percent gradient), and the last, el Alto de San Lorenzo del Escorial (4.6 km at 6.6), whose summit is located 12 kilometers from the finish line.
From one to the other, double pass The hidden one (9 km at 4.1) and the heights of Santa María de la Alameda (5 km at 5.6) and Robledondo (3rd; 5.1 to 4.8 percent).
Short and undemanding portsbut they cause a positive slope of 4,270 metersa more than appreciable amount and the largest of the entire Vuelta above the great mountain stages of the Pyrenees and Asturias.
This penultimate stage of the Vuelta, the last in the competitive sense for the general classification, is reached with the absolute dominance of the Jumbo, with Sepp Kuss as leader and his teammates Jonas Vingegaard and Primoz Roglic escorting himat 17 seconds and 1.08, respectively.
Behind that unapproachable trio, the three best Spaniards led by Juan Ayuso (UAE), who leads Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) and Enric Mas (Movistar) by 19 and 30 seconds, respectively.
Today’s stage of the Vuelta a España
20th stage. Manzanares El Real-Guadarrama 208.4 km
Ports: Km 12.8 Collado del Portazgo (3rd; 10.8 km at 3.4 percent gradient) Km 43 Puerto de la Cruz Verde (3rd; 7 km to 5) Km 70.8 La Escondida (3rd; 9 km to 4.1) Km 87 Alto de Sta. María de la Alameda (3rd; 5 km to 5.6) Km 94 Alto de Robledondo (3rd; 5.1 to 4.8) Km 124.2 La Escondida (3rd , 9 km at 4.1) Km 140.4 Alto de Sta. María de la Alameda (3rd; 5 km at 5.6) Km 147.4 Alto de Robledondo (3rd; 5.1 at 4.8) Km 181 Puerto de la Cruz Verde (3rd, 7.2 to 3.9) Km 195.6 Alto de San Lorenzo de El Escorial (3rd; 4.6 km to 6.6). Bonus (6, 4 and 2 seconds).
Intermediate sprint: Km 192.8. San Lorenzo del Escorial.
Schedule for stage 20 of the Vuelta a España 2023
Departure time: 12.02
Arrival time: 17:30
Intermediate average: 38 km/h.