Seen as the easiest stage of this year’s Vuelta, sprinters will have one of their few remaining chances to steal the limelight from the major GC riders today. Many suffered the previous day in the mountains, plenty of the fast-men crossing the line 15 to 17 minutes down on Fabio Aru’s fantastic win.
Racing around eight laps of Logrono, the route takes them through and out of the town until the 166.4km are completed. It is an extremely simple day in the saddle and even the finish will be seen as a straightforward drag race except for a few roundabouts.
Nacer Bouhanni will be everyone’s favourite after getting the better of John Degenkolb in the last sprint finish, displaying an incredible turn of pace once more. However, the finish is long and wide, not favouring Bouhanni’s standard tactic of lurking in the wheels before unleashing a sharp burst late on to edge out the competition. John Degenkolb seems a more inviting prospect for the win today, as the afore mentioned finish should guarantee a perfect lead out from Giant-Shimano and a good stretch of road for him to sustain a big sprint over.
1st Degenkolb 2nd Bouhanni 3rd Ferrari