There are two Category 3 climbs in the closing kilometres of today’s stage, the first, the Alto del Berra, crested 39 kilometres from the finish ahead of the first passage of the finish line in Totana. From there, the riders head up the Alto de la Santa, whose summit is just 12 kilometres from the line, so if there is a break, it may be a tough job to bring it back by the finish. The roads today will be familiar to those who have raced in the early-seaon Tour of Murcia.
“There could be a break that is difficult to bring back, or someone could go on the attack from the group on that last climb, so if the sprinters’ teams let them go by more than 30 seconds it could be easy for someone to chip away and stay clear till the finish. That’s a bit of an outside bet though, the wind may play a part but I think it will probably be a sprint, although it could be an exciting last few kilometres.”
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Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.