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57th Vuelta a España
Spain, September 7- 29, 2002
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Stage 5 - September 11: El Ejido o Almeria - Sierra Nevada, 198 km
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Start time: 11:45 CEST
Finish time: 17:15 CEST
The mountains. Stage five will see the riders leave El Ejido for a day of hurt,
culminating in a climb up Alto de Sierra Nevada at the 160 kilometre mark. The
route throws a number of climbs at the riders, starting with Bérchules,
a second category climb, in the first 40 kilometres of the stage, and Lanzarón,
a third category climb at 117 kilometres.
But it will be Sierra Nevada that separates the men from the boys, rising 1800
meters over 37 kilometres, averaging a gradient of between 4.7% and 8.3%. The
last time La Vuelta visited Sierra Nevada was in 1997 when the French rider
Ledanois won the stage.
Expect the overall lead to change significantly at the close of the stage.