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57th Vuelta a España

Spain, September 7- 29, 2002

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Stage 6 - September 12: Granada - La Pandera (Jaen), 153.1 km

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Stage description

Start time: 13:14 CEST
Finish time: 17:15 CEST

Stage six shows no respite for the riders, with the second of the La Vuelta's mountainous stages. The race leaves Granada and before the riders are even warmed up heads up to Las Encebras, a third category climb. A few more ups and downs before kilometre 73, when the riders start the descent down to Jaen, the only real break for the stage.

The it's back up, with the riders facing Los Villares, a second category climb and then comes the 13 kilometres that lead to Sierra de la Pandera. Sierra de la Pandera, a special category climb of 700 meters over eight kilometres, will break a number of rider's spirits, with one short section claiming the race's steepest gradient of a whopping 15%.

La Pandera is known as the southern Angliru due to it's spirit crushing steepness, and those who wish to win the 2002 Vuelta a España will need to ensure that they have plenty of energy in reserve before the climb starts.