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57th Vuelta a España

Spain, September 7- 29, 2002

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Stage 16 - September 24: Avilés - León, 154.7 km

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

The 16th stage from Aviles to Leon follows the second rest day, and by now the shape of the general classification should be clear. Today's stage includes the tough Pajares pass, a 13.6 km climb averaging 6.6%, but with a maximum grade of 17% - not one for the sprinters, although there are still 65 km of racing following the top of the climb.

The Vuelta first visited Leon in 1945, when Julián Berrendero won the stage. Last year Erik Zabel triumphed in a bunch sprint after 140 km.