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58th Vuelta a España - Spain, September 6-28, 2003
Stage 12 - Thursday, September 18: Cuenca - Albacete, 168.8km
Start time: 13:35 CEST
The balance of power is restored after the first round of mountains, as the sprinters can look forward to another downhill stage from Cuenca to Albacete. After a Cat. 3 warm up in the first 15 kilometres of racing, the profile is favourable for fast speeds and to break away from the peloton will require timing, strength, and a little luck. The flat finish is ideal for team tactics and if more than one of the sprinters' teams work together at the front, escapes will be few and far between.