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58th Vuelta a Espaņa - Spain, September 6-28, 2003

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Stage 8 - Saturday, September 13:  Cauterets - Pla de Beret/Val d'Aran, 166km

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Stage description

Start time: 13:08 CEST
Finish time: 17:30 CEST

As the Vuelta hits the one week mark, the racing is only getting tougher. Following an individual time trial and a first day in the high mountains, including the first mountaintop finish, Saturday's Stage 8 combines three Cat. 1 climbs with a finish atop the hors catégorie Alto Plá de Beret. This climb is not the steepest of the race, but at 20 kilometres in length, it will test both the strength and endurance of the climbers. The stage also takes in the Col de Peyresourde and the Col du Portillon, both featured in Stage 14 of this year's Tour de France.