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

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Stage 9 - Sunday September 14: Vielha - Envalira (Andorra), 174.8km

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Stage description

Start time: 12:46 CEST
Finish time: 17:45 CEST

Ending a first week in style, the peloton faces its third mountaintop finish in three days. Today's stage features only three climbs, but two Cat. 1 and one HC climb are a tough combination on any day. The climbing begins right from the start with the Port de la Bonaigua, followed by a long descent before tackling the Port del Canto. The day wraps up with a marathon 26km climb to Andorra up the Port d'Envalira. The shaping of the general classification will be well underway by the end of this grueling weekend in the mountains. Rest day, anyone? Not yet.