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63rd Vuelta a España - GT

Spain, August 30 - September 21, 2008

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Stage 14 - September 14: Oviedo - E. E. Fuentes de Invierno, 158.4km

Stage 14 from Oviedo to Fuentes de Invierno is only be 150 kilometres long, but it may prove to be even tougher than the Angliru. The profile is extremely saw-blade like. Many of the little, steep rises, are not even categorised. But the stage does start with a categorised hill. The Alto del Padrún comes after only nine kilometres.

After many of the small rises the category two Alto de San Emiliano comes at kilometre 70.5. The category three Alto de la Camporada and the Alto de La Falla de Los Lobos (another climb meaning rift of the wolfs....) prepare the riders for the category one Alto de la Coladona.

The final climb is used for the first time. Fourteen kilometres will bring the riders up to 1,496 metres atop the category one Fuentes de Invierno. Fuentes of the winter? Will the name serve as a reminder of dark and cold times of any doping scandals?

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