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63rd Vuelta a España - GT
Spain, August 30 - September 21, 2008
Stage 7 - September 6: Barbastro - Andorra, 233.2km
After one day of rest the queen of stages awaits the riders. At 233.2 kilometres it is not only the longest, but with one category three, one category two, one category one and the hors-category finish in Andorra it is also one of the toughest stages in this year's race.
The cat two Port de Monllobat will be tackled after 60 kilometres and the Collado de Faidella about halfway through. But it isn't until the bunch heads from Spain into the Andorra, after 176 kilometres, when it will start to get interesting. The road climbs to 910 metres at Sant Juliá de Loira. Then the road continues vertically towards the cat one Alto de la Rabassa. It tops out at 1860 metres.
From the summit it is 30 more kilometres to the finish. 14 of those are downhill. Then the final 17.1 kilometres towards the finish are uphill. The line is at the Alto de Naturlandia – La Rabassa, at 2050 metres of altitude.