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Spain’s big bike race, the Vuelta a Es­pana (Aug

10-Sep 10), is usu­ally the place to spot new names bound for Tour de France fame – this year’s yel­low-jer­sey wearer, Fabio Aru, won the Vuelta in 2015, and in­tended to tar­get it again this year, by­pass­ing theTDF (good that he changed his mind). Among its Grand Tour peers, it’s known for pack­ing in the most moun­tain fin­ishes; the route this year doesn’t dis­ap­point, with the penul­ti­mate stage tak­ing place on the famed Alto de l’Angliru, touted as the tough­est climb in pro­fes­sional cy­cling. In an­other in­ter­est­ing wrin­kle, this race be­gins in France – the de­par­ture from Nimes is only the third time that the Vuelta has be­gun out­side of Spain.

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