Vuelta heads for first major showdown on Tuesday

Sierra Nevada, Ruta del Sol 2011, stage 3

The battle for the 2011 Vuelta a Espana's overall starts with a vengeance on stage four of the race on Tuesday, with no less than 50 kilometres of classified climbs and a summit finish at more than 2,000 metres above sea level.

"It's not going to be absolutely decisive but it will be a big day for the favourites," race director Javier Guillen told Cycling Weekly.

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