After the first rest day, the riders face 164km of racing on stage 10, described as a “transition stage” by the organisers of the Vuelta a España.
However, the organisers must have a cruel sense of humour, as the stage still features one third-category and one first-category climb, plus a precipitous descent towards the finish in Elpozo Alimentacion.
After winning on the final climb to Cumbre del Sol on stage nine, Chris Froome will be confident of maintaining his 36-second lead at the top of the general classification.
However with a descent towards the finish, and wet conditions forecast, we could see attacks from the bolder descenders among the race contenders, perhaps with Vincenzo Nibali tempted to show his hand.
Catch-up with highlights of the Vuelta a España stage 10 here or read our full report here.
The Vuelta continues on Wednesday with another day in the mountains on the 187.5km stage 11.