Stage 18 of the 2017 Vuelta a España is the second of the final week’s climbing tests for the general classification hopefuls.

The 169-kilometre route from Suances to Santo Toribio de Liébana features four categorised climbs: the Collada de Carmona, Collada de Ozalba, the Collada de la Hoz, and the Alto de Santo Toribio de Liébana.

This final third-category climb rises all the way to the finish line, being 3.2km long with an average gradient of 6.4 per cent

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Chris Froome (Team Sky) still leads the race by 1-16 over Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), but his lead has been slashed after being dropped on the finishing climb of Los Machucos on stage 17.

Froome will be hoping that his lead stays intact on stages 18 and 19, with the race likely to be decided on the Alto de l’Angliru on stage 20.

You can watch highlights of the stage here, and read our full stage 18 race report here.

The 2017 Vuelta a España finishes in Madrid on Sunday, September 10.