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September 15 post: Stage 18 is a short, flat stage heading southwest across the central plateau between two Castilla y León cities that have hosted Vuelta stages many times in the past, Valladolid and Salamanca. In fact, Valladolid was the first stage finish of the Vuelta when it first ran back in 1935.

Several sprinters have opted out recently to start their Worlds preparations including stage 6 winner Thor Hushovd and the winless Oscar Freire. Mark Cavendish is still here; he can't leave if he's wearing the Green Jersey! Tune in to see whether he wins the sprint finish in Salamanca after the peloton does one circuit of the city. — Steve

In 1994, helmetless Mario Cipollini crashed badly at the Vuelta stage finish in Salamanca

(Y! 2010 Edition)