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August 21 post: Stage 3 starts inland of the Mediterranean from the industrial town of Petrer before a lumpy southwest ride through Baetic System (mountain range) featuring two cat 3 climbs in the last half of the race. The finish is in Totana, a mid-size desert town in the Murcia region where the last several kms of this stage will be flat. The last cat 3 climb crests just 13 km from the finish so look for a successful break. — Steve