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Stage 13 starts in Santiago de Compostela, a UNESCO world heritage site (photo credit: compostelavirtual)

August 31 update: Starting from the capital of Galicia (Santiago de Compostela) which is also a UNESCO world heritage site, Stage 13 is a lumpy 173 km north to Ferrol. Given that the next three stages will be tough mountainous days in the Asturias, a break may succeed so the GC contenders can rest up for the difficult days ahead. It will be up to the sprinter teams to bring it back. — Steve