|The top gradient on the final climb (Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)|
Many of these centred on the design of the route, which once again went in for a huge helping of uphill finishes. There were 10 this year, maintaining an average of 9.6 across the five previous editions.
The exigencies of the route, which led Tyler Farrar to describe this Vuelta as the hardest Grand Tour he’s ever done, can be seen as the cause of some of the race’s controversies.
Despite the issues and debates that will run and run, Guillén was keen to highlight the positives, and sought to highlight the Vuelta's position as an ideal part of a Grand Tour double.