Going to a mountain stage would require a trip of several days.
They are changed for individual requirements, especially in the mountain stages.
The next day, he closed the gap by another 19 seconds in the first mountain stage.
All three, however, had bad days in stage 14, the next mountain stage.
Typically, the course includes up to three time trials, and a number of mountain stages.
This isn't a mountain stage, by the Tour's standards, but neither is it flat.
Fuente tried to take it back in the mountain stage 18, but he failed and even lost some time.
What they did not say was that some other riders already left the tour because of the heavy mountain stages.
The mountain stages, which start next week in the Pyrenees, should make the final decision.
He also won two mountain stages, and rode in the yellow jersey for six days.