The last mountain stage of the 2017 Vuelta a España starts in Corvera, a place in Asturias near Oviedo, Gijón and Avilés.
The final of battle of the race will take place on the flank of the Alto de El Angliru. The closing climb of 12.5 kilometres comes with an average gradient of 10.13%, while the steepest ramps are 23.5%.
Actually there are three Angliru’s – that is, the climb breaks down to three different sectors. The first 5 kilometres go up at 8% and following a relatively flat kilometre the rest of the mountain accounts for pure horror with an average gradient of 15%. Riders face the steepest sector of 23.5% – aptly named Cueña les Cabres (goat path) – with 3 kilometres remaining.
In the 2013 Vuelta the Angliru stage was won Kenny Elissonde, while Chris Horner held off Vincenzo Nibali to cement his GC lead, which ultimately led him to win the race that year.
Other victors on the Angliru are Juan José Cobo (2011), Alberto Contador (2008), Roberto Heras (2002), Gilberto Simoni (2002) and José María Jiménez (1999).
The first three riders to arrive on the summit take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds.
Vuelta 2017 stage 20: Route maps, height profiles, and more
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