Stage 11 leaves from the The Jurassic Museum of Asturias in Colunga, a small town on the northern coast of Asturias. The course leads in a straight line to the east without significant altitude changes. Those are saved for the last kilometres.
The Peña Cabarga is not long, 6 kilometres, and not high, at elevation of 569 metres, but what the climb sure is: vicious. The gradient rises as high as 18% at around 800 metres under the top, while the average gradient is an impressive 9.4%.
It will be the fifth time the Vuelta is to finish at the top of the Peña Cabarga. Previous winners are Ángel López del Álamo (1979), Joaquim Rodrígues (2010), Chris Froome, and Vasili Kiryienka (2013).
Riders who did their job and don’t think have GC-ambitions can seize the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful views. From the Peña Cabarga you can see nearly the entire coast of Cantabria, the Bay of Santander and, on clear days, you even look as far as the provinces of Vizcaya and Burgos.
Time bonuses at 10, 6 and 4 seconds lay waiting at the finish line, while the intermediate sprint at kilometre 121,7 kilometres comes with 3, 2 and 1 seconds.
Results/ race report 11th stage 2016 Vuelta.
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