Vuelta 2020 Route stage 12: Pola Laviana - Angliru

Vuelta a España stage 12Sunday 1 November - The 12th stage of the Vuelta a España is bound to bring spectacle. The route runs to a summit finish at the iconic Angliru. The 12.5 kilometres ascent slopes at 9.8%.

La Vuelta last visited Alto de El Angliru in 2017, the last mountain stage of tireless attacker Alberto Contador. In fact it was the penultimate race of that edition. El Pistolero had been on the attack for three weeks without winning.

Of course the Spaniard gave it a last shot. He gobbled up the breakaway and served the world a mesmerizing finale. Alberto Contador climbed to victory ahead of Wout Poels and Chris Froome, who won the Spanish Grand Tour for the first time in his career. But the new of the day was that El Pistolero bade farewell to the mountains with a great salute!

The Angliru is 12.5 kilometres long, but actually there are three Angliru’s. The first 5 kilometres go up at 8% and following a relatively flat kilometre the uphill horror really kicks in. The second half of the climb is cursed/blessed 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.

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