Vuelta 2020 Route stage 3: Lodosa - Laguna Negra

Vuelta a España stage 3Thursday 22 October - The 3rd stage serves the second uphill finish on La Vuelta, although the final climb is not the hardest climb in the world. But, it's long - 18 kilometres. The Vuelta a España never before finishes at Laguna Negra, a black lake in the Urbion Peaks.

The riders kick into gear in Lodosa, an unremarkable village in Navarre, to head in southwesterly direction. Gradually, the route gets more lumpy until reaching Vinuesa. It is here that a sheer endless uphill appears.

The first 10 kilometer of the Laguna Negra run false flat uphill, after which the gradient kicks it up a notch to around 7%. The steepest kilometre is the last one, as this slopes at 9%. Perfect for a puncher to have it his way.

Laguna Negra rises 1,753 metres above sea level and the lake is shrouded by legends. The most common one is that the lake is bottomless and meets the sea hundreds of miles away through caves and subterranean currents. In fact, the maximum depth is ten metres. A Nessie-like tale also resonates, saying that a creature lives in its depths, devouring anything that falls into the water and sinks.

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