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Old 08-30-12, 14:16
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It hurts to see this stage thinking of what we have in this Vuelta

btw
Alpine?
indeed, perfect stage to get 30k of real racing instead of the usual 5 we get at the vuelta.
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Old 08-30-12, 14:19
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It hurts to see this stage thinking of what we have in this Vuelta

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Alpine?
I meant Alps-like, of course.

Thanks for breaking the flow of my messages btw.
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Old 08-30-12, 14:22
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I meant Alps-like, of course.

Thanks for breaking the flow of my messages btw.
No panic, Libertine will put everything in the index. And btw the more posts are about your race, the more attention it draws.
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Old 08-30-12, 14:28
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Stage 13, Friday. Santander-Gijón (189kms)

Flat stage.




Stage 14, Saturday. Gijón-Monte Naranco (166kms)

This finish was first used by the Vuelta a Asturias and it was an immediate success. The riders tackle the short but very steep climb of El Violeo first, then descend right into the well-known Monte Naranco and ride its last 4kms.



Climbs:

Alto del Violeo, 2nd Cat (3,6kms at 8,4%)
http://unavueltamejor.files.wordpres...l-violeo-n.gif

Monte Naranco, 3rd Cat (4kms at 6%)
http://unavueltamejor.files.wordpres...el_naranco.gif


Stage 15, Sunday. Oviedo-Ermita de Alba (176kms)

My favourite stage of this Vuelta. A true high mountain stage through the heart of Asturias with some well-known climbs and with a new final climb, much alike Alto di Pampeago.

The Alto de la Cobertoria is climbed twice, first through its traditional side, the one that will be climbed next weekend, then the riders go down the northern side, through the Collado Puerco and Alto del Cordal and then up again through the side they usually descend from, which is also the hardest.



Climbs:

Alto de Cabruñana, 3rd Cat (who cares)
Who cares.

Puerto de San Lorenzo, HC (10,2 kms at 8,3%)
https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.n...72948498_n.jpg

Alto de la Cobertoria, 1st Cat (8,1kms at 8,5%)
http://www.altimetrias.net/Asturias/Cobertoria2.gif

Alto de la Cobertoria, HC (10,3kms at 8,6%)
http://www.carlosvega.net/imagenes/p...cobertoria.png

Alto de la Ermita de Alba (7kms at 10%)
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...75152624_n.jpg


Stage 16, Monday. Grado-Lugo (205kms)

Flat stage.

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Old 08-30-12, 14:49
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Stage 17, Tuesday. Lugo-Candín (163kms)

Ancares at its best, climbed through its hardest side and with the finish right after the descent.



Climbs:

Alto de Fontaneira, 3rd Cat

Alto de Cerredo, 3rd Cat

Alto de Louxas, 2nd Cat (aprox. 9kms at 5%)

Alto de Sierra Morela, 1st Cat (10,2kms at 6,3%)
http://www.altimetrias.net/Lugo/Morela.gif
The Vuelta calls it "Alto de Folgeiras de Aigas" after the town at the top.

Alto de Ancares, HC (12kms at 9,3%)
http://www.altimetrias.net/Lugo/Ancares4.gif


Stage 18, Thursday. Salamanca-Talavera de la Reina (196kms)

Last chance for the sprinters.




Stage 19, Friday. Talavera de la Reina-Ávila (164kms)

The classic Avila uphill finish, with the cobblestones and the city walls etc. Navalmoral leading to it.



Climbs:

Puerto de Navalmoral, 2nd Cat (15,4kms at 4,4%)
http://www.cyclingcols.com/profiles/NavalmoralS.gif


Stage 20, Saturday. Ávila-San Lorenzo del Escorial (186kms)

A non-stop, rollercoaster hilly stage, the last chance for the GC guys to go at it.

Finish on top of the hill, in the middle of the courtyard of the Monastery of El Escorial.



Alto de Yemas, 3rd Cat.

Puerto de la Paradilla, 2nd Cat (6kms at 6%)

Alto de Abantos, 1st Cat (11,2kms at 5,6%)
http://www.altimetrias.net/Madrid/Abantos1.gif

Puerto de Robledondo, 3rd Cat (aprox. 5kms at 5%)

Alto de San Lorenzo del Escorial, 2nd Cat (aprox. 5kms at 6,5%)
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Old 08-30-12, 14:51
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Stage 21, Sunday. Madrid-Madrid ITT (27kms)

To hell with the boring flat Madrid final stage!





I hope you liked my Vuelta. Please do share your thoughts on it. :-)
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Awesome from Stage 8 onwards.
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Old 08-30-12, 15:08
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excellent. Only drawback is imho stage 20. The idea of having a hilly stage is fine, but that one in particular is not great.
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Ermita de Alba stage is good and the Ancares is interesting. And the hilly stages would be keep things interesting - Naranco, Granada, Cabarceno.

Pandera and Velefique stages aren't very tough though (for the GC guys I mean + gradients) and there's only one really hard MTF in the race.

TT km is alright, and the final stage TT is good but it looks like there's not enough MTFs for the amount of TT.
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Old 08-30-12, 15:25
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Ermita de Alba stage is good and the Ancares is interesting. And the hilly stages would be keep things interesting - Naranco, Granada, Cabarceno.

Pandera and Velefique stages aren't very tough though (for the GC guys I mean + gradients) and there's only one really hard MTF in the race.

TT km is alright, and the final stage TT is good but it looks like there's not enough MTFs for the amount of TT.
Guess that means riders will have to attack on climbs that are not MTFs. It is allowed, you know.

And the Velefique stage not very tough? Have you looked at the climbs?
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