Km 118.0 - Alto Lestaio.8.3 km de subida a 5.3% - categoría 3
Km 155.4 - Alto Das Paxareiras.9.3 km de subida a 5.4% - categoría 2
Km 176.4 - Meta. Dumbría. Mirador de Ézaro.1.8 km de subida a 13.8% - categoría 3
Here we go, the first test for the gc guys, on a typical Vuelta wall. It's still early but this climb will surely not lie about the riders' current shape.
Also used as a HTF in 2012 (though with a totally flat run-in), this climb takes us back to the heydays of Purito's career. Therefore this thread deserves to serve as kind of a tribute to this great little man.
Purito attacked with 1km to go on the steepest sections, with only Contador able to follow. They shared the work until with 150m to, Purito put out one of his amazing trademark burst of explosions, second to none on those extreme gradients. He celebrated his 2nd stage win of that Vuelta, extending his lead in the gc again to 13" after barely holding the leader's jersey by a single second after the ITT the previous day.
Top-10 of that stage:
1 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 4:24:32
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank - Tinkoff Bank 0:00:08
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:13
4 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:20
5 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:23
6 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team
7 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:27
8 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:31
9 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD 0:00:33
10 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:36
You'll be missed, grande.
From jens' blog:
Mirador de Ezaro
2012:1,8 km@13,9%---6:46---average speed 15.96 km/h(Joaquim Rodriguez)