Ferminal said:4.4km @ 10.3%
A bit longer than Xorret del Cati but not quite as steep.
Definitely enough to knockout most of the sprinters, if not all of them.
khardung la said:Probably it will be windy, it uses to be so in that area. The road is tricky, with many narrow areas, stretches of bad asphalt...I would expect big things, some favourites may even loose time if it is windy in the flats before the finish line.
hrotha said:Cervélo might be interested in chasing if Hushovd makes it over the top of the climb, but if I were them I'd put Florencio in the break and be done with it. Now that Tondo looks to be a good bet for the GC and that Sastre might make a comeback, they might think there are better uses for Deignan and Cuesta than playing HTC.
But I sooo want Bole to win this.
icefire said:Detailed profile of Rat Penat below. The race will only do 4.5 km. The rest of the profile is a closed road going to a radar on top of the mountain.
Pics on google street view show narrow roads. There are also a few 'walls' in the descent. Not easy for those who drop in the climb to chase if the leaders set a good pace.
sigsky said:I would like to see Vladimir Karpets do well. He's worked very hard so far. No idea if he is up to it but I will watch for him.