Vuelta a España 2019 stage 7: Onda > Mas de la Costa 183.2km

Another mountain top finish today, not as long as stage 5 but much steeper.
Last climb is 4km @ abour 12% average.



Onda is famous for its Muslim past. The city enjoyed its moment of greatest splendour when this culture prevailed, and the place still preserves a large part of its heritage from those days in its streets and people. Moreover, Onda has its own cycling history, linked to the Cabedo brothers, who were born in this little town in the province of Castellon. The elder brother, Víctor, sadly passed away in 2012 while training, and the younger, Óscar, took part in La Vuelta 18 as part of the Burgos BH team.

Mas de la Costa

Mas de la Costa is not called this way because it’s near the sea, as it is over 30 kilometers inland, but instead because of its extremely steep slopes. This daunting finale first featured in La Vuelta 16, as one of the highlights of the race’s final week. The winner of the stage that year was Mathias Frank, from Switzerland, who was part of the former IAM Cycling team, recording what was to be the Swiss team’s last victory prior to its disbanding.

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In the 2016 edition Froome, Contator, Quintana and Chaves all finished together on top of this MTF as the top 4 GC contenders. Valverde finished one minute back. Full results from that stage:

Last Km of Stage 17 (03:51 Ambient Noise) — LaVueltaaEspaña

25 Big Photos from Stage 17sirotti/aso

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Aru in a bad way too ...did he also crash yesterday

Aru : I managed to get to the front but the pains are widespread and I find it hard to push from the seat. We'll see how the next few days will go, anyway, I try to hold on, as always!
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