57th Vuelta a España
Spain, September 7- 29, 2002
Vai Dani! Danilo Di Luca's Vuelta diary
Danilo Di Luca
Photo: © Sirotti
Team: Saeco-Longoni Sport
Italian speedster Danilo Di Luca from the Saeco-Longoni Sport Team will be
writing a diary for Cyclingnews.com during this year's Vuelta a España.
The classy rider has been in excellent form leading into the 2002 Vuelta, with
a recent victory in the Giro Del
Veneto showing he has hit Spain's major tour with motivation and speed.
With his consistent performances in Italy during August, Di Luca is looking
to the Vuelta with confidence. "The Giro del Veneto was my last race before
the Vuelta... we've got big plans for the Spanish race. Simoni will be going
for the overall and I'm looking for stage wins."
Index to all entries
Stage 15 - September 22: Gijón - Angliru, 176.7 km
A stage that I will never forget; actually a climb that I will never forget!
To my friends,
The Angliru is the hardest climb that I have done in my life...tough, really
and truly tough.
The stage is difficult to explain - it was a real effort for all the riders
to get to the finish line in this stage, with all the climbing and the rain
and cold. It was hellish! This mountain was really hell to climb.
I'm happy with the way the stage went for me; I was strong enough to attack
on the next to last climb and felt good all the way to the stage finish. On
the Angliru I had a 38 on the front and a 30 tooth sprocket on the back, but
I was mistaken - I needed the triple chainring!!!
At a certain point, the road seemed to go straight up...I couldn't believe
my eyes but that's the way it really was!
Every time a person asks me about this stage, I say just two words - f-f: freddo
e fatica [cold and tiring].
For you crazy people who might want to try and ride up Angliru, good luck.
My advice is to put on your triple chainring and train a lot!
see you soon,
Danilo Di Luca's official
website - www.danilodiluca.com
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