57th Vuelta a España
Spain, September 7- 29, 2002
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Stage 15 - September 22: Gijón - Angliru, 176.7 km
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Start time: 12:29 CEST
Finish time: 17:15 CEST
The Angliru is back! This fearsome climb, first used in the 1999 Vuelta, has
been the bane of many riders. 12.9 kilometres long at an average of 9.6%, the
Alto de l'Angliru gets much steeper at the halfway point. A maximum gradient
of 23.6% will see riders fitting some very large sprockets on their rear wheels.
The 176 km stage starts in Gijón and includes the Cat. 1 Puerto Marabio (km
80) as a softener. This is followed by the Cat. 2 Alto de Tenebredo (km 113)
and the Cat. 1 Alto del Cordal (km 155). The latter is only 5.5 km long, but
averages 9%, meaning that the riders will not be fresh when they hit the Angliru
a few km later.
This stage will be crucial in determining who will win the Vuelta.