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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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Stage description

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.