Anyone watch the Alto de El Angliru stage yesterday?!?!
It is obscenely steep for 2km of the stage, from wikipedia.
It was amazing to watch, the gears they had to use were like 31" jobs, crazy stuff.The top of the climb is 1,570 metres (5,200 ft) above sea level. The total height difference is 1,248 m (4,090 ft). The climb has a length of 12.55 kilometres (7.80 mi), so it has an average 9.9% slope. However, the average, as high as it is, understates the physical and mental demands of the climb.
The first 5 km (3.1 mi) of the climb have an average gradient of 7.6%—a stiff but not overly demanding test for world-class cyclists. The sixth kilometre provides a chance for riders to recuperate, as the gradient in that area is only 2.1%, and even includes a short descent. However, the last half of the climb is far more severe. From the six-kilometre mark to the summit, the average gradient is 13.1%. The steepest part, which has a 23.6% slope, is known as Cueña les Cabres and is located about 3 km (1.9 mi) from the summit. The climb is no easier from this point, as there are two later ramps at gradients of 18 to 21% (sources vary).
12% on a mountain bike is enough of a killer, 23.6% Christ.
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I'll believe it when I see it tbh. And Hein Verbruggen? No thanks.
Think the French would consider reinstating the guillotine on a man selling the Tour to Armstrong.
See Lance Armstrong will be racing the Tour Down Under next year. Would be pretty good itbt.
Armstrong signed to Astana....no shock there.
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Their first four riders have all finished in the top 5 in the TDF from 1999 to 2007. Impressive that.
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