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by Shane Stokes
September 1, 2017
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Multiple Grand Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali will use his mountain climbing abilities in the Taiwan KOM Challenge in October, with the Italian rider confirming his participation in the race. Currently competing in the Vuelta a España, the Bahrain-Merida rider will be one of the top draws in the event.
The race is arguably the most brutal of its type, with an 85 kilometre climb taking the riders up to 3,275 metres of altitude. It averages six percent gradient until the final 9.5 kilometres, after which gradients rear up to between 10 and 22 percent, then reach 27.3 percent.
“We are very excited in participating in this prestigious event,” said Bahrain-Merida general manager Brent Copeland, who will also send Nibali’s brother Antonio and Taiwanese rider Chun-Kai Feng to the event.
“I have personally heard a lot about Taiwan KOM Challenge. The amount of cycling enthusiasts who talk about it is ever increasing. For us, to have a champion like Vincenzo and Antonio receive an invitation is a huge honour and we look forward to being part of this magnificent event.”
This year’s race announced equal prizemoney of $500,000 NT, or $16,500 US for the top man and woman. 2016 champion Emma Pooley is targeting the latter once again.
Click through to read more about the Taiwan KOM Challenge and see a video of the gruelling climb.