Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 1, 2017

In today’s Daily News Digest: Teuns wins stage 3 of the Tour of Poland, Sagan retakes lead; Barbero wins Circuito de Getxo ‘Memorial Ricardo Otxoa’; Jungels extends until 2020 with QuickStep Floors; Girdlestone celebrates ‘miraculous recovery,’ reaches important milestone; Legal action launched following fire at Rio 2016 Olympic velodrome; Vuelta stage 17 summit finish to include gradients of 28%; Broken bones, healing hands: fixing the pro peloton in Herentals; Participant dies in 2017 Prudential RideLondon-Surrey sportif; Video: In the Team car with Katusha-Alpecin

Vuelta stage 17 summit finish to include gradients of 28%

by VeloClub

This year’s Vuelta a España will feature several daunting climbs, including the penultimate-day Alto del Angliru. However stage 17 is also attracting plenty of attention, thanks to the maximum 28% gradients of the summit finish at the Alto de los Machucos.

Cyclist has taken a look at what could be a race-changing day. Here’s an excerpt.

With frequent visits to the Alto del Angliru and Lagos de Covadonga often on the agenda, the Vuelta a Espana is no stranger to the steepest of climbs. This year will be no different, with the Vuelta announcing that stage 17 will finish atop the Alto de los Machucos.

At 9km long with an average gradient of 9%, this would usually be a formality for the top general classification riders. Yet, where this differs from the usual climb is its maximum gradient. At 2.5km into the climb, Los Machucos rears up to an eye-watering 28%. The knee-crunching gradients do not finish there with pitches of 22% and 17% coming later in the climb.

The road is so steep that at parts the ground is concrete instead of the usual asphalt. Adding to the riders’s difficulty will also be the narrowness of the road. At points the road is only wide enough for two abreast, which will be made even more difficult if spectators are allowed onto the climb.

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