Third place for Cortina in his Gijón. Tomorrow the Angliru
Alto de l’Angliru. A name that cycling fans know very well; a terrible, endless climb. Almost 13 kilometers with an average slope of 9.5% and a maximum of 23.5%. At the top, we will know who is the winner of Vuelta 2017.
But it’s not over. Before the final climb Angliru, two more first-class climbs in just 25 kilometers. Alto de la Cobertoria measures 8 km with an average slope of 8.6%, while the Alto del Cordal is short, 5.7 km, with a maximum slope of 13%.
“We are at the third and last week and everybody has spent a lot of energies during all this hard race – says Head of Performance Paolo Slongo – as well as likely rain will make it an extreme stage. Vincenzo is fine, he knows the route and he likes it. We will try, we do not want to be satisfied with the second place “.
Meanwhile, today at Gijón’s waterfront, 21-year-old Ivan Garcia Cortina has finished with a brilliant 3rd place after being the protagonist of the day’s breakaway. “The stage was finishing in my hometown and the team gave me permission to run away and play my cards”.
“I knew the route very well and for this I want solo with 30 km to go. I knew that just so I could get to the top of the ascent with the first ones. I had to anticipate the sprint because I was beginning to feel the cramps. It was a great emotion but I think already about tomorrow. It will be tough but I want to get to Madrid. “
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