Vuelta a España 2012, Stage 12 profile
This stage is flat with a sharp spike, a veritable dagger, at the end.
With Contador only one second behind Purito Rodríguez in the general classification, and Purito having a clear knack for climbing walls, the Mirador de Ézaro is a chance to grab bonus seconds that, for the Catalonian´s overall hopes, could mean life or death.
Pitched on the peninsula of Finsterra, Galicia´s counterpart to Land´s End in Cornwall, Mirador de Ézaro is only ranked as a 3rd-category climb, but at 1.9 kilometers with an average gradient of 13% – extending in portions to at least 25% – the Muur de Hoy pales in comparison.
A thrusting attack on this rapier climb will draw blood from any but the most sanguinary rival.
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