Vuelta a España 2012, Stage 12 profile

By: albertocontadornotebook

Aug 15 2012

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Stage 12, Thursday, August 30: Vilagarcía de Arousa-Dumbría. Mirador de Ézaro, 184.6 km (flat)

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.

Vuelta a España official website

Atlas index to Vuelta a España stages:

12, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, (rest day) 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, (rest day) 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

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