Vuelta a España 2012, Stage 13 profile
Today is the last chance for a piano stage for a week, an astonishingly long space of time considering that, in the meantime, the riders will tackle the summit finishes of Puerto de Ancares, Lagos de Covadonga, Cuitu Negru and, after the rest day on Tuesday, Fuenta Dé.
There are no categorized climbs today, however, information about 1.4-km challenge of the Estrada de Cobas at Km 160, is available thanks to @mrconde.
Stage 13 never passes beyond the borders of Galicia. The route leaves Santiago de Compostela, the terminus of the Saint James Way, bound for the ultimate northwest and Ferrol, through the farthest reaches of Celtic Spain.
Ferrol’s name is derived from that of a saint from Brittany, a sister Celtic nation. True to form in Celtic tales, the story of how the city got its name is marked by both pre-Roman and Christian influences. Saint Ferreol, whose feast day is January 4, is said to have arrived here due to supernatural influences: legend tells that his ship was lured to the rocky shores by a chorus of seven sirens.
Ancient and fascinating connections between Galicia and northern Celtic nations are suggested by name of the saint. From Ferreol, or Ferrol, we can sketch a line from Brittany to Galicia, then to Ireland through the Celtic root word “gal” (“man”, with connotations of bravery) and the Irish surname Ui Fhearghail, or Farrell, the family name of the very Galician-looking Irish actor, Colin Farrell.
Ironically, the finish city of today’s Vuelta stage was also the birthplace of that very anti-Celtic figure, General Francisco Franco.
Official start time for Stage 13 is 13:20.
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