Vuelta a España 2012, Stage 16 profile

By: albertocontadornotebook

Aug 15 2012

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Stage 16, Monday, September 3: Gijón-Valgrande-Pajares. Cuitu Negru, 185 km (mountain)

Stage 16 is the queen stage of La Vuelta 2012. There are four categorized climbs, including three beasts concentrated in the last half of the course.

The first three climbs:

Alto de la Cabruñana, Km 45.6. A 4.4-km climb, 3rd category, 5.7% avg.
Puerto de San Lorenzo, Km 101. 10 kms long, 8.5% avg., with 12% max. slopes.
Alto de la Cobertoria, Km 141.7. 8 km long, 8.6% avg., with 12% max.

The final climb:

The hors categorie climb to the Valgrande/Pajares ski station and beyond, to the top of Cuitu Negru, is a massive 19.4 kilometer test starting at Km 164.1. The last 3 km average 17% slopes with a maximum of 22%. This section was paved for the first time just before this Vuelta, and as you can see in the episode of Pericopuertos devoted to Cuitu Negru (link below), some cyclists will be tempted, even with asphalt, to dismount and walk up the slope.

Profile of Cuitu Negru  (large format)

More graphics and analysis of the San Lorenzo, Cobertoria and Cuitu Negru climbs at climbbybike.com, HERE

Pedro Delgado and Chechu Rubiera climb Cuitu Negru as a part of the Pericopuertos video series: WATCH VIDEO

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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