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2017 Vuelta Espana Route Revealed
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2017 Vuelta Espana Route Revealed

This year’s Spanish Grand Tour features nine summit finishes and ascents of the Sierra Nevada and Angliru.

Increased number of longer final climbs through the high mountains of Andalusia, Cantabria and Asturias, making it even more of a race for the top climbers.

The final showdown will be in the last six days, with one new climb thats 9 miles uphill to Los Machucos in Cantabria, before returning to the fearsome Angliru, Spain’s toughest single climb, on the final Saturday. This 7.5 mile climb averages 10 per cent and reaches 24 per cent and is a popular climd in the Vuelta a España and has been for many years.

 
Angliru the Penultimate Stage in the 2017 Vuelta a Espana
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Angliru looks likely to feature in 2017 Vuelta a Espana

The Angliru looks likely to be the penultimate climb in the 2017 edition of the Tour of Spain.

The 2017 route includes two time trials, 8 mountain stages that includes the Angliru and a climb up into the Sierra Nevada.

Although the climb of the Angliru has been climbed only six times in the Vuelta, it is one of the most feared mountain passes in Europe.

The climb has frightening figures. Its 13 kms with an average gradient of nearly 10%. The 6th kilometre near the summit, the average is 13% average, with a stretch of 23.5%.

 
2017 Vuelta a Espana Wears Santini SMS with Pride
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2017 Vuelta a Espana Wears Santini SMS with Pride

Santini Maglificio Sportivo and Unipublic are pleased to announce their collaboration over the next five years, commencing in 2017, for the Vueltas 72nd edition. The Spanish tour’s new jerseys are getting a makeover thanks to the sponsorship of an internationally well-known cycling brand. 

The four leader jerseys: the Carrefour red jersey for the leader of the general classification, the polka dot King of the Mountain jersey, the Skoda green jersey for the leader of the points classification and the Fertiberia white jersey for the leader of the combined classification will be complemented by a complete line of products.

 
Fabio Aru will ride Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana in 2017
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Fabio Aru will ride Giro dItalia and Vuelta a Espana in 2017

Astana highlight the Italian Grand Tour as the most important race of their season.  Aru was always likely to return to the Giro d'Italia as it starts in his home region of Sardinia.

Jakob Fuglsang and Miguel Angel Lopez will enjoy leadership at the Tour de France in July.

Miguel Angel Lopez wont return to racing until at least April in the Tour of Turkey.

 

 
Nairo Quintana returns to Colombia as a Hero
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Nairo Quintana returns to Colombia as a Hero

Nairo Quintana returned to his homeland after winning his first Vuelta a Espana and gave Bogotá residents a chance to celebrate.

The Movistar rider appeared at an event in the Colombian capital to mark his second Grand Tour win, with huge numbers of people lining the roads as the 26-year-old paraded through on an open-top bus.

Quintana beat Chris Froome in this year’s Vuelta, winning stage 10 to the Lagos de Covadonga in the process. Having won the Giro d’Italia in 2014, Quintana’s palmares is now only missing the Tour de France, where he has finished second to Froome in 2013 and 2015, and third in 2016.