Vuelta a España: Stage 6 preview

Stage 6: Tarazona to Jaca, 175.4km

For 150km this is a pretty routine transition stage – and then it gets interesting in the last 20km with two Cat 3 climbs. Puerto de Oroel (12km, 2.8%) is little more than a long ramp, but after a short descent it is followed immediately by the concluding Alto Fuerto de Rapitan. The basic numbers say it is 3.8km long and 5.4% in gradient, but it is in reality much tougher than that. It ramps up to 14% in some sections and the finish comes at the summit after a series of 13 momentum-killing switch-backs in the closing 2km. This start-stop finish means the stage is set for a puncheur to put some time into rivals who prefer their climbs steady-paced. Step forward Senors Contador and Rodriguez …

Link: Vuelta a Espana official website

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.