The Vuelta a España only finished for the first time on the Alto de l’Angliru in 1999, but the climb in the Asturias region has now acquired a mythical status. Chris Froome has had to deal with the devilish strips of the Angliru twice. “It is really a relentless climb,” the Briton tells ITV.
The INEOS Grenadiers rider, winner of the Vuelta in 2011 and 2017, managed to excel on the very steep climb in the past. In 2011 he came third (after the disqualification of stage winner Juan José Cobo), six years later he finished third again. Yet Froome is still impressed by the Angliru.
“It’s a terribly tough climb, especially in the corners. Then the percentages quickly shoot to 25%. The TV cameras don’t do justice to the Angliru’s steepness, you really have to be on the bike to feel it. Of course you have the resistance these days to conquer such a climb, but it is really a relentless climb. ”
“It is often the case that the Angliru shows up in the third week of a grand tour. And then you also have the climbs for the Angliru, which are certainly not easy. In short, you already start the climb with heavy legs. It’s just impossible to play hide and seek, even if you still have teammates in support, ”said Froome.
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