Bola del Mundo, also known as Alto de las Guarramillas is a mountain of the Guadarrama mountain range located in the Community of Madrid in Spain, near the border with the province of Segovia. Its height is 2,257 meters (some sources give it 2.265 meters). It is one of the hardest climbs ever seen in pro cycling. Despite its modest average gradient of 6.2%, the climb gets really hard in the final kilometers where the average gradient is always above 10% and at some points, it gets as steep as 19%.
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With the end of Vuelta a España 2016, Lotto–Soudal’s Australian rider Adam Hansen has extended the record of completing most number of consecutive grand tours which already belongs to him.
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Starting with the Vuelta a España in 2011, Lotto Belisol’s Adam Hansen has ridden 10 consecutive Grand Tours, winning 2 stages in the process (Stage 7 of the Giro d’Italia 2014 and stage 19 of the Vuelta a España 2014), and finishing all of them. Tonight he will ride the final time trial of the Vuelta a España with a special disk wheel to mark his record-equaling 10th consecutive Grand Tour finish.
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Stage 19 of Vuelta a España 2014 is a 180.5 km hilly stage from Salvaterra Do Miño to Cangas Do Morrazo.
Riders will face two 2nd category climbs, the last of which is located just 19 kilometer from the finish line and will be the final decider as only the strongest riders will have a chance to fight for the stage victory.
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Stage 5 of the Vuelta a España 2014 is a 180 km flat stage from Priego de Córdoba to Ronda.
It will be a flat stage for the first 120 kilometers, after which it will have the peloton climbing two mountains that, although not excessively difficult, may well break the group up and avoid a mass sprint towards the city of Córdoba. The stage may be decided within a small peloton, although it will also be favorable for the brave who seek success by breaking away.
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The last stage (stage 21) of Vuelta a España 2013 is a flat, ceremonial stage from Leganés to Madrid. The length of the course is 109.6 km.
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The peloton has climbed 1.9 km long and up to 29% (according to exact measurements) steep Mirador de Ézaro along the way at Vuelta a España 2013 stage 4. Some of the riders has dismounted and climbed on foot.
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Stage 20 of Vuelta a España 2013 will finish at the Alto de l’Angliru, the sixth-time in Vuelta history. This is the toughest climb in cycling history for many.
The length of the course is 142.2 km, from Avilés to Alto de L’Angliru.
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Stage 19 of Vuelta a España 2013 is a mountain stage with summit finish from San Vicente Barquera to Oviedo (Alto Naranco). The length of the course is 181 km.
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Stage 18 of Vuelta a España 2013 is a mountain stage with summit finish from Burgos to Peña Cabarga. The length of the course is 186.5 km.
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