Monte Castrove

Monte Castrove is a small mountain located in the municipality of Poio (Pontevedra, Galicia) in Spain with an elevation of 613 meters above sea level. The road goes up to 515 meters.

Monte Castrove view
View from the top of Monte Castrove. Image:

Monte Castrove profile
Monte Castrove profile. The ascent is 10.49 km long. Over this distance, you climb 485 meters. The average percentage thus is 4.6%.

Monte Castrove location in Spain:

Monte Castrove in Cycling History

The climb was featured in the 18th stage of Vuelta a España 2014, a 157 km medium mountain stage from A Estrada to Monte Castrove. Fabio Aru, the Italian rider of Astana Pro Team won the stage (he would win the Vuelta next year).

Before the stage, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) was leading the race 1:36 ahead of the fellow Spaniard, Alejandro Valverde of Movistar team. Chris Froome (Team Sky) was in third, at 1:39. Both Contador and Froome were crashed out of the Tour de France, which Vincenzo Nibali won. With 3.8 km to go, Aru jumped away. Under three kilometres to go, Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) attacked, taking Contador, Valverde and Froome with him. But, despite the time gap, Froome was still very ambitious to win the overall victory. He attacked with 2.5 km to go and nobody responded. He quickly caught Aru. The three Spaniards, Contador, Valverde and Rodríguez gave chase, but Froome had already gained 15 seconds, with Aru sitting on his wheel for much of the time. Rodríguez tried to jump away from Contador and Valverde but they managed to get him back. Inside the final kilometer, the Spanish trio appeared to finally work with together rather than against one another, butFroome had gained enough time to move past Valverde in the general classification and reduce his gap on Contador.

Froome also wanted to win the stage and take the time 10-second time bonus but Aru went around him with a strong, aggressive kick to win. The three Spaniards came in 13 seconds later. Contador was still race leader, and he would win the Vuelta a España 2014.

The video of the last kilometers of the stage.

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