Vuelta a España to include an uphill finish near the Bay of Biscay
Oct 25 2017 01:31 pm CET

Vuelta a España to include an uphill finish near the Bay of Biscay
Vuelta a España to include an uphill finish near the Bay of Biscay
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The province of Biscay will include an uphill finish of the Vuelta a España for the first time ever, with mount Oiz set to be one of the ten climbing finishes featured in the race.

In 2011 and after around 30 years of absence, the Vuelta came back to Biscay and then and in 2016 the city of Bilbao hosted a stage finish. For the next edition of the race, the point chosen to welcome one of the finishes will be mount Oiz, one of the lookouts to the Bay of Biscay, as is reported by the local newspaper El Correo.

The climb of this mountain is around 15 kilometres long and has stretches of asphalt and some of concrete, reaching a height of 1000 metres. The climb has an average inclination of 6% and starts at 110 metres of altitude.

The second kilometre of the ascent has an inclination of 10.9%, the sixth of 10.7% and the last two are the most demanding, with slopes of 12.3% and 11%. On the top, riders and public will have a breathtaking view of the Bay of Biscay.

The General deputy of Biscay Unai Rementeria said to Spanish radio Cadena Ser that this stage will be "spectacular". "It will be something that has never been seen before in the Vuelta a España," he added.

The Director of the Spanish Grand Tour, Javier Guillen, had already announced that the race has the intention of continuing to be the one with the hardest climbs by including around ten uphill finishes in the 2018 edition.
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