La Vuelta 2019, Stage 12: Circuito de Navarra > Bilbao 05/09/2019 - Stage 12 - 171,4 km *Spoilers

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La Vuelta 2019, Stage 12: Circuito de Navarra > Bilbao 05/09/2019 - Stage 12 - 171,4 km

The 12th stage of the Vuelta a España runs from the Circuito de Navarra near Los Arcos to Bilbao. The hilly route amounts to 171.4 kilometres. The finale serves a punchy climb and a flying descent into the largest city of the Basque Country.

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The finish of this stage is a very scenic stage, but it's doubtful that the riders will be interested, given what the organizers have included for the final. The last time that Bilbao featured in the Spanish grand tour was in 2016. Jens Keukeleire sprinted to victory ahead of Maxime Bouet.
The last World Tour stage winner in Bilbao is............................................Primoz Roglic.
The Slovenian jumped clear in the 2017 Tour of the Basque Country with 3 kilometres to go. He held off the chasing peloton and won the race 3 seconds ahead of Michael Matthews.

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Stage 12 of La Vuelta could turn out to be an opportunity for the likes of Roglic, who happens to be a fast descender. Following a race with a string of intermediate climbs – especially in the last 40 kilometres. The first 100 kilometres are nothing special. Predominantly flat and with only the Alto de Azázeta (4.9 kilometres at 3.9%) standing out.

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The finale is something else though, as the race serves three steep climbs. The Alto de Urruztimendi (2.5 kilometres at 9.2%) is crested with 37 kilometres to go.

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Next up, the Alto El Vivero (4.3 kilometres at 7.7%) is a test with the top 27 kilometres before the line.

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However, the main action will be focused on the Alto de Arraiz. The 2.2 kilometres climb slopes at 12.2%, while the second part features sections well over 20%. The riders fly down a 7.6 kilometres descent into Bilbao’s city centre.

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Favourites 12th stage 2019 Vuelta a España

The finale is similar to the Clásica San Sebastián. The route moves through Bilbao to tackle one last climb. Short but brutal. This is the terrain where World Champion Alejandro Valverde thrives. He won the Clásica twice and finished six times on the podium.
The 12th stage of La Vuelta basically comes down to the last 40 kilometres. First an uphill to stretch the legs and then, in order of appearance, Alto Urruztimendi, Alto El Vivero and Alto de Arraiz.

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*** Alejandro Valverde, Primoz Roglic
** Wout Poels, Miguel Angel Lopez, Tadej Pogacar
* Rafał Majka, Nairo Quintana, Óscar Rodríguez

Circuito de Navarra
1 stage of La Vuelta has departed from the Navarra Circuit.

The Navarra Circuit joined the list of La Vuelta’s circuits in 2017, along with Assen, Jerez and the Jarama track. The region’s fastest bends will mark the start of a stage which unlike two years ago will be a non-time trial linear stage. Almost 4,000 metres of asphalt that’ll give the pack a respite before they head up to the peaks of the Cantabrian Mountains.

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Bilbao
42 stages of La Vuelta have had finales in Bilbao

345,110 inhabitants.
In 2011, La Vuelta returned to Euskadi-The Basque Country after years of absence, and it did so with a stage finish in Bilbao. Igor Antón was the winner on that occasion, and bathed in glory he retired from the professional peloton at the end of La Vuelta 18. Bilbao is the capital of the province of Bizkaia and the birthplace of cycling in our country. The riders and stage winners may change from one year to the next, but not so the scenes of thousands of cycling aficionados cheering the peloton on as it passes. A passion that has made the Basque Country the stuff of legend in the world of international cycling.

Bilbao is home to the Guggenheim Museum; a museum of modern and contemporary art designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry.

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Cuisine
Traditional Bilbao dishes are centered around products from the sea and the estuary, such as eels and cod. For the most part Bilbao shares its original gastronomy with that of the province of Biscay, including dishes such as bacalao al pil pil (cod fish cooked with olive oil, garlic and guindilla peppers),

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bacalao a la vizcaína (salted cod with Biscayan sauce, mostly made of choricero peppers and onions), merluza en salsa verde (hake fish with green sauce), chipirones en su tinta (squid served with its own ink),
morros a la vizcaína (beef snouts with Biscayan sauce), revuelto de perretxikos (scrambled eggs with mushrooms)

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and desserts such as canutillos de Bilbao (puff pastries filled with custard or chocolate),

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Pantxineta (puff pastries filled with custard and almonds), rice cakes and bollos de mantequilla (butter buns).
In what refers to beverages, typical from the region is the txakoli, a white wine usually drunk as an apéritif. Biscayan txakoli (Bizkaiko Txakolina) is a protected Denominación de origen for the white wine produced in the province of Biscay and it is usually served in Bilbao.

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Also typical are cider, patxaran (sloe-flavoured liqueur) and Rioja wine.
"Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
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  • The local riders have been expressing concern over the number of fans turning up on the final climbs, due to their proximity to Bilbao. Apparently the roads are very narrow.
    "Poeple are going to be surprised that something like this exists in Bilbao, It's a very short ascent, and that's going to be a problem. I don't know what time they are going to close access, but it will burst with people."
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • ridgerider
    ridgerider Posts: 2,852
    Tasty...all of it!
    Half man, Half bike
  • ridgerider
    ridgerider Posts: 2,852
    I had a holiday on this northern coast of Spain... Spectacular scenery. Hills like Wales and little harbour villages like Cornwall. Warm and sunny but the Atlantic ocean was freezing! The motorway that runs between the hills and coast in an engineering masterpiece...all viaducts and tunnels.
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  • 20kms in and it's a bun fight for the break. Thomas de Gendt, who is trying to make things happen, has a slight lead.
    The wind could also be a factor, today, with the potential for crosswinds during much of the stage.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • Ridgerider wrote:
    I had a holiday on this northern coast of Spain... Spectacular scenery. Hills like Wales and little harbour villages like Cornwall. Warm and sunny but the Atlantic ocean was freezing! The motorway that runs between the hills and coast in an engineering masterpiece...all viaducts and tunnels.

    Drove it on Sunday last, the old original one not the new one with tolls!!
  • Today's final climb.

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    70kms done and still no break.
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  • m.r.m.
    m.r.m. Posts: 3,399
    Sick. Also judging just from that, probably not suitable for a professional road race. Or on the verge of not being suitable at least. Hope it's thinned out enough by then to not cause problems.

    On a more selfish note, of course it's a spectacle worth looking forward to. Hope everyone stays upright and doesn't come to any harm.
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  • m.r.m.
    m.r.m. Posts: 3,399
    Chasers catching Grmay and Großschartner with about 10 km to go. The hares will need a miracle now to stay away. Peloton 3:25 away.
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  • m.r.m.
    m.r.m. Posts: 3,399
    Break 1 caught by the chasers (Break 2).
    PTP Champion 2019, 2022 & 2023
  • m.r.m.
    m.r.m. Posts: 3,399
    Conti pulling the break. Gilbert still in it. Movistar, Aranburu, Astana, Lotto Soudal all in it.
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  • m.r.m.
    m.r.m. Posts: 3,399
    Gilbert my PTP pick attacks! :D
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  • m.r.m.
    m.r.m. Posts: 3,399
    9 km to go. Peloton 3:10 back.
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  • m.r.m.
    m.r.m. Posts: 3,399
    edited September 2019
    Gilbert goes again. Elastic snaps. Gilbert is gone. Needs 1 km to summit and then descent to finish!
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  • m.r.m.
    m.r.m. Posts: 3,399
    M.R.M. wrote:
    Sick. Also judging just from that, probably not suitable for a professional road race. Or on the verge of not being suitable at least. Hope it's thinned out enough by then to not cause problems.

    On a more selfish note, of course it's a spectacle worth looking forward to. Hope everyone stays upright and doesn't come to any harm.
    Take everything back. Road looks great in the race now!
    PTP Champion 2019, 2022 & 2023
  • Gilbert finds his 2011 form again and rides away from everybody.
    Lopez had a little dig and Soler takes over.
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  • m.r.m.
    m.r.m. Posts: 3,399
    Chasers closing the gap to Gilbert. 16 seconds.
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  • m.r.m.
    m.r.m. Posts: 3,399
    edited September 2019
    2.5km 9s
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  • Ben6899
    Ben6899 Posts: 9,686
    9secs now
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  • m.r.m.
    m.r.m. Posts: 3,399
    Gilbert takes it. Aranburu 2nd, Barcelo 3rd.
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  • The GC boys shaking hands with eachother with 400 metres to go, sums up today's action.
    Wasted opportunity.
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  • m.r.m.
    m.r.m. Posts: 3,399
    Think there is too much hard stuff still coming up. GC guys happy to offer up some of the stages to the break atm.
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  • Gilbert by 3 seconds. Good man.
  • M.R.M. wrote:
    Think there is too much hard stuff still coming up. GC guys happy to offer up some of the stages to the break atm.

    Time will tell if that call is right.
    Single ramps rarely win races.
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  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 74,599
    In decent nik for the world’s then...
  • I really enjoy a gilbert victory and that was a classic.
  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,216
    84 Grand Tour stages since the last Ineos win

    (Yes, this is going to become a 'thing')
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  • m.r.m.
    m.r.m. Posts: 3,399
    Is a somewhat pointless stat since it presumes the "they aren't that dominant after all" argument, which isn't valid if they still win the Tour (and other GC races). This would only be valid in principle if they hadn't won both stages or GC.
    Winning the Tour without winning a stage only really bothers the old school cycling purists for example.
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  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,216
    M.R.M. wrote:
    Is a somewhat pointless stat since it presumes the "they aren't that dominant after all" argument, which isn't valid if they still win the Tour (and other GC races). This would only be valid in principle if they hadn't won both stages or GC.
    Winning the Tour without winning a stage only really bothers the old school cycling purists for example.
    It's a reaction to the idea that Ineos 'dominate cycling' with their big budget. An idea supported by the UCI President. But you and I know that there's more to cycling than the Tour Yellow Jersey. I'm highlighting this.

    It's also about Ineos's poor strategy when they can't win.
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  • m.r.m.
    m.r.m. Posts: 3,399
    I don't disagree at all. Just think that that stat doesn't make the case well.
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  • Ineos won the tour Again. With plan B.

    If they started winning stages and one day races like DQS as well that would be serious dominance. My favourite teams are ef education and wanty They hardly win anything and when they do its cause for proper celebration. (Though ef really seem to be getting better this year, even sep bagged one last week)