La Vuelta 2021 - Stage 3, Santo Domingo de Silos - Picón Blanco, 203km **Spoilers**
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Stage 3, Santo Domingo de Silos - Picón Blanco, 203km16-08-2021
Start time: 11:18am BST.
La Vuelta's first mountain top finish on the third day of action. This stage starts to the south of Burgos in the shadow of a magnificent monastery, this one Benedictine and dedicated to the 11th century saint, Domingo de Silos. Just outside this Castilian village, stands the Sad Hill Cemetery.
So what you might say?
Well, it featured in the final scenes of Sergio Leone's iconic spaghetti western, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, which starred Clint Eastwood.
The stage almost entirely heads in a Northwards direction.
The first phase goes either up or down. There are two climbing tests before the final ascent, both rated as third category. The first, Puerto de Manquillo, tops out at kilometre 39. The riders will gradually descend, towards the intermediate sprint at Medina de Pomar. Soon after they’ll start up the second small climb, the Alto de Bocos, which marks the beginning of the tricky finale.
The final climb leads to an Abandoned military base at 1,468 metres and it is tough. Rising for 7.6km at 9.3 per cent, the gradient is in double figures for the most part, reaching a maximum of 17 per cent. Only in the final 2kms does the gradient relent a little.
Until this latest edition, the finishing climb has been the stage finale at the Vuelta a Burgos in the past four editions. Mikel Landa (2017), Miguel Ángel López (2018), Iván Sosa (2019) and Remco Evenepoel (2020) took the spoils.
Favourites 3rd stage 2021 Vuelta a España
*** Egan Bernal, Primoz Roglic, Mikel Landa
** Adam Yates, Hugh Carthy, Miguel Ángel López, Richard Carapaz, Giulio Ciccone
* Sepp Kuss, Mark Padun, Romain Bardet, Jack Haig, Rafal Majka
Santo Domingo de Silos
First documented back in the 10th century, the Silos Monastery has undergone several modifications in its over one-thousand-year-old history. It is currently a Benedictine religious centre, a museum and an inn for visitors from all over the world who come in search of peace and silence.
The library still contains the Missal of Silos, the oldest Western manuscript on paper.
Espinosa de los Monteros. Picón Blanco
Unprecedented Vuelta finale
With its inclusion in La Vuelta 21, the Picón Blanco joins the Neila Lagoons as Burgos’ only two high-altitude finales to have been a part of the Spanish grand tour’s history.
Morcilla de Burgos is a very popular Spanish black pudding that is used either as a tapas dish in its own right or as an ingredient in other meals.
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Cataford DNS for ISN
Would love Elissonde to do it though, I like the absolutely tiny riders going uphill fast.
Eurosport haven't made much of an effort.
25kms to go and the situation hasn't changed a lot as they start the 3rd cat climb.
At the front the break is back together minus I think one or two - no idea who as I missed it.
5.8km to go.
Wuyts "there isn't much initiative being taken"
De Cauwer "no there is absolutely no initiative being taken"
30s later, Bahrain take over control and up the pace en masse.
When did he move to Ineos?
The Vikings are coming!
The Vikings are coming!