La Vuelta 2023: Stage 17:- Ribadesella / Ribeseya - Altu de L'Angliru 124.5Kms ***Spoilers***

Ribadesella / Ribeseya > Altu de L'Angliru 124.5Kms

September 13
Start Time 12-40BST.

The short stage 17 promises to be an explosive one, with three demanding climbs crammed into the final 56km of the day. Few climbs have made as pressing an impact on the psyche of the race as the fearsome Altu de l’Angliru, which first featured back in 1999, when the late José Maria Jimenez overcame the vertiginous slopes and the gloom to claim victory.
La Vuelta last visited the climb in 2020. Hugh Carthy rode away from the other GC riders in the last and steepest part of the climb to claim the finest triumph in his career.



La Vuelta last visited the the rugged, verdant terrain of Asturias three years ago. Stage 17 is a race of merely 124.4 kilometres, of which, heading in a westerly direction, the first half is (false) flat. After two intermediate climbs , first up being the Alto de la Colladiella, followed by the Alto del Cordal. the route heads towards the finish atop the iconic Alto de El Angliru.



The Climbs.

The Alto de Colladiela is a 7.8 kilometres long test with an average gradient of 7.1%



The Alto de Cordal is 5.4 kilometres long at 9.2% with half of it ramps up at double digits.



Last Kms.

The Angliru is 12.4 kilometres long, the first 5 kilometres go up at 8% and following a relatively flat kilometre the second half of the climb is an average gradient of 15%. Riders face the steepest sector of 23.5% – aptly named Cueña les Cabres (goat path) – with 3 kilometres remaining.





What to Expect.

Pain.
A lot of riders will want victory here: both breakaway chancers and GC hopefuls. Hence it could go either way and will come down to whomever can cope best with those eye watering gradients towards the top.

Ribadesella / Ribeseya

Unprecedented Vuelta departure
5,686 inhabitants.

Ribadesella is a small 84-square-kilometre municipality in the Autonomous Community of the Principality of Asturias, Spain. Known for its location on the Cantabrian Sea, at the outlet of the River Sella, Ribadesella is a town that forms part of the Picos de Europa (Peaks of Europe). It is bordered on the east by Llanes, on the south by Cangas de Onís and Parres, and on the west by Caravia. Ribadesella is the home town of Queen Letizia of Spain.
On the first weekend of August, the International Sella River Descent takes place; kayakers from all over the world gather here to attempt the final 20 km of the Sella River in record time. The town is also known for its prehistoric cave, known as the cave of Tito Bustillo, which is open to visitors all year round.



Altu de L'Angliru

Alto de L’Angliru has hosted 8 La Vuelta finishes
1,836 inhabitants

Since its 1999 debut, the Alto de L’Angliru is a summit with a special mystique that has become a true La Vuelta icon. One of the most memorable events at the Asturian colossus was in 2017 when Alberto Contador obtained a stage victory during his final race as a professional cyclist.



Cachopo

Cachopo is a meaty delicacy from the Spanish region of Asturias, consisting of two veal or beef steaks filled with cheese and a slice of ham. The whole concoction is then coated in breadcrumbs and fried in hot oil. The dish is traditionally served with roasted potatoes, grilled peppers, and mushrooms on the side.



Fabada Asturiana

This comforting stew known as fabada Asturiana is a signature dish of the famous Spanish region of Asturias. The stew consists of plump white beans, chorizo, morcilla blood sausage, and bacon, all doused in a buttery chicken stock flavored with smoked paprika, garlic, and saffron.



Tortos asturianos

Tortos is a traditional Spanish dish originating from the Asturias region. This humble dish is made with a combination of corn flour, ground pork that’s seasoned with paprika (picadillo), and eggs. The tortos (corn fritters) are made with a combination of corn flour, wheat flour, salt, water, and olive oil.




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  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,238
    Another local food is torreznos which is kind of like skin on bacon that's deep fried so you get bacon with crackling on it



    The drink is flat cider (sidra) poured from height to give a temporary fizz


  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,238
    All being well I'll be on the Angliru
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,648

    All being well I'll be on the Angliru

    What colour top will you have on?

    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,648
    Don't call me Angliru ..you wouldn't like it when I'm Angliru
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,238

    All being well I'll be on the Angliru

    What colour top will you have on?

    I'll have a red rose on my lapel.

    I forgot to bring my club jersey...

    I dunno how far up the climb we'll be to be honest. Depends if I can find anywhere to park.
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,238


    Another type of cider pouring device in Ribadesella.

    It's so cheap!! 3.5 euro for 70cl everywhere, even the most touristy places.
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,648
    That year when there was no spectators and Hugh won.., the comedy relief climb
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,238
    I've just got a cachopo and it looks a lot less delicate than the one above :D
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,238
    Oh we went to a restaurant called Ayalga last night which is Michelin starred in Ribadesella. It is extremely good, very good service, lots of local produce, and much cheaper than the equivalent in the UK.
  • dabber
    dabber Posts: 1,929
    On the first weekend of August, the International Sella River Descent takes place; kayakers from all over the world gather here to attempt the final 20 km of the Sella River in record time.


    I've raced the //descensodelsella.com/?lang=en twice.... back in 1965 we won the Junior Doubles (K2). A great experience.
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  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,238
    Another cider pouring machine (a human one)


    The little urinal splash bucket thing is a bit weird. I hate what this forum does to photos.
  • phreak
    phreak Posts: 2,926
    Rode the Angliru on Sunday. It really is a pig of a climb. The cows will be upset at not having free reign during the race (presumably)
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,394

    I've just got a cachopo and it looks a lot less delicate than the one above :D

    It looks like the sort of thing Findus would sell back in the 80s
  • mrb123
    mrb123 Posts: 4,653

    Oh we went to a restaurant called Ayalga last night which is Michelin starred in Ribadesella. It is extremely good, very good service, lots of local produce, and much cheaper than the equivalent in the UK.

    Arbidel in the town is also very good.

    The best meal we had there however was a place a mile or so out of town. La Huertona.
  • prawny
    prawny Posts: 5,439
    I'm back watching live again today, this could be more interesting 😁

    @dabber hurray another paddler. I'd love to do the Sella, got to convince my wife yet. She'd never paddled before last summer, got her racing K2s this year and we've just bought our own K2 for Hasler racing. Understern though, wouldn't fancy the sella in it.
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,648
    phreak said:

    Rode the Angliru on Sunday. It really is a pig of a climb. The cows will be upset at not having free reign during the race (presumably)

    I doubt I would make it these days ...can only just do the wrynose on a 34 x30 ... maybe if I got a super low set up but doubtful

    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • dabber
    dabber Posts: 1,929
    edited September 2023
    prawny said:

    I'm back watching live again today, this could be more interesting 😁

    @dabber hurray another paddler. I'd love to do the Sella, got to convince my wife yet. She'd never paddled before last summer, got her racing K2s this year and we've just bought our own K2 for Hasler racing. Understern though, wouldn't fancy the sella in it.

    I used to race both sprint (K1, K2, K4) and long distance (Hasler) .... for the Royal Canoe Club and internationally
    I've still got my Struer Hunter K1. Haven't paddled for a long time though.

    The Sella race is quite something with thousands of spectators.
    “You may think that; I couldn’t possibly comment!”

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  • So, happy birthday to Sep Kuss, wonder what his special day will be like?
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  • Evenepoel is trying to get up the road again.
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,648
    Do not call me Angliru. You wouldn't like it when I'm Angliru
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,648
    Is Jonas going to mug kuss
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • Do not call me Angliru. You wouldn't like it when I'm Angliru

    Just like the original Stewart Lee joke, it get's better after it's repeated
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  • Is Jonas going to mug kuss

    Unlikely. But Kuss might crack anyway, and then they'll probably leave him
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,648

    Is Jonas going to mug kuss

    Unlikely. But Kuss might crack anyway, and then they'll probably leave him
    Wasn't expecting the peloton to wait up for him tbh if that happens

    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,648
    edited September 2023
    Deletes
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • prawny
    prawny Posts: 5,439
    dabber said:



    I used to race both sprint (K1, K2, K4) and long distance (Hasler) .... for the Royal Canoe Club and internationally
    I've still got my Struer Hunter K1. Haven't paddled for a long time though.

    The Sella race is quite something with thousands of spectators.

    Similar story here, but for Gailey CC in the midlands, had 20odd years off but racing again now including the sprints, still slow.

    Can't afford to race bikes, canoeing is much cheaper and less painful (crash wise)

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  • So what's Soler up to? Does he think they'll just let him ride?
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,648
    Don't know till you try
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,648
    UAE are out of ideas
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • Seems like they're just going to let him go up the road. Which will be interesting if he still has a decent gap at the foot of Angliru, that's where Jumbo will need to start thinking about bringing him back or attacking....
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