Vuelta de España 2012 – Stage 8 – Lleida – Andorra Collado de la Gallina

Collado de la Gallina

The stage tomorrow will be tough with 174 km ending in a new climb up the Collado de la Gallina, which roughly translates as the Col of the Chicken, but the name is misleading as this is a tough climb which is some 7.5 km long  (it goes further but the final bit will not be raced as it is a dirt road) and has an average of over 8% with some ramps of over 18%.

This promises a spectacular end to the stage tomorrow and may show who is the stronger of the GC contenders. It is a relief to get away from the Lance Armstrong case and back to bike racing and for sure whoever relaxes and takes their eye off the ball tomorrow risks losing a bucket load of time.

According to the Vuelta official website Lleida has been the depart of a Vuelta stage on 15 occasions, although you have to go back nearly 20 years to the time of Alex Zulle for the last time it enjoyed this honour. Nothing much is said about Andorra with the attention in Spain being concentrated on Sundays stage to Barcelona.

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