La Faisanera Golf Segovia to Bola del Mundo

The penultimate stage of this year’s Vuelta de España will finish with the ascent of the Bola del Mundo. This is only the second time this climb has been used in the Vuelta after the first ascent two years ago in 2010.

The stage will start in a golf club in the picturesquely named region of Quitapesares, that roughly translates as Take away Sorrow, which is near the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Idelfonso.

The climb will start in Puerto de Navacerrada and is just over 11 km of climbing with an average gradient of 8.6% and with the last three kilometres getting progressively harder with ramps of over 20%.

This will hopefully take the fine attacking racing we’ve enjoyed this year right up to second to last day of the 2012 Vuelta.  Then there will presumably be a procession in to Madrid the next day with one of Purito Rodríguez,  Alberto Contador, Alejandro Valverde or even  Chris Froome wearing the definitive red jersey. With plenty of racing still to go before Saturday nothing is definitive yet although Contador looks ominously strong and is gaining strength rather than fading as lots of people had predicted.

There will be plenty of climbing before the riders even reach the Bola del Mundo as they have to get over the Navafría, Canencia, Morcuera and Cotos climbs on their way to the final challenge of the day.

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