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 Stage 6: Biescas - Aramón Formigal, 146.4kms

The new stage will be a 146,4-kilometres, with 3040 meters of vertical elevation. The peloton will face two categorised climbs, the Alto de Petralba (Cat 3) and the Alto de Cotefablo (Cat 2), before a new passage through Biescas (where there will be an Intermediate Sprint) that will lead to the final climb to the ski station of Aramón Formigal.





The climb to Aramón Formigal slopes are gentle, never going beyond 10% at its steepest, with an average of 4,6% on its final 14,6 kilometres. Climbing from Biescas means 27 kilometres of continuous ascent, or as it is less optimistically referred to, 27 kilometres of a continuous drag.



Aramón Formigal
Aramón Formigal hosted one of the most remarkable cycling races of the decade: the 15th stage of La Vuelta 16. That day, Alberto Contador launched an early attack that ended up costing Chris Froome his chances of overall victory and helping Nairo Quintana’s prospects of triumphing in Madrid. If anybody needs reminding of that day, here is a 4 minute recap in English from La Vuelta:

https://youtu.be/jtiaGZtRfbM?t=1

Aramón Formigal has been summit finish of La Vuelta in another four occasions, with victory corresponding to José Manuel ‘Tarangu’ Fuente (1972), Agustín Tamames (1975), Pedro Torres (1977) and Warren Barguil (2013).

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