As the proud, recent owner of a doohickey that measures road grades, I can now say with authority that riding up a 20% incline for any length of time (over a minute) is inhuman. This raises an important question:
Can the state be enjoined, pursuant to the Eighth Amendment, from requiring any person to ride the Angliru?
I say it's a close call. Had I been general counsel to the US Postal Service in 2002, I would have required riders to sign some sort of disclaimer that they rode the Vuelta of their own free will. Going forward, it won't be an issue for the US government, though the 8th springs from English law, circa 1689, so perhaps Barloworld's lawyers might take a look into this.