Culled from various sources...
“Monsterlijk” Angliru is Back!
God I love Dutch. Anyway, Sporza tips us off that the fearsome Asturias climb of the Alto Angliru, with its 23% gradients, will return to the Vuelta a Espana next year. The official route announcement doesn’t happen til January, but AS.com has details. Specifically, the mayor of Riosa — just south of Oviedo and bordered in part by the legendary climb — has confirmed negotiations with the race are done and it’s on.
The Angliru has featured in the Vuelta six times before, most recently in 2013. AS speculates that it could occur in the 18th stage in early September. Here’s a little data to whet the appetite.
As monsterlijk as it can be, the Angliru isn’t a complete slam-dunk to decide who wins the Vuelta. In 2013, Kenny Elissonde won the stage and Chris Horner put some time into Vincenzo Nibali, but Horner had already taken the race lead by then. Still, it was the second-most-decisive stage that year, and in its previous three appearances the Angliru was where the eventual race winner took the lead. Which is pretty much the definition of decisive.
Trek-Segafredo Sitting Pretty
The only real news is that Segafredo has upped its commitment to the squad through the 2020 season. Four more years! Four more years! And that might be the last time I say those words for a while. Presumably Trek are good for their payments too? Anyway, following a great season they are one of the most stable franchises in the World Tour.
We will get more deeply into transfers/2017 previews as the offseason progresses, but from a quick glance Luca Guercilena’s pronouncement to CyclingNews that he wants his team to finish atop the World Tour standings next year is... not insane, let’s put it that way. I mean, we can picture Alberto Contador winning a grand tour in Trek “colors,” and a bunch of classics guys picking off minor points all year long, amirite? Maybe, but even with Cancellara they clocked in at ninth place, barely a third of Movistar’s point haul, so top of the table is a long ways off.
CX Sunday: Koksijde!
Separate post coming. But this is the Flanders or Roubaix of Cross. Maybe the Roubaix, since it’s a rather weird concoction of a course. And by weird I mean completely wonderful. Stay tuned.