Saturday, 3 December 2016

The 2016 'Subiendo como una moto' Awards


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          Welcome to the third edition of the 'Subiendo como una moto' Awards! The best 10 climbing performances of the season are:

10th. Lachlan Morton on Empire Pass, stage 7 Tour of Utah
9th. Gustavo Cesar Veloso on Senhora da Graca, stage 4 of Volta a Portugal
8th. Vincenzo Nibali up Col de la Lombarde, stage 20 of Giro d'Italia
7th. Mollema, Porte and Froome on Mont Ventoux, stage 12 of Tour de France
6th. Porte and Froome on Finhaut-Emosson, stage 17 of Tour de France
5th. Richie Porte up Willunga Hill, stage 5 of Tour Down Under
4th. Alberto Contador's raid on Peille and Col d'Eze, stage 7 of Paris-Nice
3rd. Chaves and Kruijswijk on Passo Valparola, stage 14 of Giro d'Italia
2nd. Alberto Contador on Arrate, stage 6 of Vuelta al Pais Vasco
1st. Nairo Quintana on Lagos de Covadonga, stage 10 of Vuelta a Espana


         The 2016 season started with the exhibition of Richie Porte on Willunga Hill. Ferociously fast, he proved there and then that he didn't lose any watts after leaving Team Sky. However, during the spring, it was Alberto Contador who held the climbing speed supremacy. His performances on Malhao, Cote de Peille, Col d'Eze and Arrate were at the same level he displayed during the springs of 2007 and 2009. For his biggest goals of the year, he failed to reach a similar level, his wattages being close to those he reached in 2013. While there is no certitude, the injuries sustained in Le Tour might have been the cause.
        The hotly anticipated duel between Vincenzo Nibali and Mikel Landa vanished quickly after the first Giro mountains. Steven Kruijswijk found the form of his life and dominated the Dolomites. His biggest rival appeared to be Esteban Chaves, who just like Kruijswijk, climbed better than ever. Their performance on Passo Valparola was the heighest recorded in this Giro. Only a race incident could have changed the winner of the race and so it happened on the descent of Agnello. While Nibali definitely improved his form in the last mountain block, it wasn't that what won him the Giro. Other notable things from La Corsa Rosa: Zakarin-the future Grand Tour threat, Valverde-forever young and Gazprom's insane peak for the mountain time trial.
         Le Tour was once again a procession for Team Sky. The super strong mountain train had no difficulties in controlling the race with Froome satisfied to defend his advantage won in time trials. Unlike back in 2013 and 2015, Froome didn't deliver any annihilating uphill performance in this edition. Nairo Quintana, his expected-to-be fierce rival, was at least 10 watts far away from his best shape. On the other hand, Bardet, Adam Yates, Meintjes, Mollema and Dan Martin set their best ever climbing performances this July. Since 1999, this was probably the Tour with the highest overall level uphill. No less than 10 riders (!) with quite high wattages. But will someone remember it because of this?...
         Freshness. That's what it takes to win La Vuelta. Almost all the winners since 1995 started the race after skipping Le Tour or at least after not playing a major role in France. Everything changed this year. Chris Froome didn't show any fatigue, remaining at the same insane level since the Dauphine-via Rio. Displaying his tremendous recovery skills, only a tactical failure stopped him from managing to win the Tour-Vuelta double. The victory went to Nairo Quintana, who had the watts which he lacked one month earlier. The Vuelta's climbing speeds were pretty much at the same level observed since 2007. With one exception: Lagos de Covadonga, the performance of the year and one of the best of the last decade. 26 years old and already 2 'Subiendo como una moto' Awards under his belt. Not exaggerated to say that Nairo Quintana already is one of the best climbers in cycling's history.
        The climbing level of the 2016 season, while high, is one step lower than that of 2015, the number of top performances being significantly smaller. Two major events shook the statistics, this year: the huge number of very fast guys in Le Tour and the amazing recovery of Froome and Quintana for La Vuelta. Since Marco Pantani's 1998 double, they are the first riders (especially Froome) to be so close to win back-to-back Grand Tours. Even though Giro-Tour is more difficult, they have the physical abilities to make it. Hopefully, they will give it a shot. The sooner, the better.

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Kangert, 2 minutes slower than Chavito


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Jebel Hafeet
2016:10,9 km@6,8%---28:57---average speed 22.59 km/h(Tanel Kangert)
2015:10,9 km@6,8%---27:02---average speed 24.19 km/h(Esteban Chaves)

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Superman Lopez conquers Superga




Superga
2016:4,9 km@8,9%---14:00---average speed 21.00 km/h(Miguel Angel Lopez)  
2015:4,9 km@8,9%---13:40---average speed 21.51 km/h(Diego Rosa)      
2015:4,9 km@8,9%---15:09---average speed 19.41 km/h(Vincenzo Nibali)
       

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Aitana sets the Vuelta podium




Alto de Aitana
2016:19,2 km@6,1%---46:40---average speed 24.69 km/h(Nairo Quintana)
                               ---47:44---average speed 24.13 km/h(Esteban Chaves)
2009:18,6 km@6,1%---45:16---average speed 24.65 km/h(Damiano Cunego)

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

The best, together on Mas de la Costa




Mas de la Costa
2016:3,9 km@12,5%---15:26---average speed 15.16 km/h(Contador-Quintana-Froome-Chaves)
                               ---16:33---average speed 14.14 km/h(Mathias Frank)
               

Saturday, 3 September 2016

Orica day on Col d'Aubisque




Col d'Ahuski 
2016:10,3 km@7,8%---35:17---average speed 17.52 km/h(Omar Fraile)
                               ---35:35---average speed 17.37 km/h(20 riders breakaway group)
                               ---36:32---average speed 16.92 km/h(Peloton)




Col du Soudet
2016:10,9 km@8,3%---39:05---average speed 16.73 km/h(Fraile-Elissonde)
                               ---39:10---average speed 16.70 km/h(30 riders breakaway)
                               ---41:00---average speed 15.95 km/h(Peloton)




Col de Marie-Blanque
2016:9,3 km@7,6%---26:35---average speed 20.99 km/h(Simon Yates)
                             ---27:45---average speed 20.11 km/h(Peloton)
2010:9,3 km@7,6%---28:12---average speed 19.79 km/h(Noval-100+ riders peloton)
2007:9,3 km@7,6%---26:33---average speed 21.02 km/h(15 riders favourites group)
2005:9,3 km@7,6%---25:44---average speed 21.68 km/h(Oscar Pereiro)




Col d'Aubisque
2016:16,5 km@7,1%---44:35---average speed 22.21 km/h(Talansky-Chaves)
                               ---45:30---average speed 21.76 km/h(Simon Yates)
                               ---47:38---average speed 20.78 km/h(Robert Gesink)
2012:16,5 km@7,1%---53:30---average speed 18.50 km/h(Voeckler-Kessiakoff-Arashiro)
                              ---54:16---average speed 18.24 km/h(Peloton)
2011:16,5 km@7,1%---47:45---average speed 20.73 km/h(Jeremy Roy)
                              ---50:00---average speed 19.80 km/h(Peloton)
2007:16,5 km@7,1%---43:22---average speed 22.83 km/h(Michael Rasmussen)-RECORD
2005:16,5 km@7,1%---45:00---average speed 22.00 km/h(Rasmussen-Armstrong-Ullrich-Basso-Leipheimer-Landis-Heras-Vinokourov)
2000:16,5 km@7,1%---44:40---average speed 22.16 km/h(Beltran-Virenque)
                              ---44:43---average speed 22.14 km/h(Beloki-Heras-J.M.Jimenez-Escartin-Herve)
                              ---46:04---average speed 21.49 km/h(20 riders peloton)
1991:16,5 km@7,1%---48:08---average speed 20.57 km/h(Winterberg-Chiappucci-Bugno-Leblanc-Mottet-Esnault-Y.Madiot)
                              ---48:23---average speed 20.46 km/h(Herrera-Lemond-Chozas)
                              ---48:31---average speed 20.41 km/h(20 riders peloton)

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

No full-gas on Pena Cabarga




Pena Cabarga
2016:5,9 km@9,3%---16:58---average speed 20.86 km/h(Froome-Quintana)
2013:5,9 km@9,3%---16:42---average speed 21.20 km/h(Chris Horner)-RECORD
2011:5,9 km@9,3%---17:15---average speed 20.52 km/h(Christopher Froome)
2010:5,9 km@9,3%---17:01---average speed 20.80 km/h(Joaquim Rodriguez)

Monday, 29 August 2016

Amazing new entries in the Top 100 Lagos de Covadonga




1.  2005: 32:22 Gilberto Simoni 22.62 km/h
2.  2005: 32:27 Carlos Sastre 22.56 km/h
3.  2000: 32:29 Roberto Heras 22.53 km/h
4.  2005: 32:34 Denis Menchov 22.48 km/h
5.  2005: 32:34 Roberto Heras 22.48 km/h
6.  2016: 32:35 Nairo Quintana 22.47 km/h
7.  2016: 33:00 Christopher Froome 22.18 km/h
8.  2005: 33:01 Miguel Angel Perdiguero 22.17 km/h
9.  2005: 33:01 Oscar Sevilla 22.17 km/h
10. 2016: 33:03 Alejandro Valverde 22.15 km/h
11. 2016: 33:03 Michele Scarponi 22.15 km/h
12. 2000: 33:04 Carlos Sastre 22.14 km/h
13. 2005: 33:06 Santos Gonzalez 22.11 km/h
14. 2007: 33:15 Leonardo Piepoli 22.02 km/h
15. 2007: 33:15 Denis Menchov 22.02 km/h
16. 2007: 33:15 Carlos Sastre 22.02 km/h
17. 2001: 33:21 Juan Miguel Mercado 21.95 km/h
18. 2005: 33:26 Francisco Mancebo 21.89 km/h
19. 2000: 33:27 Óscar Sevilla 21.88 km/h
20. 2000: 33:29 Santos Gonzalez 21.86 km/h
21. 2000: 33:31 Roberto Laiseka 21.84 km/h
22. 2005: 33:35 Eladio Jimenez 21.80 km/h
23. 2007: 33:37 Cadel Evans 21.77 km/h
24. 2016: 33:37 Esteban Chaves 21.77 km/h
25. 2016: 33:40 Alberto Contador 21.74 km/h
26. 2012: 33:41 Alejandro Valverde 21.73 km/h
27. 2012: 33:41 Joaquim Rodriguez 21.73 km/h
28. 2012: 33:41 Alberto Contador 21.73 km/h
29. 2000: 33:43 Raimundas Rumsas 21.71 km/h
30. 2000: 33:44 Angel Casero 21.70 km/h
31. 2000: 33:44 Igor González de Galdeano 21.70 km/h
32. 2000: 33:44 Pavel Tonkov 21.70 km/h
33. 2016: 33:44 Simon Yates 21.70 km/h
34. 2000: 33:48 Txema Del Olmo 21.66 km/h
35. 2005: 33:52 Samuel Sanchez 21.61 km/h
36. 2001: 33:54 Oscar Sevilla 21.59 km/h
37. 2012: 33:54 Nairo Quintana 21.59 km/h
38. 2016: 33:59 Samuel Sanchez 21.54 km/h
39. 2012: 34:04 Igor Anton 21.49 km/h
40. 2000: 34:05 Richard Virenque 21.48 km/h
41. 2014: 34:05 Alejandro Valverde 21.48 km/h
42. 2014: 34:05 Joaquim Rodriguez 21.48 km/h
43. 2007: 34:06 Manuel Beltrán 21.47 km/h
44. 2007: 34:06 Oscar Pereiro Sio 21.47 km/h
45. 2016: 34:06 Jean-Christophe Peraud 21.47 km/h
46. 2016: 34:06 Andrew Talansky 21.47 km/h
47. 2016: 34:06 Leopold Konig 21.47 km/h
48. 2016: 34:06 Davide Formolo 21.47 km/h
49. 2016: 34:06 Sergio Pardilla 21.47 km/h
50. 2016: 34:09 Gianluca Brambilla 21.43 km/h
51. 2014: 34:10 Alberto Contador 21.42 km/h
52. 2010: 34:11 Ezequiel Mosquera 21.41 km/h
53. 2005: 34:16 Roberto Laiseka 21.36 km/h
54. 2012: 34:16 Tomasz Marczynski 21.36 km/h
55. 2012: 34:16 Robert Gesink 21.36 km/h
56. 2012: 34:16 Winner Anacona 21.36 km/h
57. 2012: 34:16 Andrew Talansky 21.36 km/h
58. 2012: 34:16 Bart De Clercq 21.36 km/h
59. 2012: 34:16 Przemyslaw Niemiec 21.36 km/h
60. 2012: 34:16 Daniel Moreno 21.36 km/h
61. 2012: 34:16 Christopher Froome 21.36 km/h
62. 2012: 34:16 Benat Intxausti 21.36 km/h
63. 2014: 34:17 Fabio Aru 21.35 km/h
64. 2014: 34:17 Christopher Froome 21.35 km/h
65. 2005: 34:18 Ruben Plaza 21.34 km/h
66. 2001: 34:19 Joseba Beloki 21.33 km/h
67. 2012: 34:20 Gorka Verdugo 21.32 km/h
68. 2010: 34:22 Vincenzo Nibali 21.30 km/h
69. 2010: 34:22 Peter Velits 21.30 km/h
70. 2010: 34:22 Joaquim Rodriguez 21.30 km/h
71. 2007: 34:23 Vladimir Efimkin 21.29 km/h
72. 2012: 34:24 Laurens Ten Dam 21.28 km/h
73. 2014: 34:28 Daniel Martin 21.24 km/h
74. 2007: 34:32 José Ángel Gómez Marchante 21.20 km/h
75. 2005: 34:36 Tom Danielson 21.16 km/h
76. 2016: 34:37 Ruben Fernandez 21.15 km/h
77. 2001: 34:38 Jose María Jimenez 21.14 km/h
78. 2005: 34:38 Oscar Pereiro 21.14 km/h
79. 2007: 34:38 Samuel Sánchez 21.14 km/h
80. 2007: 34:39 Igor Antón 21.13 km/h
81. 2005: 34:40 Carlos Garcia Quesada 21.12 km/h
82. 2010: 34:41 Tom Danielson 21.11 km/h
83. 2001: 34:42 José Luis Rubiera 21.10 km/h
84. 2001: 34:42 David Plaza 21.10 km/h
85. 2001: 34:42 Manuel Beltran 21.10 km/h
86. 2001: 34:42 Angel Casero 21.10 km/h
87. 2001: 34:42 Roberto Heras 21.10 km/h
88. 2001: 34:42 Fernando Escartin 21.10 km/h
89. 2001: 34:42 Aitor Osa 21.10 km/h
90. 2001: 34:42 Roberto Laiseka 21.10 km/h
91. 2012: 34:42 Rigoberto Uran 21.10 km/h
92. 2014: 34:44 Warren Barguil 21.07 km/h
93. 2000: 34:45 Fernando Escartín 21.06 km/h
94. 2016: 34:52 George Bennett 20.99 km/h
95. 2016: 34:53 Louis Meintjes 20.98 km/h
96. 2016: 34:53 Daniel Moreno 20.98 km/h
97. 2005: 34:55 Iñigo Cuesta 20.96 km/h
98. 2001: 34:58 Iban Mayo 20.93 km/h
99. 2007: 34:58 Josep Jufré 20.93 km/h
100.2010: 34:58 Nicolas Roche 20.93 km/h

Quintana unleashed on Covadonga!


     


Lagos de Covadonga
2016:12,2 km@7,0%---32:35---average speed 22.47 km/h(Nairo Quintana)
2014:12,2 km@7,0%---34:05---average speed 21.48 km/h(Valverde-Rodriguez)
                              ---37:40---average speed 19.43 km/h(Przemyslaw Niemiec)
2012:12,2 km@7,0%---33:41---average speed 21.73 km/h(Valverde-Rodriguez-Contador)
                              ---35:55---average speed 20.38 km/h(Antonio Piedra)
2010:12,2 km@7,0%---34:11---average speed 21.41 km/h(Ezequiel Mosquera)
                              ---37:21---average speed 19.60 km/h(Carlos Barredo)
2007:12,2 km@7,0%---33:15---average speed 22.02 km/h(Piepoli-Menchov-Sastre)
                              ---34:23---average speed 21.29 km/h(Vladimir Efimkin)
2005:12,2 km@7,0%---32:22---average speed 22.62 km/h(Gilberto Simoni)
                              ---33:35---average speed 21.80 km/h(Eladio Jimenez)
2001:12,2 km@7,0%---33:21---average speed 21.95 km/h(Juan Miguel Mercado)
2000:12,2 km@7,0%---32:29---average speed 22.53 km/h(Roberto Heras)
                              ---35:02---average speed 20.89 km/h(Andrei Zintchenko)
1997:12,8 km@7,0%---33:47---average speed 22.73 km/h(Pavel Tonkov)-RECORD
1996:12,8 km@7,0%---34:20---average speed 22.37 km/h(Jalabert-Zulle)
1989:12,5 km@7,2%---38:21---average speed 19.56 km/h(Oscar de Jesus Vargas)
                              ---38:36---average speed 19.43 km/h(Alvaro Pino)
1985:12,5 km@7,2%---39:27---average speed 19.01 km/h(Pedro Delgado)


Important mention:

Until the year 2000, the finish line was placed at the end of an another local road, the riders racing a different, more difficult last kilometer.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

No big attacks on Alto del Naranco




Alto del Naranco
2016:5,3 km@6,5%---12:03---average speed 26.39 km/h(Gianluca Brambilla)
                             ---13:10---average speed 24.15 km/h(David de la Cruz)

2013:5,3 km@6,5%---11:51---average speed 26.84 km/h(Joaquim Rodriguez)
2010:5,3 km@6,5%---14:12---average speed 22.39 km/h(Santi Perez)
2009:5,3 km@6,5%---12:40---average speed 25.11 km/h(Nuno Ribeiro)
                             ---14:16---average speed 22.29 km/h(Romain Sicard)
2008:5,3 km@6,5%---13:10---average speed 24.15 km/h(Tondo-Gil-Garzelli)
2004:5,3 km@6,5%---12:07---average speed 26.24 km/h(Iban Mayo)(source:http://www.elmundo.es/elmundodeporte/2004/05/11/ciclismo/1084292544.html)
2000:5,3 km@6,4%---11:53---average speed 26.76 km/h(Alberto Lopez De Munain)
1999:5,3 km@6,5%---12:09---average speed 26.17 km/h(Santi Blanco)(source:http://elpais.com/diario/1999/10/03/deportes/938901615_850215.html)
1997:5,3 km@6,5%---11:16---average speed 28.22 km/h(Alex Zulle)
1996:5,3 km@6,5%---11:18---average speed 28.14 km/h(Alex Zulle)
1995:5,3 km@6,5%---11:17---average speed 28.18 km/h(Laurent Jalabert)
1994:5,3 km@6,5%---12:44---average speed 24.97 km/h(José Manuel Uría)(source:http://elpais.com/diario/1999/10/03/deportes/938901615_850215.html)
1993:5,3 km@6,5%---12:42---average speed 25.04 km/h(Laudelino Cubino)
                             ---12:52---average speed 24.72 km/h(Tony Rominger)
1992:5,3 km@6,5%---12:10---average speed 26.14 km/h(Mauleon-Montoya-Rominger)
1988:5,3 km@6,5%---12:41---average speed 25.07 km/h(Alvaro Pino)