Hugh Carthy (EF Education First) won stage 12 of the Vuelta a Espana which finished at the summit of the mythic Alto de l’Angliru.
Stage 12 of La Vuelta was an explosive stage with 5 categorised climbs packed into just 109km, including the famous climb of Angliru.
NTT Pro Cycling started the stage with the hopes of infiltrating the early break. Enrico Gasparotto, Carlos Barbero and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg were visibly active the head of the bunch in the opening kilometers.
Gasparotto did put some daylight between himself and the peloton but was soon caught on the first of the 5 climbs. It quickly became evident then that the GC men would dictate the rest of the stage.
At the base of the Angliru, with the peloton down to just 30 riders, Michael Valgren and Gino Mader remained for NTT Pro Cycling. The incredible 23% gradient slopes of the Angliru took no prisoners though and by the summit, riders were coming home in one’s and two’s.
Valgren was our first rider home, some 12 minutes down on stage winner, Carthy.