Alto de l' Angliru

Riosa, Spain

The Alto de l' Angliru is a col with a length of 12.1 kilometer. This is a highest category (HC) col. It is located in Riosa, Principado de Asturias, Spain. The average grade of this col is 10.2% with a maximum of 19.5%. The Alto de l' Angliru ascents from 331 meter at the start, to 1.574 meter at the top, with a total of 1.243 ascending meters.


Alto de l' Angliru Profile


Distance 12.1 km
Elevation gain 1243 m
Average grade 10.2 %
Maximum grade 19.5 %
Climb category HC
Minimum elevation 331 m
Maximum elevation 1574 m

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The Alto de l'Angliru (1574 m) is located in the Sierra del Aramo, whose highest point is the Pico Gamonal (1712 m), in the heart of the Asturias region, near the city of Oviedo. The ascent is made through the villages of La Vega, Santa Eulalia or Grandiella. Originally, this ascent was only a path used by farmers in the region, a so-called "donkey path". It was then paved to host stages of the Tour of Spain, the first time in 1999.

Discovered by the organizers of the Vuelta in 1997, the Angliru Alto was incorporated into the Tour of Spain two years later, but it was obviously controversial for its steep slopes and its almost impassable route at the time. The pavement will in fact be paved for the needs of the race. In addition, the doping scandals (Festina case) encourage the organizers of the three major tours to reduce the difficulty of the proposed routes. Angliru therefore derogates from the rule.

Three-stage finishes were judged at the end of the small descent following the summit of Angliru. If since then, this climb has become a classic of the Tour of Spain (three climbs in four years), the pass was no longer used between 2002 and 2008. The 2002 edition saw the rise in heavy rain. Faced with the astonishing spectacle of a David Millar crashing twice, due in particular to the narrowness of the road (he leaves the race the same evening in protest), or that of many riders almost stopped in the highest percentages and having to be pushed by spectators in order to restart, the peloton protests against the planning of such an ascent on the Tour of Spain course. However, the riders climbed this pass again during the 2008 Tour of Spain, at the finish of the 13th stage; Alberto Contador won ahead of Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodríguez during the premier stage, making considerable gaps between the leaders.

- Vuelta a Espana 2017 - Stage 20
- Vuelta a Espana 2020 - Stage 12