Ezcaray, Spain

The Valdezcaray is a col with a length of 13.3 kilometer. This is a category 1 col. It is located in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. The average grade of this col is 5.1% with a maximum of 8.3%. The Valdezcaray ascents from 859 meter at the start, to 1.554 meter at the top, with a total of 695 ascending meters.


Valdezcaray Profile


Distance 13.3 km
Elevation gain 695 m
Average grade 5.1 %
Maximum grade 8.3 %
Climb category 1
Minimum elevation 859 m
Maximum elevation 1554 m

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Before 1991 the climb to Valdezcaray used three times in the Vuelta. Sean Kelly won up here in 1988. The Irishman’s success underlines that this finish won’t entirely suit the pure climbers as this is a long rather than a steep ascent.

In 2012 stage 4 (the finish line was not as high as in the early days) it was again climbed. Simon Clarke won the stage from the breakaway just 2 seconds in front of Tony Martin. That day Alejandro Valverde lost the leaders jersey to Joaquim Rodríguez after some echelons by Team Sky.

- Vuelta A Espana 2012 - Stage 4