A video shot by fans at the Tour de San Luis on Tuesday shows riders struggling up the day’s final climb as they were buffeted by extremely strong winds, some grinding to a halt altogether.
The 16 kilometre ascent to Filo Sierras Comechingones has an average gradient of 7.8 per cent but must have seemed much more to the cyclists at the rear if the race whenever the road took them into the wind head-on.
Nicknamed ‘the autobus,’ it’s not often you get to see pictures from this end of the race, with TV cameras concentrating on the battle for the stage win further up the road.
Il vento sul Filo de Merlo Giuseppe Righi Miriam Terruzzi Laura Chi Fabiola Ratti Roberto Barni Fabian Melo Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo Barbara Brusa Rita Foglio Stobbia Alvaro Pizzato Roberto Miodini Giovanni Ellena Vasile Morari Karola EnlaRuta
Posted by Giancarlo Ramazio Bravetto on Sunday, 24 January 2016
There’s a camaraderie among those who just want to get through the climb inside the time limit – exemplified here by Peter Sagan giving a helping hand to Androni-Sidermec sprinter Francesco Chicchi.
both would finish the stage almost half an hour behind the day’s winner, Astana’s Miguel Angel Lopez.
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