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Omar Fraile leading the breakaway

2016 “La Vuelta” cycling race in Valle de Tena

Yesterday, the 164 participants of La Vuelta cycled through Valle de Tena for a relatively short but very intense and maybe decisive 15th stage.

Contador and Quintana together in the breakaway

Contador and Quintana together in the breakaway

Gianluca Brambilla was the fastest in climbing to Formigal together with the current leader of the race Nairo Quintana. They both took part of a 14-rider breakaway that formed in the opening kilometres. At the end, Quintana put 2:37 into Froome that is still in second place, but got now less chances of winning the Vuelta a España.

Sabiñanigo-Formigal Stage profil

Sabiñanigo-Formigal Stage profil

The riders crossed Biescas and passed by our Hike Pyrenees office around 5pm, in the 90th of a 119 km itinerary  that took them from Sabiñanigo to Formigal ski resort.

Some of our guests had the opportunity to enjoy the spectacle of this great event that came to the Valley. This morning the Vuelta left the Pyrenees and went more south. Maybe it will come back next year!

La Vuelta in the Valle de Tena

La Vuelta Cycle RaceLa Vuelta – the Spanish version of the Tour de France – went through the Valle de Tena yesterday passing through Biescas and Sallent de Gallego before finishing at the ski resort of Formigal.

The leading group passing through Biescas

The leading group passing through Biescas

We got ourselves a good spot on the bridge and watched the bikes go by – it’s amazing the speed they go but what I find most impressive is how close together they are.

The Astana team heading up the peleton

The Astana team heading up the peleton

The stage started in Graus passing through Ainsa near Torla and Ordesa and then over the Cotefablo pass and down into Biescas before heading up the Valle de Tena. By the time they reached Biescas a group of around 10 had formed a breakaway. They were only about 30 seconds ahead but managed to stay out front which was surprising given the way the Astana team were heading up the peleton and looked intent on chasing the breakaway group down.

Uran the Colombian rider of Team Sky nearly one the stage but was ppped at the post by Barguilof France by a few millimetres. The stage might prove costly for Nibali as he was dropped by the 3 other main contenders in the final 3 km and lost about 25 seconds – around half of his lead.

The support vehicles following the peleton

The support vehicles following the peleton

After the peleton come a whole host of support vehicles screeching round the corners and struggling to keep up with the bikes.

Isabel and Anna enjoying the race

Isabel and Anna enjoying the race

It was a great fun day in the village with everyone out watching. I recorded the race on TV and the ariel shots of the valley from the helicopter looked fantastic – great weather and the mountains looked fantastic. All our guests staying in Biescas and Sallent enjoyed the race and hopefully it will pass through again next summer.