Amateur race to be held on World Championships 'hell' climb

Amateur race to be held on World Championships 'hell' climb

Joe Robinson 31 May 2018 The Gramartboden tops out at 28% and will host an amateur hill climb the day before the men's elite race When French national coach Cyril Guimard visited the 2018 World Championships course in Innsbruck, Austria, last month he remarked that he had 'not seen anything so hard since the World Championships in Sallanches [Colombia, 1980].' The mountainous course features six laps of a larger loop which includes a 7.9km climb at 5.7% to Igls before a final circuit which will include the real test for the riders, Gramartboden, the 2.8km, 11.5% climb that reaches a knee-crunching 28%. The climb nicknamed 'hell' will no doubt be a deciding factor in who takes home the rainbow jersey and after seeing footage of Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) crawling to the top, will bring even the strongest climbers to a near-standstill. See related Team time trial to be ditched from ...

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