Astana's Chechu Rubiera will be honored when the Coto Bello, a formidable Spanish mountain summit in Aller, south Asturias, is renamed after him. The summit was originally announced as the Stage 14 finish of this year's Vuelta a España (later changed to Fuentes de Invierno). Chechu had recommended the Coto Bello to race organisers as a spectacular climb for fans. It's a climb he knows well as it lies just south of his home.
"Coto Bello is a nice climb, not really steep but perfect to enjoy without suffering. It was a surprise for me when they called to ask me if I would agree to put my name [to the summit]. I really don't think I deserve it, but it is really nice," said Chechu.
The re-naming will take place on October 31, and Cima Chechu Rubiera will make its debut at the Vuelta in 2010.
Rubiera recently extended his contract for another year with Astana. He will focus on the Giro d'Italia where he will support the returning Lance Armstrong.