An unpredictable beast: Lagos de Covadonga returns to Vuelta a España - Preview

The peloton racing at the Vuelta a Espana
The peloton racing at the Vuelta a Espana (Image credit: Getty Images)

The curtain goes up today (Wednesday) on the Vuelta a España’s time-honoured trek across the mountains of Asturias, in the shape of two crucial climbing stages set to decide much of the overall outcome of the 2021 race.

Set deep in the Picos de Europa mountain region in northern Spain, and like the wild wolves that have famously roamed across much of the area for centuries, the stage 17 summit finish of the Lagos de Covadonga has developed a well-earned reputation for being a tough, somewhat unpredictable, beast to tackle, with a fierce bite if approached too confidently.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.