Local hero – Igor Antón's electrifying 2011 Vuelta a España victory in Bilbao

Cycling : 66th Tour of Spain 2011 / Stage 19
Noja - Bilbao (158,5Km)/
La Vuelta / Ronde van Spanje / Tour d'Espagne /
Ronde / Rit Etape / (c)Tim De Waele
Igor Antón soloed to a famous victory on the Alto del Vivero 11 years ago (Image credit: Tim De Waele/Getty Images)

From the window of his home near Bilbao, former pro Igor Antón can see almost the full outline of the Alto del Vivero mountain, from the lush green fields and the scattered woodland on its lower slopes to the abandoned fairground and clump of radio antennae at the summit.

And he knows that on Wednesday the Vivero will be lined with thousands of Basque cycling fans, cheering on the riders on their double ascent of the Vuelta a España's key climb on Wednesday's stage 5.

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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.