Italian rider looking to go out on a high at Taiwan KOM Challenge

With the hill climb season just around the corner, Vincenzo Nibali is set to finish his year with one last uphill test, but will unsurprisingly be heading for slightly more exotic surroundings than The Rake or Mow Cop.

Instead the Bahrain-Merida rider will finish his season at the Taiwan Challenge, a 105km hill climb rising more than 3,000m from the coast the mountainous interior of Taiwan.

The race takes place on October 20, meaning that Nibali, who will be competing alongside his brother Antonio, team-mate Feng Chun-Kai, fellow Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, and a few thousand amateur riders, should have plenty of time to recover from his current efforts at the Vuelta a España.


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As for the course itself, well that puts even the Vuelta’s huge summit finish to Sierra Nevada in the shade with both its length and steepness.

Starting off at a steady gradient of three to four per cent, the climb gets steeper and steeper as the road goes higher and the air gets thinner for the riders.

Cruelly the steepest section is saved for the very end, with a long section at more than 20 per cent and a maximum gradient of 27 per cent after nearly 100km of climbing.