‘There were bodies on the floor’: The Basque Country has just debuted this immensely hard climb and it left the peloton in tatters

A wall of 32%. How long until the Vuelta has a summit finish here?

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To the surprise of absolutely no cycling fan, a bike race in Spain has found a new brutally savage climb to force the riders up, and unsurprisingly it destroyed the race.

Stage three of the Itzulia Basque Country finished at the HIKA Bodega, just 20km from San Sebastian. To arrive at the vineyard which overlooks rolling green hills and mountains, the riders had to ascend a final 300m climb that consistently had gradients above 25%. At one point, my Wahoo showed a mindboggling 32.1%.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.