Watch: Vuelta a España stage 17 highlights

Catch up with video highlights of stage 17 of the 2017 Vuelta a España
Playlist 20 Videos Watch: Vuelta a España stage 17 highlights 02:32 Watch: The most anticipated cycling tech for 2020 03:13 Watch: Are these the most influential cycling products of the last 10 years? 07:16 Watch: inside the Hope factory where GB's new track bike is being made 10:07 Pro bike: Adam Yates's Scott Addict RC 03:56 Pro bike: Peter Sagan’s Specialized S-Works Venge 04:12 July's tech of the month: new products from Garmin, 100%, Prime and Cannondale 19:54 Pro bike: Geraint Thomas's Pinarello Dogma F12 04:35 June’s tech of the month: New Brompton X, Cannondale SystemSix and Maxxis tyres 20:54 April's Tech of the Month: Canyon Aeroad with SRAM AXS, new Vittoria tyres and Fulcrum wheels 26:29 Watch: Taking on the toughest climbs of the Tour of Flanders 13:52 The Lead Out: April 2019 - Cobbled Classics preview 36:50 The Lead Out: March 2019 - Milan-San Remo preview 34:48 March's Tech of the Month: Pinarello, new Specialized shoes, DT Swiss wheels and Evoc's bike bag 27:06 Watch: Tour of Oman 2019 stage four highlights 05:38 Watch: Tour of Oman 2019 stage three highlights 05:36 Watch: Tour of Oman 2019 stage two highlights 06:33 Watch: Tour of Oman 2019 stage one highlights 05:31 The Lead Out: February 2019 - Sprinter's special, UAE Tour & Omloop Het Nieuwsblaad preview 24:07 February's Tech of the Month: new kit from Castelli, Le Col, Smith and Triban 24:22

Stage 17 of the 2017 Vuelta a España is the first of the final week’s climbing tests for the general classification hopefuls, coming the day after the key individual time trial.

The 180.5-kilometre route from Villadiego to Los Machucos includes three categorised climbs: the Portillo de Lunada, Puerto de Alisas and the finishing climb of Alto de los Machucos.

>> Struggling to get to the shops? Try 6 issues of Cycling Weekly magazine for just £6 delivered to your door <<

The latter is actually the shorter of the three climbs at 7.2km, but what it lacks in length it more than makes up for in difficulty.

>>> Five talking points from Vuelta a España stage 17

Sections of the roughly-surfaced climb feature gradients of over 30 per cent, making it hard to riders to gain traction and keep their momentum – with the very real possibility of some riders being forced to walk some of the steep sections should they falter.

You can watch highlights of the stage here, and read our full stage 17 race report here.

If that wasn’t bad enough, the riders will be mindful of the following day’s stage 18, that again features a summit finish at Santo Toribio de Liébana.

The 2017 Vuelta a España finishes in Madrid on Sunday, September 10.