Postcards From Spain: Team Dimension Data For Qhubeka’s Nic Dougall At The 2016 Vuelta

British-born World Tour rider Nic Dougall is making his Grand Tour debut in the late summer sun of this year’s Vuelta e Espana. The Team Dimension Data For Qhubeka engine room stoker will be dropping Ciclissimo! a postcard from the hotel lobby to chronicle his maiden 3 week voyage whenever it doesn’t impinge upon his sangria time. Guappa!

ND an N

25th August, 2016: Monforte de Lemos – Luintra (Ribera Sacra), 163.2km

So the vuelta seems to like doing stages like this. Looks easy on paper, one categorized climb, only 160kms.


Then you look at the total ascent which is 3000m. Then you notice that the climb after the cat 2 isn’t categorized but is at least as long and steep as the one that is. It’s a good day for the break today. When you tune in after 100kms and see a break of 25 riders with ten mins you would be forgiven for thinking it’s easy to be there. The reality is the break usually goes when everyone is on their knees after an hour or so or racing at 400 watts.