Vincenzo Nibali Wins Mammoth 105km Taiwan Hill Climb

What’s your longest climb?

With the professional riding season almost over, everyone is heading for the hills as hill climb season is in full swing.

So much so that Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) joined in as he and fellow former Tour de France winner, Cadel Evans, took on the Taiwan KOM challenge.

The race saw riders ride on the longest hill climb in professional racing as they climb a massive 3,275 metres from the coast of Taiwan to the mountainous plains.

Nibali took victory taking less than 3 hours and 20 minutes to climb the mammoth climb while fellow Tour winner, Evans, rounded off the top 10 nearly 15 minutes down on the day’s victor.

Having won Il Lombardia with a sensational downhill attack the Italian obviously hadn’t forgotten how to climb as he won the race by a margin of 1’31” over Oscar Pujol.

In doing so Nibali found himself 500,000NTD apiece better off, which is approximately $16,500. British rider Emma Pooley will receive the same amount having won the female event on the same day.

Gradual climbing over 105km is no easy task especially when the climb ramped up at the very end to a cruel 20% gradient with a maximum 27% ramp sitting at the 100km mark. Before then riders enjoyed a steady 3-4% gradient but that didn’t last long as the race moved inland.