Perfectly kept out of trouble by his Etixx-Quick Step team, Gianni Meersman avoided a massive pile-up in the finale of stage 5 in Lugo to snatch his second stage victory in the Vuelta. Already winner of stage 2, the Belgian outsprinted a bunch reduced to some 20 riders by the crash which took place in the last kilometer. On the line, he beat Italy's Fabio Felline (Trek-Segafredo) and France's Kevin Reza (FDJ). Despite being held up by the pile-up, Darwin Atapuma (BMC) retained his leader's...
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Rocks, «cathedrals» and walls
The Viveiro Estuary, in the Landro River Valley, has all the ingredients of a geomorphological paradise: beaches, sand dunes, marshlands and rocky strata that stand out from sea. During low tide, the canals through which the sea water enters and then goes out again can be seen, creating a special landscape that is never seen otherwise.
The Landro Valley follows a line of deep faults that, in fact, separates two very geologically different areas – that Geologists refer to as the Western Astur-Leon Region and Central-Iberian Region. But what is truly interesting is that these areas of deep faults allowed the intrusion of magma to take place millions of years ago, leading to the formation of important mineral deposits, such as the pegmatite mines of Sillan.
The most famous location of this stage is the Playa de las Catedrales (or Cathedral Beach). Located between Foz and Ribadeo, it is a protected zone with a sandy area and cliffs of up to 32 metres tall. For geologists, the main attractions of this landscape are the rocks, slates and schists formed 500 million years ago, whose strata are a history book of the region – albeit a difficult one to interpret. And a word to travellers, the tides are very extensive throughout the entire Atlantic and Cantabrian coast. In order to be able to enjoy these geological structures, the area must be visited during low tide and, for this purpose, there is nothing better than a tide table.
Before heading away from the coast, the route crosses ancient marine platforms, created by the waves and the tides.
From Ribadeo, the route heads inland and then to Lugo, whose Roman wall (3rd century) is made of granite and slate, rocks that dominate the appearance of its historical centre.
Magma intrusion. Process whereby magma ascends through the crust, from the deep where rocks melt, until its consolidation below the surface or its arrival to the surface via volcanic eruptions.
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