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Vuelta a España 2009

Date range:
August 29 - September 20, 2009
  • Vuelta a España, Spain, GT
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      4.5km
      Start location:
      Assen
      End location:
      Assen
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      202km
      Start location:
      Assen
      End location:
      Emmen
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      189.7km
      Start location:
      Zutphen
      End location:
      Venlo
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      224km
      Start location:
      Venlo
      End location:
      Lieja
    • Rest day

      Location
      Tarragona
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      174km
      Start location:
      Tarragona
      End location:
      Vinaros
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      177km
      Start location:
      Xativa
      End location:
      Xativa
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      30km
      Start location:
      Valencia
      End location:
      Valencia
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      206km
      Start location:
      Alzira
      End location:
      Alto de Aitana
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      186km
      Start location:
      Alcoy
      End location:
      Xorret de Cati
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      162km
      Start location:
      Alicante
      End location:
      Murcia
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      200km
      Start location:
      Murcia
      End location:
      Caravaca de la Cruz
    • Rest Day

      Location
      Almeria
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      174km
      Start location:
      Almeria
      End location:
      Alto de Velefique
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      175km
      Start location:
      Berja
      End location:
      Alto de Sierra Nevada
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      157km
      Start location:
      Granada
      End location:
      La Pandera
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      167.7km
      Start location:
      Jaén
      End location:
      Córdoba
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      170km
      Start location:
      Córdoba
      End location:
      Puertollano
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      193.6km
      Start location:
      Ciudad Real
      End location:
      Talavera de la Reina
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Talavera de la Reina
      End location:
      Avila
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      174km
      Start location:
      Avila
      End location:
      La Granja. Real Fábrica de Cristales
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      26km
      Start location:
      Toledo
      End location:
      Toledo
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      110.2km
      Start location:
      Rivas
      End location:
      Madrid
  • Race history

August 29, Stage 1: Assen - Assen 4.5km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
August 13, 2009, 15:39 BST,
Updated:
August 27, 2009, 22:47 BST

Peloton to get their motors running on GP motorcycle circuit

Proycling's Analysis: The Dutch province of Drenthe has the honour of hosting the initial stages of La Vuelta a España this year, starting with this prologue on Assen’s motorcycling grand prix circuit. At first glance, the circuit looks flat but there are dips and rises across its length. It will still be fast but this is not a pancake-flat dragstrip-style course. Specialists should thrive, although it’s also short enough for an outsider to spring a surprise.

Culture Vulture: Assen is the capital of the Dutch cycling centre of Drenthe. Its main claim to fame is the GP circuit, known to fans as ‘The Cathedral’, which is where motorbike legend Valentino Rossi won his 100th grand prix in June.

Local hero: The Vuelta will be a key goal for Rabobank as well as for fellow Dutch outfit Vacansoleil. Among those scheduled to be part of the Rabobank team to make his major tour debut is highly rated climber Bauke Mollema, who hails from nearby Groningen. A Tour de l’Avenir winner in 2007, he’s continued to impress at the ProTour level and shone in the Tour of California at the start of this year. However, the 22-year-old has been hit by glandular fever this season, so whether he’ll actually make it to the start in Assen is still in doubt.

Vuelta Retro: This is only the second time the Vuelta has started outside Spain. In 1997, the tour started in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon.

Neil Stephens says: It's a really good stage for [Fabian] Cancellara [Saxo Bank].  It's non-technical, so the weather won't be much of a problem. I'm at the last stage of the Eneco Tour as I write this, and the weather is the critical aspect because it's a really tricky circuit and rain makes it difficult. On the race circuit in Assen I don't think it's going to be much of a problem. It's a big, open time trial circuit.

A dark horse could be someone like Svein Tuft, although it might be a bit short for him... I think Cancellara will be in a league of his own.
 

2009 Vuelta a España stage 1 map

2009 Vuelta a España profile stage 1