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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

September 11, Stage 12: Almeria - Alto de Velefique 174km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
July 27, 2009, 22:47 BST,
Updated:
August 27, 2009, 23:05 BST

Alto de Calar Alto also on the menu

Proycling's Analysis: This marks the start of four tough stages in Andalucía. There are two first-cat climbs, the first of which is climbed twice. The toughest sections of the Velefique come early. There are pitches of up to 14 per cent but the gradient eases towards the summit. However, the 3,550m of climbing that the riders will do is plenty for one day.

Culture Vulture: The region is the driest in Europe, averaging 330 days without rain each year.

Local hero: Expect mayhem if Almería’s biggest star, Grammy Award-winning singer David Bisbal, turns out to promote his new album. He has a big following in Spain, Latin America and the US.

Vuelta Retro: The Calar Alto observatory has hosted two summit finishes in the past. Back in 2004, Roberto Heras triumphed spectacularly, bumping Floyd Landis out of the leader’s jersey on the way to his third Vuelta victory.

Neil Stephens says: This is one of the hardest days of the Vuelta. I drove around it and there's a lumpy section in the middle that's hard. This day and the next is going to be a critical part of the Vuelta and it's going to offer some severe type of racing. When I was driving around it the temperature was 40-45 degrees Celsius, so although it should be a bit cooler it's still going to be brutal. 

2009 Vuelta a España stage 12 map

2009 Vuelta a España stage 12 profile