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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 16, Stage 17: Ciudad Real - Talavera de la Reina 193.6km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
August 13, 2009, 19:09 BST,
Updated:
August 27, 2009, 23:11 BST

Last chance for sprinters before Madrid

Proycling's Analysis: It’s flat and open here, so the wind could play an important role. This is the last chance for the sprinters to race elbow-to-elbow before the final fling in Madrid and they’re unlikely to pass up the chance.

Culture Vulture: Founded by the Romans and developed by the Moors, Talavera became renowned for the production of world-class pottery in the 16th century and the tradition continues. During the Peninsular Wars of the early 19th century, the French under Bonaparte captured most of the town.

Local hero: The last act by David Arroyo before he packed his bags to join his Caisse d’Epargne team-mates at the start of the Tour de France in Monaco was to open a new velodrome in Talavera. He’s ridden the Vuelta twice.

Vuelta Retro: Two years ago, a finish in Puertollano was followed by a stage between Ciudad Real and Talavera. Daniele Bennati won that day.

Neil Stephens says: It's more likely that a long break will try and stay away on a stage like this - whether it be one of the local riders or someone else. They'll probably stay away for 120km then get pulled back before a big sprint. It's all about which sprinter's team has the firepower at the finish.

Hopefully we'll have Alejandro Valverde in a good position by now but there's no way our team would be targeting the stage win on a day like today. If they cover a break and find themselves in it, then that's OK, but they'd be thinking about waiting for another day. We've got a solid team based around Alejandro so hopefully by now we can enjoy a bit of time off the front - see if the break goes and just tap away at the front if need be.

If Alejandro isn't going that well, we've still got some bloody good firepower and last year we picked up a couple of stages. We've got some riders who can get themselves in the break if need be but I hope that by this stage we'll be up there on general classification.

2009 Vuelta a España stage 17 map

2009 Vuelta a España profile stage 17