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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 17, Stage 18: Talavera de la Reina - Avila 187km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
July 27, 2009, 22:52 BST,
Updated:
August 27, 2009, 23:12 BST

Cobbled finale in Ávila

Proycling's Analysis: We’re quickly back to the sharp end of the race with a tough mountain stage through the stunning Sierra de Gredos. The first-cat Mijares is the toughest of four climbs. The two climbs closest to the finish are new to the race but don’t appear tough enough to split the leaders up. The cobbled climb up into Ávila tends to do that though.

Culture Vulture: At more than 1100m, it can be very cold and windy here but to the south-west is the often-overlooked Sierra de Gredos, a national park that offers many superb cycling routes.

Local hero: Ávila is home to 2008 Tour champion Carlos Sastre as well as Alberto Contador’s Astana team-mate Jesús Hernández. The Proycling's also passes through Sastre’s hometown of El Barraco, where his father runs the Local cycling club.

Vuelta Retro: Very much a fixture in the race nowadays, Ávila was bypassed until 1971 when Dutchman Joop Zoetemelk won a stage into the city.

Neil Stephens says: There's a bit of a surprise packet thrown in towards the end of the stage. The Ávila stage is a famous stage but this year they've taken a different route. We went and checked it out - you've got to be on the ball but it's not too demanding. You've got to be careful not to lose time so it's the type of stage where the guys have to be on the front; again, someone who's good enough to get over the climbs and a bit of punch at the finish, like Allan Davis, could make something of this day. 

2009 Vuelta a España stage 18 map

2009 Vuelta a España stage 18 profile