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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 18, Stage 19: Avila - La Granja. Real Fábrica de Cristales 174km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
July 27, 2009, 22:53 BST,
Updated:
August 27, 2009, 23:13 BST

A flat run home...after today

Proycling's Analysis: The final mountain stage of the race takes the riders into the Sierra de Guadarrama, northwest of Madrid. There’s nothing fearsome here, but take into account the fatigue of three weeks and this becomes some test. The descent off the Navacerrada is on a road that’s extremely fast. Get over the top on your own and the stage is yours.

Culture Vulture: The La Granja glassworks were built for Felipe V in the early 18th century. It reopened in 1991 as a national glass museum.

Local hero: Cervélo’s José Angel Gómez Marchante hails from San Sebastián de los Reyes, 30km from the summit of the Navacerrada.

Vuelta Retro: Last year’s penultimate stage was a mountain time trial from La Granja to the summit of the Navacerrada. Levi Leipheimer won it, covering the 17.1km in 33 minutes.

Neil Stephens says: This stage from Ávila you have to be careful that you don't stuff it up, basically. By then if we're in the back seat and not in the front [in terms of the general classification] we'll try and light it up but if we're looking good we'll just be trying to keep it together and basically try not to stuff up before the finish. 

2009 Vuelta a España stage 19 map

2009 Vuelta a España stage 19 profile