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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 30, Stage 2: Assen - Emmen 202km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
August 13, 2009, 16:04 BST,
Updated:
August 27, 2009, 22:49 BST

Sprinters to have their first chance in Emmen

Proycling's Analysis: This stage is based in Drenthe and starts in Assen once again. It loops back to the province’s capital twice before heading to the southern part of the region and finishing in Emmen. The countryside is flat and open, so a sprint looks guaranteed. There is one climb but the specialists won’t be impressed – the hill at Witteveen only rises to 30m.

Culture Vulture: Emmen is best known for the Dierenpark, one of Europe’s biggest zoos, which attracts almost two million visitors a year.

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: Alessandro Petacchi stands second in the all-time list of Vuelta stage winners. The Italian has 19 stage wins under his belt but lags behind 1945 winner Delio Rodríguez’s total of 39.

Neil Stephens says: You'll really have to keep a close eye on teams like Rabobank - it's in their territory - and there's also Quick Step. It's a pretty technical type of circuit with lots of corners, left and right turns, roundabouts... . You have to be on the edge of your seat all day. It's not a battle for us to pick that day - it's a sprinters' day and we've got no sprinter, so we just have to make sure we don't lose any time through crashes or mechanicals, etc. Guys like Allan Davis, Andre Greipel, Tyler Farrar (are the ones to watch). It'll be one of those guys that day (who takes the win).
 

2009 Vuelta a España stage 2 map

2009 Vuelta a España profile stage 2