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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 03, Stage 5: Tarragona - Vinaros 174km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
August 13, 2009, 16:44 BST,
Updated:
August 27, 2009, 22:54 BST

Another feast for the fast men in Vinaros

Proycling's Analysis: The first rest day comes early, allowing the race’s followers to decamp from the Low Countries to Barcelona. The riders will transfer right after the Liège stage, giving them a day to acclimatise to the conditions of southern Catalonia. The opening stage in Spain is a leg-warmer with two categorised climbs – the second-cat Fatxas and third-cat Benifallet.

Culture Vulture: Once a key centre in the Roman empire, Tarragona’s most renowned monuments are its amphitheatre and aqueduct.

Local hero: Rabobank breakaway specialist Juan Antonio Flecha lives in Castelldefels, not far to the north of the stage’s start. The Argentine-born Spaniard has never won a Vuelta stage, despite five appearances.

Vuelta Retro: The latter profile suggests sprinters should hold sway today. In 2005, Dutch galloper Max Van Heeswijk won a similar stage.

Neil Stephens says: For us, you can basically split the Vuelta into sections; we've got to get down to the stages around Alicante and Murcia and the days getting there are pretty much transition stages. Hopefully when we get down there, we won't have lost any time.  Hopefully there are a couple of sprinters in good shape, and they'll be able to look after a lot of the race for us... . From then on we have to look at what we're going to do. 

2009 Vuelta a España stage 5 map

2009 Vuelta a España profile stage 5