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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 05, Stage 7: Valencia - Valencia 30km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
August 13, 2009, 17:11 BST,
Updated:
August 27, 2009, 22:57 BST

Pan-flat time trial test as the mountains loom

Proycling's Analysis: An impressive circuit that marks the end of the first third of the race and should see the first overall contenders emerge. The 30km test starts at the Americas Cup on the Med. Pan-flat, it heads inland into Valencia itself and includes a circuit of the F1 motor-racing circuit. The finish line is the same spot where the chequered flag is waved.

Culture Vulture: Previously a poor relation to Madrid and Barcelona, Spain’s third city has been revitalised in recent decades with much of the credit going to Local-born architect Santiago Calatrava.

Local hero: Long-term home to the Kelme team, Valencia was once a hub for pro racing in Spain. 2001 Vuelta winner Ángel Casero hails from the city and the ex-Festina rider now works in property.

Vuelta Retro: The 2002 race started with a 24.5km team time trial, which began just outside of the city. Victory that day put Joseba Beloki into the leader’s golden jersey.

Neil Stephens says: Alejandro should go alright on this stage. In the time trial, he's got to try and limit his losses; guys like Cadel Evans might be able to peg him back a little there, but that's the first major test for us. It's followed by some solid stages. So there's the TT then the first set of mountain stages coming up after that which is where the big-time differences are going to start to appear for the first time in this Vuelta. 

2009 Vuelta a España stage 6 map

2009 Vuelta a España profile stage 7