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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 06, Stage 8: Alzira - Alto de Aitana 206km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
July 27, 2009, 19:11 BST,
Updated:
August 27, 2009, 22:59 BST

Brutal climb to sort the wheat from the chaff

Proycling's Analysis: Nightmarish. The climbs on the road to the summit finish aren’t high but there are seven, all second- or third-cat. The climbs should thin the contenders before the Aitana, particularly when the riders head past the Alto de Tudons with 6.5km left at a gradient close to 10 per cent.

Culture Vulture: The walled city of Alzira was founded by the Moors in the 8th century and brought under Spanish control when conquered by James I of Aragon in 1242. It’s now best known for ice cream production.

Local hero: The five-time Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain has a home in the resort of Benidorm, barely 20km from the summit of the Aitana.

Vuelta Retro: The Aitana has featured twice before on the Vuelta route – in 2001 and again in 2004.

Neil Stephens says: It's a savage day. It's not only the climb to Aitana, the whole day is solid. I went out and had a look at it during the Tour - a few of our boys were there - it's really, really solid. Alejandro knows Aitana really well - I think it's going to take a really strong guy to get away from Alejandro Valverde and put big time into him on that sort of stuff. A good climber might be able to get away there - it's a big thing that Cadel Evans is coming to the Vuelta, and he's obviously a major threat, but it'll take pretty good riders to put either Alejandro or Cadel away. 

2009 Vuelta a España stage 8 map

2009 Vuelta a España stage 8 profile