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Vuelta a España 2010

Date range:
August 28 - September 19, 2010
  • Vuelta a España, ESP, HIS (Historical Calendar)
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      13km
      Start location:
      Sevilla
      End location:
      Sevilla
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      173.7km
      Start location:
      Alcalá de Guadaíra
      End location:
      Marbella
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      157.3km
      Start location:
      Marbella
      End location:
      Málaga
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      183.8km
      Start location:
      Málaga
      End location:
      Valdepeñas de Jaén
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      198.8km
      Start location:
      Guadix
      End location:
      Lorca
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      151km
      Start location:
      Caravaca de Cruz
      End location:
      Murcia
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      187.1km
      Start location:
      Murcia
      End location:
      Orihuela
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      190km
      Start location:
      Villena
      End location:
      Xorret del Catí
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      187.7km
      Start location:
      Calpe
      End location:
      Alcoy
    • Rest day 1

      Start location:
      Calpe
      End location:
      Tarragona
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      175.7km
      Start location:
      Tarragona
      End location:
      Vilanova i la Geltrú
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      208.4km
      Start location:
      Vilanova i la Geltrú
      End location:
      Andorra
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      172.5km
      Start location:
      Andorra la Vella
      End location:
      Lleida
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      196km
      Start location:
      Rincón de Soto
      End location:
      Burgos
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      178km
      Start location:
      Burgos
      End location:
      Peña Cabarga
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      187.3km
      Start location:
      Solares
      End location:
      Lagos de Covadonga
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      181.4km
      Start location:
      Gijón
      End location:
      Alto de Cotobello
    • Rest day 2

      Start location:
      Cotobello
      End location:
      Peñafiel
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      46km
      Start location:
      Peñafiel
      End location:
      Peñafiel
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      148.9km
      Start location:
      Valladolid
      End location:
      Salamanca
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      231.2km
      Start location:
      Piedrahita
      End location:
      Toledo
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      172.1km
      Start location:
      San Martín de Valdeiglesias
      End location:
      Bola del Mundo
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      85km
      Start location:
      San Sebastián de los Reyes
      End location:
      Madrid
  • Race history

September 07, Stage 10: Tarragona - Vilanova i la Geltrú 175.7km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
December 16, 2009, 21:57 GMT,
Updated:
August 16, 2010, 22:19 BST

Tuesday, September 7 - Tarragona - Vilanova i la Geltrú, 173.7 km

Distance: 176km
Highest point: 700m
Terrain: Lumpy
Category: Road stage

Hard to finish

This stage would suit sprinters if it wasn't for the fearsome sting of the Rat Penat. The approach to it along the coast from Vilanova is spectacular, but the riders will be more focused on taking up a place near the front of the bunch than the views. Then they hit the cat 1 climb. Steep right from the off, it rears up frighteningly during its second kilometre, averaging 12.5 per cent. Sections of up to 23 per cent compare with the Flèche Wallonne's Mur de Huy, but this Catalan equivalent still has another 3km to go. The roads over the top of the summit are rough and gravel-strewn too, which could make for an interesting descent to the finish.

Inside knowledge:

This stage will mean a lot to Catalan riders, such as Joaquim Rodríguez and Xavier Florencio, but the rider most readily associated with Rat Penat is Sky's Juan Antonio Flecha, who does intervals on its slopes and lives in nearly Castelldefels. In addition, Vilanova was the home of former Caisse d'Epargne rider Isaac Gálvez, who died during the Ghent Six in 2006. He was a close friend of Flecha's and many in his team. They will want to pay tribute to him here.

2010 Vuelta a España profile stage 8

Matt White says:

"Look at the gradient on the Rat Penat. Once again, the profile would favour the sprinters if it wasn't for that one climb. They won't get over that near the front. If Flecha trains on it, he could well feature…"