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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 08, Stage 11: Vilanova i la Geltrú - Andorra 208.4km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
December 16, 2009, 17:58 GMT,
Updated:
August 16, 2010, 22:29 BST

Wednesday, September 8 - Vilanova i la Geltrú - Andorra, 208 km

Distance: 208km
Highest point: 1,900m
Terrain: Ramps up
Category: Road stage

Major summit finish

There's just one categorised climb on the longest stage of the race, but it's crucial since the ascent to the summit finish at Vallnord/Pal marks the real start of the battle for the red leader's jersey. Designed to accommodate the coach traffic to the ski resorts above the finish, it's a steady drag that shouldn't result in big time gaps between the main contenders. Last year's Tour of Catalonia featured a finish up here and just 37 seconds separated the top nine riders. It's tough enough, though, to clarify who's in with a chance for the GC.

Inside knowledge:

Last time the Vuelta went into Andorra, the winner took the Worlds title a few days later. Today's victor probably won't emulate Alessandro Ballan, given the importance of this stage to the overall battle and the relative flatness of the Worlds course. There's sure to be plenty of climbing talent on display, though, and since most of this stage takes place in Catalonia, local hero Joaquim Rodríguez will be highly motivated at the head of the Katusha team.

Flashback Pyrenean Pal

A fixture on the route of the Tour de France since 1910, the Pyrenees only tend to feature every other year on the Vuelta's itinerary. The race first ventured into Andorra in 1965, when Spain's Estebán Martín took the stage win in the principality's capital, Andorra La Vella.

Twenty years on, the Andorran ski station of Pal was chosen as a stage finish for the first time. The day before the riders tackled the 16km mountain time trial, Colombia's Francisco Rodríguez had moved into contention with a stage win in Andorra La Vella. The Colombian, who was riding for the Spanish Zor team, won again here, beating race leader Robert Millar by 10 seconds, but only after the Scot had changed bikes twice.

The first time he swapped from a light bike to a heavier alternative fitted with disc wheels for the run to the finish. But when one of the experimental Michelin tyres punctured after just a kilometre, Millar had to switch back to his original machine. Later on in the race, Millar famously lost his GC lead when Pedro Delgado gained more than six minutes on the penultimate stage with a degree of complicity and assistance from other Spanish riders.

2010 Vuelta a España stage 11 map

2010 Vuelta a España profile stage 11