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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 11, Stage 14: Burgos - Peña Cabarga 178km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
December 16, 2009, 18:01 GMT,
Updated:
August 16, 2010, 22:30 BST

Saturday, September 11 - Burgos - Peña Cabarga, 178.8 km

Distance: 178km
Highest point: 1,340m
Terrain: Medium mountains
Category: Road stage

Mountain high

The first of three stages in the Cantabrian mountains is sure to see the main contenders slugging it out on the cat 1 climb of the Peña Cabarga at the end. The terrain is rugged well before the stage's final ascent, though, and this should favour the break's chances of going all the way. Riders in it will be helped by a cat 3 climb and a pair of cat 2 ascents, after which there's a 50km stretch of less testing road. Not dissimilar to stage 8's Xorret del Catí in difficulty, the Peña Cabarga starts abruptly and continues that way for 3km. Then there's some brief respite before the final, and toughest, 2km stretch to the summit.

Inside knowledge:

It was surprising to see Euskaltel's Igor Antón overlooked for the Tour after he beat Contador to the summit of the Morredero at the Vuelta a Castilla y León in April. But his team feel Antón is a real contender for the Vuelta title, so he's being saved for his national tour. Taking fourth place at Flèche Wallonne suggests the featherweight Basque should respond well on the Cabarga's ramps too.

Flashback The Vuelta reborn

Although Spain's national tour has had significant issues in recent years, these don't compare with the bleak situation of 1978. Not only did Bernard Hinault hand the home riders a beating, but growing political problems in the Basque Country forced the race to a premature finish. Backed and organised for 33 years by Basque newspaper El Correo Español-Pueblo Vasco, they pulled out after the race finished in chaos.

The penultimate stage was shortened after protestors covered the road with nails and rocks. Later that day, the final time trial was annulled when objects thrown by the crowd hit riders. Salvation came in the form of Spanish Cycling Federation president Luis Puig, who brought in Unipublic to run the 1979 edition and drew on all kinds of contacts to ensure the race survived. The Basque Country didn't feature on the route but the climb of the Peña Cabarga above Santander did for the first time.

This year, the Cabarga climb appears for the first time since Angel López del Alamo won there 31 years ago, and there are growing indications that the Basque Country will soon return to the Vuelta too.
 

2010 Vuelta a España stage 14 map

2010 Vuelta a España profile stage 14