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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

August 30, Stage 3: Marbella - Málaga 157.3km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
December 16, 2009, 17:52 GMT,
Updated:
August 16, 2010, 22:26 BST

Monday, August 30 - Marbella - Málaga, 156 km

Distance: 157km
Highest point: 905m
Terrain: Medium mountains
Category: Road stage

Peaking ahead

Stage 3 starts with a long drag out of Marbella. With two cat 1 climbs falling towards the end of the route, the initial cat 3 climb is sure to see plenty of action as the riders attempt to get into the break of the day. The course then drops steadily down to Málaga, where the climbing starts in earnest. The Puerto de León isn't massively high, but the 900m gain in altitude will seem like a lot to the peloton after starting from just a few meters above sea level, especially since they've got to do it twice. This climb could well bring out the likely contenders for the red jersey too, particularly given the kick up to the line over the final 1,500m offers the potential reward of a stage win.

Inside knowledge:

Andalucía-Cajasur are one of six wild card picks for the race, and their best chance of a stage win on home ground falls either today or tomorrow when there's enough climbing to shake out the top sprinters. They'll be looking to team leaders José Ángel Gómez Marchante, Manuel Vázquez and Ángel Vicioso to provide results, and the latter should fancy his chances in Málaga given his ability on the climbs and rapid turn of finishing speed.

Matt White says:

"This is another one that you've got to be able to climb to get through. And don't forget it could be incredibly hot down in this region at the end of August. They're not easing them in with sprint stages, are they?"

2010 Vuelta a España stage 3 map

2010 Vuelta a España profile stage 3