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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 01, Stage 5: Guadix - Lorca 198.8km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
December 16, 2009, 21:50 GMT,
Updated:
August 16, 2010, 22:15 BST

Wednesday, September 1 - Guadix - Lorca, 194 km

Distance: 199km
Highest point: 1,300m
Terrain: Lumpy
Category: Road stage

Worlds proving ground

Perhaps because there are no categorised climbs today, the organisers are describing this as a "completely flat" stage – not exactly the term we'd use. What they're effectively saying, though, is the sprinters should gobble this up. It takes the race from Andalucía into Murcia on roads that are often exposed and the riders could have problems if the wind gets up, especially if they're not towards the front of the bunch and echelons start to form. The sprinters are sure to be there, their teams ensuring that any breakaways are of the kamikaze kind.

Inside knowledge:

Thoughts of the Melbourne Worlds won't be far away for sprinters, especially those who aren't yet established at the top of their national team. Take Germany: André Greipel and Gerald Ciolek could both contend for the world title, and the Vuelta could decide which gets the weight of the German team behind him. Vuelta history suggests Greipel, who won four stages here last year and will be aiming for what's likely to be a final flourish in HTC colours. But Ciolek also won a stage here in 2009, and won't fancy playing a lead-out role having already taken the World U23 title in a bunch sprint.

2010 Vuelta a España stage 5 map

2010 Vuelta a España profile stage 5

Matt White says:

"This will definitely be a stage for the sprinters. They've not had much chance to get going so far so they will want their teams to take control of this one, and the sprinters will decide it between them."