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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 02, Stage 6: Caravaca de Cruz - Murcia 151km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
December 16, 2009, 21:52 GMT,
Updated:
August 16, 2010, 22:17 BST

Thursday, September 2 - Caravaca de Cruz - Murcia, 144 km

Distance: 149km
Highest point: 560m
Terrain: Lumpy
Category: Road stage

Recounting past glories

Both of these towns featured in last year's race: Tyler Farrar won a sprint in Caravaca de la Cruz and Simon Gerrans beat three breakaway rivals in Murcia. Gerrans' success is the more significant today, because this finish replicates last year's route into Murcia with the late passage over the Cresta del Gallo.

The stage is straightforward up to the Gallo, but its steep ramps almost guarantee an unpredictable finish. It's the shortest cat 2 climb in the race, but should still see off most of the sprinters. Last year, a group comprising Gerrans, Ryder Hesjedal, Alexandre Vinokourov and Jakob Fuglsang went and stayed clear.

Inside knowledge:

There's a degree of tribute to 2009 Vuelta winner Alejandro Valverde in this stage. It finishes in the capital of his home region of Murcia and includes the Gallo, one of his regular training climbs. Valverde won't be in the field, he's banned until 2012, but his Caisse d'Epargne team-mates and training partners are sure to show their support by targeting this stage. Francisco Pérez is both and looks like a good outside bet, having finished sixth here last year.

Flashback: Downright dangerous

The key to the Cresta del Gallo is not so much reaching the top of the climb in the lead position, but maintaining that place to the foot of its extremely poorly surfaced descent and beyond. Last year, Euskaltel's Beñat Intxausti and Milram's Linus Gerdemann both lost their chance of taking home a stage win when they punctured on the twisty drop down towards Murcia. Gerdemann's first misfortune led to a second when he crashed after getting a wheel from neutral service.

Behind the breakaways, who were eventually led home by Simon Gerrans, there was also plenty of action in the main bunch as race leader Alejandro Valverde went on the attack. Knowing the climb and its hazards well, Valverde wanted to ensure he had a clean line on the descent. The tactic paid off, and he wore the leader's jersey into his home city.
 

2010 Vuelta a España stage 6 map

2010 Vuelta a España profile stage 6