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Vuelta a España 2011

Date range:
August 20 - September 11, 2011
  • Vuelta a España, Spain, HIS (Historical Calendar)
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      13.5km
      Start location:
      Benidorm
      End location:
      Benidorm
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      171.5km
      Start location:
      La Nucía
      End location:
      Playas de Orihuela
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      164km
      Start location:
      Petrer
      End location:
      Totana
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      172km
      Start location:
      Baza
      End location:
      Sierra Nevada
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Sierra Nevada
      End location:
      Valdepeñas de Jaén
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      185.7km
      Start location:
      Úbeda
      End location:
      Córdoba
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      185km
      Start location:
      Almadén
      End location:
      Talavera de la Reina
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      183km
      Start location:
      Talavera de la Reina
      End location:
      San Lorenzo de El Escorial
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      179.5km
      Start location:
      Villacastín
      End location:
      Sierra de Bejar. La Covatilla
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      47km
      Start location:
      Salamanca
      End location:
      Salamanca
    • Rest Day 1

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      171km
      Start location:
      Verín
      End location:
      Estación de Montaña Manzaneda
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      160km
      Start location:
      Ponteareas
      End location:
      Pontevedra
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      150km
      Start location:
      Sarria
      End location:
      Ponferradaa
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      173.2km
      Start location:
      Astorga
      End location:
      La Farrapona. Lagos de Somiedo
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      144km
      Start location:
      Avilés
      End location:
      Anglirú
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      180km
      Start location:
      Villa Romana La Olmeda (Palencia)
      End location:
      Haro
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      212.5km
      Start location:
      Faustino V
      End location:
      Peña Cabarga
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      169.7km
      Start location:
      Solares
      End location:
      Noja
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      157.9km
      Start location:
      Noja
      End location:
      Bilbao
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Bilbao
      End location:
      Vitoria
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      94km
      Start location:
      Circuito del Jarama
      End location:
      Madrid

September 01, Stage 12: Ponteareas - Pontevedra 160km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
August 09, 2011, 3:42 BST,
Updated:
August 15, 2011, 4:13 BST

Ponteareas - Pontevedra

A rare sprinting opportunity

The grand tour organisers have been pretty miserly in their offerings to sprinters and rouleurs this year, effectively pressuring them to take advantage of stages like this. It features two cat 3 climbs that will give hope to breakaway riders but these are so far from the finish that the sprinters’ teams are sure to launch a determined chase of any escapees. The route heads into Pontevedra with 60km remaining, then out again. There are a couple of small lumps in the final 20km but nothing severe enough that it should derail the sprinters from their stage-winning objective.

Vuelta flashback 1980, When Rupérez stood tall and king Kelly emerged

It’s 31 years since the last stage finish in Pontevedra, when Belgium’s Etienne De Wilde sprinted home to victory. The big surprise that day was that 23-year-old Irishman Sean Kelly had been denied. Kelly bagged five stage wins that year as well as the points and sprints titles and fourth place overall. The title went to Faustino Rupérez, who had been fourth the previous year as a new pro. Rupérez took the lead on stage 5 in the Pyrenees and clung on. After retiring in 1985, he became the only man to win the Vuelta as a rider and a team manager when he oversaw Kelly’s victory at the 1988 race.

Details

Distance: 167.3km
Highest point: 400m
Category: Lumpy

Javier Guillén says...
“We’re heading to Galicia for the first time in a few years and into the capital of the province of Pontevedra with a stage that will mix coastal and inland sections. It’s not too long and finishes with three laps on a circuit that will show off this fine city.”

 

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