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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
      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
      Location
      Salamanca
    • Rest Day 1

      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

      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 2, Stage 13: Sarria - Ponferradaa 150km

Stage 13 preview

By:
Cycling News
Published:
August 9, 2011, 02:47,
Updated:
August 15, 2011, 03:16

Sarria - Ponferrada

Spain’s most spectacular climb?

There’s been plenty of debate over the years about why the Vuelta has never tackled the Ancares, especially as the pass was surfaced 20 years ago and is regarded as the most spectacular in Spain. Finally, though, it has been included. Comparisons are often made between the Ancares and the Galibier. Although the French giant is much bigger, both feature a substantial ‘first step’ before the grind up the main ascent. The kilometres after Balouta are particularly tough but there are also steep ramps close to the summit. There are 60 very fast kilometres into the finish in Ponferrada.

Vuelta flashback 1942, Berrendero leads from start to finish

Ponferrada hasn’t featured regularly on the Vuelta route but it did in 1942, when Spain’s cycling icon of the era retained the title. A narrow winner of the first post-civil war Vuelta in 1941, Julián Berrendero was in crushingly dominant form in 1942. Winner of the opening stage when he finished 23 minutes clear of the pack with his breakaway companion, Berrendero led the race from start to finish. Although his lead had been reduced to a mere eight minutes by Madrid, Berrendero was never seriously threatened in a field that numbered just 40 at the start and 18 at the finish.

Details
Distance: 158.2km
Highest point: 1,670m
Category: Mountains

Igor Antón says...

"The organisers have laid a bit of trap here. The route climbs the Ancares pass, which is very tough. The contenders will have to be aware of long-range attacks from this pass even though there are more than 40km to the finish."

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