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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 06, Stage 16: Villa Romana La Olmeda (Palencia) - Haro 180km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
August 09, 2011, 4:01 BST,
Updated:
August 15, 2011, 4:34 BST

Villa Romana La Olmeda (Palencia) - Haro

Rest, then wine and history

After the second rest day, action resumes with a stage across the plains to the famous Rioja wine-making centre of Haro. The stage actually starts at the La Olmeda Roman villa, one of Spain’s most important archaeological sites from that era. Once under way, the riders will face no obvious obstacles on the route but the wind could once again be a complicating factor. It can often blow strongly from the east, which would make for an extremely tough day indeed. The sprinters should be prominent, assuming the best of them have made it through the recent arduous days.

Vuelta flashback 1966, The Haro time trial decides the race in Gabica’s favour

Although the turn-out of foreign riders in 1966 was lacking in quality, Dutchman Cees Haast took advantage of rivalry between the main Spanish teams to sneak into the lead in the final days. But the 61km TT between Vitoria and Haro proved his undoing. It featured the 1,100m Alto de Herrera, where Haast floundered and Francisco Gabica flew. Gabica won the stage and took the race lead for the Vitoria-based Kas team, which swept the podium. There was euphoria at the race finish in Bilbao as Gabica became the Vuelta’s second Basque champion after Jesus Loroño.

Details

Distance: 188.1km
Highest point: 1,010m
Category: Flat

David López says...

"I know this area pretty well and the one thing that will make it really tough is the wind. It’s flat but there will be tension in the bunch if the wind does get up. It might not affect the overall standings but no one should think this will be an easy day."

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