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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 08, Stage 18: Solares - Noja 169.7km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
August 09, 2011, 4:12 BST,
Updated:
August 15, 2011, 4:41 BST

Solares - Noja

Big chance for a breakaway

If any one stage of this year’s Vuelta is almost guaranteed to offer a winning chance to a breakaway this is the one. The stage takes the most roundabout of routes, snaking for over 174km to cover the mere 30km between Solares and Noja, which both lie just to the east of Santander. There are five categorised climbs, the last two cat 3s that are still some distance out from the finish. If, or perhaps when, the breakaway goes, the bunch may decide to chase over the closing 30km into Noja but the likelihood is that it will be too far back to bother.

Vuelta flashback 1935, A landmark that stands out from the inaugural Vuelta

The Puerto de Alisas is one of the few landmarks on this year’s race that can trace its Vuelta history right back to the race’s very first edition in 1935. It featured on stage 3, which was billed as the race’s toughest as it took in several other climbs in the rugged sierra that form the backdrop to the port of Santander. The stage was won by Gustaaf Deloor, leader of a strong Belgian team, although it was Swiss rider Leo Amberg who led the race up and over the northern side of the Alisas. Deloor took the leader’s jersey that day in Bilbao and kept it all the way into Madrid.

Details

Distance: 174.6km

Highest point: 725m

Category: Lumpy

Johnny Weltz says...

"The profile suggests this is not too tough a climb compared to the days around it but I think it could be difficult to control. It’s very rolling, the roads tend to be on the heavy side and the weather can be poor with the Atlantic so close."

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