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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

August 21, Stage 2: La Nucía - Playas de Orihuela 171.5km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
August 09, 2011, 1:42 BST,
Updated:
August 14, 2011, 8:13 BST

La Nucía - Playas de Orihuela

A sprint finish by the Med

The first climb of the 66th Vuelta comes just 28km into the opening road stage but thereafter, the route sticks closely to the Mediterranean coast. That keeps the profile flat and should ensure that the sprinters get their first chance for some elbows-out action. Alessandro Petacchi won last year’s stage in Orihuela but that town is actually some distance inland from its beaches where today’s finish is located. Although the road does rise steadily over the final kilometre to the finish, it doesn’t do so at a gradient that will concern the sprinters or interrupt any lead-out trains.

Vuelta flashback 2009, The second coming of Damiano Cunego

Despite often being touted as a genuine grand tour contender, Damiano Cunego has only ever won stages in three-week races. His best-remembered successes were the four stage wins that set him up for victory in the 2004 Giro. Five years on from that, the Italian re-emerged as a conqueror of summits with two wins at the 2009 Vuelta. The first came on the Alto de Aitana, just 10km from today’s only climb of Alto de Relleu. ‘The Little Prince’ went on to win again at the Pandera summit above the Andalucian city of Jaén, which remains his last success in a grand tour.

Details

Distance: 175.5km
Highest point: 450m
Category: Flat

Johnny Weltz says...
“Although there are some hills inland, this area is very lat and the race will be on big roads so I can’t see it ending in anything other than a sprint. There are no major di iculties at all, bearing in mind the climb comes so early.”

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