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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

August 22, Stage 3: Petrer - Totana 164km

Stage 3 preview

By:
Cycling News
Published:
August 9, 2011, 00:51,
Updated:
August 14, 2011, 07:24

Petrer - Totana

Downhill to the finish

Many of the riders will be familiar with today’s roads from the Tour of Murcia, although the mid-summer temperatures are likely to be very different to those experienced when that race took place in March. The route is straightforward until the first passage through the finish line. From there, the riders will head up into the Espuña range for the cat 3 Alto de la Santa. It’s little more than 10km from its summit back to the finish. While this may give the sprinters time to take control, this final descent will most likely open the stage up to late attackers.

Vuelta flashback 1966, Gabica leads Kas sweep of the Vuelta podium

Today’s start and finish towns are new to the race but nearby Murcia is familiar to the Vuelta. The city hosted the start of the 1966 race, which almost didn’t go ahead because of financial problems at the organising El Correo Español newspaper. Although the Spanish government stepped in, it did so too late to guarantee a strong foreign presence. Spaniards dominated, with Kas sweeping the podium thanks to Francisco Gabica, Eusebio Vélez and Carlos Echevarría. Incidentally, today’s final climb, the Alto de la Santa, featured in the 2003 Tour of Murcia won by Victor Hugo Peña.

Details

Distance: 163.0km
Highest point: 690m
Category: Flat

David López says...

"The riders will know from the Tour of Murcia that these roads tend to be wide and exposed. The mountains here are not the biggest or the hardest but they do get a lot of wind. That final climb will complicate things for some riders, though."

 

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