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Vuelta a España 2011

Date range:
August 20 - September 11, 2011
  • Vuelta a España, Spain, HIS (Historical Calendar)
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    • 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 26, Stage 7: Almadén - Talavera de la Reina 185km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
August 09, 2011, 2:50 BST,
Updated:
August 14, 2011, 9:18 BST

Almadén - Talavera de la Reina

Last sprint before the mountains

This stage takes the race into the Sistema Central ranges that run across the centre of the country but doesn’t feature a single categorised climb. That doesn’t mean it will be straightforward, though. The bumpy route makes it ideal for breakaways, as demonstrated in 2009 when five riders broke away in the first 10km only to see their substantial lead trimmed back to seconds. However, one of the group, Anthony Roux, just held off the charging bunch to claim victory. The sprinters’ teams aren’t likely to make the same mistake again, especially with two mountain stages to come.

Vuelta flashback 1950, Spain’s national tour teeters on the brink

Talavera de la Reina first featured on the Vuelta route in 1950, which was arguably the least successful edition of the race. Featuring just 42 riders, of whom only 26 made it to Madrid, it was dominated by the Rodríguez brothers, Emilio and Manuel, who finished first and second overall, Emilio winning six stages along the way. There had been no Vuelta the previous year and the rather processional progress in 1950 played a part in the race’s disappearance for the following five, although the increasing isolation of the Franco regime was also a very significant factor.

Details

Distance: 187.6km
Highest point: 705m
Category: Flat

Johnny Weltz says...

"This is typical of a Vuelta stage that at first glance might suit the sprinters but could actually cause them some problems. For a start, these roads are rolling and tend to be very heavy. Once again, the wind could have an impact on the outcome too."

 

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