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Vuelta a España 2011

Date range:
August 20 - September 11, 2011
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      Distance:
      13.5km
      Start location:
      Benidorm
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      Benidorm
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      Start location:
      La Nucía
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      Playas de Orihuela
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      Start location:
      Petrer
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      Totana
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      Start location:
      Baza
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      Sierra Nevada
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      187km
      Start location:
      Sierra Nevada
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      Valdepeñas de Jaén
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      Distance:
      185.7km
      Start location:
      Úbeda
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      Córdoba
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      Almadén
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      Talavera de la Reina
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      Talavera de la Reina
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      San Lorenzo de El Escorial
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      Distance:
      179.5km
      Start location:
      Villacastín
      End location:
      Sierra de Bejar. La Covatilla
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      Distance:
      47km
      Start location:
      Salamanca
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      Salamanca
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      Distance:
      171km
      Start location:
      Verín
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      Estación de Montaña Manzaneda
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      Ponteareas
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      Pontevedra
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      Distance:
      150km
      Start location:
      Sarria
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      Ponferradaa
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      Distance:
      173.2km
      Start location:
      Astorga
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      La Farrapona. Lagos de Somiedo
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      144km
      Start location:
      Avilés
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      Anglirú
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      Distance:
      180km
      Start location:
      Villa Romana La Olmeda (Palencia)
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      Haro
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      Distance:
      212.5km
      Start location:
      Faustino V
      End location:
      Peña Cabarga
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      Distance:
      169.7km
      Start location:
      Solares
      End location:
      Noja
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      Distance:
      157.9km
      Start location:
      Noja
      End location:
      Bilbao
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      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Bilbao
      End location:
      Vitoria
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      Distance:
      94km
      Start location:
      Circuito del Jarama
      End location:
      Madrid

August 28, Stage 9: Villacastín - Sierra de Bejar. La Covatilla 179.5km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
August 09, 2011, 3:28 BST,
Updated:
August 15, 2011, 4:04 BST

Villacastín - Sierra de Bejar. La Covatilla

Breakaway day?

After the previous day’s brutally steep conclusion, today’s leg brings a more traditional summit finish on the Covatilla climb. The stage mainly stays in the shadow of the Sierra de Ávila, although there are enough lumps to encourage breakaways. They will be hoping they achieve enough of a buffer on the bunch to hold out to the top of the Covatilla, which rises for 10km at an average of 7.4 per cent. It’s been five years since the race last climbed to this resort, perhaps because of its association with local hero Roberto Heras, who was stripped of a fourth Vuelta win in 2005 for EPO use.

Vuelta flashback 2002, Covatilla’s debut crowned with a home winner

Nine years on from finishing third in the 1993 race, now-retired Spanish climber Laudelino Cubino proposed a new summit to Vuelta organisers Unipublic. Located above the western town of Béjar, the Alto de Covatilla rises to almost 2,000m. Perhaps not incidentally, Cubino owns a hotel complex at the resort but it proved the ideal choice for that year’s final summit finish before the deciding time trial in Madrid. Fittingly, victory went to a local rider, although not to Roberto Heras. Having been in the break that day, Santiago Blanco held on to take a famous win ahead of Heras.

Details

Distance: 183.0km

Highest point: 1,970m
Category: Mountains

Igor Antón says...

"It will be a stage where you want to avoid losing more than focus on winning. I know this climb and I also know that if it is hot it could cause a lot of damage because of the effort it will demand. From this point onwards, the GC will start to take shape."

 

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