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Vuelta a España 2014

Date range:
August 23 - September 14
  • Vuelta a España, Spain, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      12.6km
      Location
      Jerez de la Frontera (TTT)
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      174.4km
      Start location:
      Algeciras
      End location:
      San Fernando
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      197.8km
      Start location:
      Cádiz
      End location:
      Arcos de la Frontera
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      164.7km
      Start location:
      Mairena del Alcor
      End location:
      Córdoba
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      180km
      Start location:
      Priego de Cordoba
      End location:
      Ronda
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      167.7km
      Start location:
      Benalmádena
      End location:
      Cumbres Verdes (La Zubia)
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      169km
      Start location:
      Alhendín
      End location:
      Alcaudete
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      207km
      Start location:
      Baeza
      End location:
      Albacete
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      185km
      Start location:
      Carboneras de Guadazaón
      End location:
      Aramón Valdelinares
    • Rest Day 1

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      36.7km
      Start location:
      Real Monasterio de Santa María de Veruela
      End location:
      Borja (ITT)
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      153.4km
      Start location:
      Pamplona
      End location:
      San Miguel de Aralar (Navarre)
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      166.4km
      Start location:
      Logroño
      End location:
      Logroño
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      188.7km
      Start location:
      Belorado
      End location:
      Obregón. Parque de Cabárceno
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      200.8km
      Start location:
      Santander
      End location:
      La Camperona. Valle de Sábero
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      152.2km
      Start location:
      Oviedo
      End location:
      Lagos de Covadonga
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      160.5km
      Start location:
      San Martín del Rey Aurelio
      End location:
      La Farrapona. Lago de Somiedo
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      190.7km
      Start location:
      Ortigueira
      End location:
      A Coruña
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      157km
      Start location:
      A Estrada
      End location:
      Monte Castrove en Meis
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      180.5km
      Start location:
      Salvaterra de Miño
      End location:
      Cangas de Morrazo
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      185.7km
      Start location:
      Santo Estevo de Riba de Sil
      End location:
      Puerto de Ancares
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      9.7km
      Location
      Santiago de Compostela (ITT)
  • Race history

August 23, Stage 1: Jerez de la Frontera (TTT) 12.6km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
August 21, 2014, 3:00 BST,
Updated:
August 21, 2014, 5:18 BST

Stage preview

The Vuelta often gets under way with a team time trial that highlights the best features of the start city. This very short, flat test starts outside Jerez's anthropological museum and finishes on the Avenida Alvaro Domecq, which honours one of the city's sherry-making families. Over approximately 13 minutes of racing, the gaps between the 22 teams shouldn't be too large, although the course does twist over the 12.6km between start and finish. This starts in Algeciras, the port almost on Spain's most southern tip, from where ferries cross the straits of Gibraltar to Tangier. It looks like a gentle way to ease into a grand tour. The day's only climb, a cat 3 hill, comes very early on and from that point, there's barely a lump worthy of mention as the route heads north-west along Spain's Atlantic coast.

However, this is one of Europe's prime windsurfing locales, which highlights the main difficulty the Astana won last year's opening day test in Galicia, putting Jani Brajkovic in the leader's red jersey and setting up Vincenzo Nibali for his push on the overall title. It's unlikely he'll be back this year, making Sky, Movistar and Omega Pharma the teams most likely to dominate.

Fernando Escartín says:

"It's a technical course because the circuit is totally urban. The first section runs through the old part of the city for three or four kilometres and there are a few cobbled sections. After that, the roads are wide and the time gaps won't be big."

 

 

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