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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 31, Stage 9: Carboneras de Guadazaón - Aramón Valdelinares 185km

By:
Cycling News
Published:
August 22, 2014, 4:14 BST,
Updated:
August 22, 2014, 4:15 BST

Stage preview

This is the Vuelta's second visit to the ski resort of Aramón Valdelinares. The first was back in 2005, when Roberto Heras jumped away from rival Denis Menchov in the final kilometre to take the stage win and remove the leader's gold jersey (as it was back then) from the shoulders of Australian Brad McGee. Heras went on to win the title but was stripped of the victory after testing positive for EPO. He then successfully challenged the validity of that test and was reinstated as the winner in 2012. The climb to Valdelinares is steady and, at 11km, is longer than anything that's gone before. Today's winner may not emulate Heras in taking the title but the overall contenders for the red jersey will become very evident.

José Azevedo says: "I rode this in 2005 and I know it's a complicated climb. There will probably be lots of wind early on in the stage, which creates another difficulty. The gc riders will want to gain time on each other at the toughest finish so far."
 

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