2013 Vuelta a España Preview

Vuelta Espana 2013

The third biggest stage race in the world is here, the 68th Vuelta a Espana(Tour of Spain) starts on Saturday 24th August and finishes on Sunday 15th September. The 21 stages, there are also two set rest days during the race, will see the riders cover a distance of 3,359kms with a mix of six flat stages, 13 mountain stages, one team time trial and one individual time trial.

Some of the big names from the Tour de France will be riding but not Chris Froome as he is building up to the World Championship road race using smaller races. 2012 Vuelta winner Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff Bnak) is not defending his title this year after an exhausting Tour de France but Spanish riders Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and third place in this year’s Tour de France Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) are among the favourites in this particularly hilly version. Other favourites include 2013 Giro d’Italia winner Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) and former Giro winner Ivan Basso (Cannondale).

British interest in the race is somewhat muted this year as although Team SKY are sending a very strong squad for the overall classification, the only Brit in their line up is Luke Rowe who gets a start in his first three week tour. Young British rider Andy Fenn (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) also gets a start in his first Grand Tour and will be one to watch in the sprints. Irish interest however is very high as Nicholas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff Bank) and his cousin Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) are both starting the race on the back of very strong Tour de France performances; Dan won a stage and Nicholas worked tirelessly for team leader Alberto Contador.

The Tour of Spain provides a chance for those who missed out on the other two Grand Tours, Giro d’Italia and Tour de France, this year to make their mark before the end of the season. It’s a great intro to three week racing for newer riders who don’t want the pressure of the Tour de France or the savageness of the mountains in the Giro. It’s also seen as an excellent warm up for the World Championship Road Race at the end of September so don’t be surprised to see some big names just rolling round fine tuning their shape for targets after the race.

The Vuelta finishes the same day as the Tour of Britain starts so don’t expect to see anyone who rode in Spain to be at the Tour of Britain unless they dropped through illness or injury very early on in Spain (one of the rules set by World Cycling governing body the UCI forbids riders from dropping out of a race while it is still on to start another one unless though illness or injury).

Vuelta a Espana 2013 Route

 

Stage  Date Start/Finish Distance (km)
1 Sat 24/8 Vilanova de Arousa – Sanxenxo (TTT) 27.4
2 Sun 25/8 Pontevedra – Baiona. Alto Do Monte Da Groba 177.7
3 Mon26/8 Vigo – Mirador de Lobeira / Vilagarcía de Arousa 184.4
4 Tue 27/8 Lalín/a Estrada – Finisterra. Etapa Fin del Mundo 189
5 Wed 28/8 Sober – Lago de Sanabria 174.3
6 Thu 29/8 GuiThulo – Cáceres 175
7 Fri 30/8 Almendralejo – Mairena de Aljarafe 205.9
8 Sat 31/8 Jerez de la Frontera – Estepona. Alto Peñas Blancas 166.6
9 Sun 1/9 Antequera – Valdepeñas de Jaén 163.7
10 Mon 2/9 Torredelcampo – Güéjar Sierra. Alto Hazallanas 186.8
Rest Day One   Tuesday 3/9
11 Wed 4/9 Tarazona – Tarazona (ITT) 38.8
12 Thu 5/9 Maella – Tarragona 164.2
13 Fri 6/9 Valls – Castelldefels 169
14 Sat 7/9 Bagà – Andorra, Collada de la Gallina 155.7
15 Sun 8/9 Andorra – Peyragudes 224.9
16 Mon 9/9 Graus – Sallent de Gállego. Aramón Formigal 146.8
Rest Day Two   Tuesday 10/9  
17 Wed 11/9 Calahorra – Burgos 189
18 Thu 12/9 Burgos – Peña Cabarga 186.5
19 Fri 13/9 S. Vicente Barquera – Oviedo.Alto Naranco 181
20 Sat 14/9 Avilés – Alto de L´Angliru 142.2
21 Sun 15/9 Leganés – Madrid 109.6

Vuelta a España 2013: Teams

 

AG2R La Mondiale

 

AG2R La Mondiale

 

 

Argos-Shimano

 

Argos Shimano

 

 

Astana

 

 

Astana

 

Belkin

 

 

Belkin

 

 

BMC

 

 BMC Racing

 

 

Caja Bural

 

Caja Bural

 

 

 

Cannondale

 

Cannondale

 

 

Cofidis

 

Cofidis

 

 

Euskatel-Euskadi

 

Euskatel_Euskadi

 

 

FDJ

 

FDJ

 

 

Garmin-Sharp

 

Garmin-Sharp

Dan Martin (IRL)

 

Katusha

 

Katusha

 

 

Lampre-Merida

 

 

Lampre-Merida

 

Lotto-Bellisol

 

 

Lotto-Bellisol

 

 

Movistar

 

Movistar

 

 

NetApp-Endura

 

 

NetApp-Endura

 

 

OmegaPharma-QuickStep

 

OmegaPharma-QuickStep

 

 

Orica-GreenEdge

 

Orica-GreenEdge

 

 

RadioShack-Leopard

 

RadioShack-Leopard

 

 

 

SaxoBank-TinkoffBank

 

Saxo – Tinkoff

Nicholas Roche (IRL)

 

Sky ProcyclingSky

Luke Rowe (GBR)

 

 

VacancSoleil-DCM

 

VacanSoleil-DCM

 

 

 

Vuelta a España Recent Winners

2012 Alberto Contador (Spa)
2011 Juan Jose Cobo (Spa)
2010 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita)
2009 Alejandro Valverde (Spa)
2008 Alberto Contador (Spa)
2007 Denis Menchov (Rus)
2006 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz)
2005 Denis Menchov (Rus)
2004 Roberto Heras (Spa)
2003 Roberto Heras (Spa)

 

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