La Vuelta Espana 2012

 

La Vuelta Espana 2012

La Vuelta Espana 2012

La Vuelta Espana / Tour of Spain is an annual bicycle race that covers more than 3,500 kilometres (2,200mi) throughout Spain and a bordering country. The race usually lasts 23 days and attracts cyclists from around the world. The race is broken down into day-long segments, called stages. Individual times to finish each stage are totalled to determine the overall winner for the race. The rider with the least elapsed time each day wears a yellow jersey. The course changes every year but it has always finished in Madrid.

The La Vuelta Espana 2012 route

The 67th edition of the La Vuelta Espana , in 2012 starts on Saturday August 18 with the final stage in Madrid on Sunday September 9, 2012.

La Vuelta will start in the north of Spain in Pamplona and Madrid, and will have 21 stages over some 3,300 kilometers.

Breakdown of stages:
11 flat stages,
8 stages of middle and high mountain,
1 team time-trial stage.
1 individual time trial stage,

The race features some big stars in the international peloton as: Alberto Contador, Chris Froome, Cobo, Joaquin Rodriguez, Denis Menchov, Damiano Cunego, Igor Anton, Robert Gesink, Thomas De Gent, Alejandro Valverde, Juanma Garate.

La Vuelta Espana 2012 route map
The stages of the 2012 La Vuelta Espana

The stages
Stage Type Date Start and Finish Distance
1 Teams time-trial Saturday 18 August Pamplona > Pamplona 16,5 km
2 Plain Sunday 19 August Pamplona > Viana 181,4 km
3 Mountains Monday 20 August Faustino V > Eibar (Arrate) 155,3 km
4 Mountains Tuesday 21 August Barakaldo > Estación de Valdezcaray 160,6 km
5 Plain Wednesday 22 August Logroño > Logroño 168,0 km
6 Plain Thursday 23 August Tarazona > Jaca 175,4 km
7 Plain Friday 24 August Huesca > Alcañiz. Motorland Aragón 164,2 km
8 Mountains Saturday 25 August Lleida > Andorra. Collada de la Gallina 174,7 km
9 Plain Sunday 26 August Andorra > Barcelona 196,3 km
Rest Day Monday 27 August
10 Plain Tuesday 28 August Ponteareas > Sanxenxo 190,0 km
11 Time-trial Wednesday 29 August Cambados > Pontevedra 39,4 km
12 Plain Thursday 30 August Vilagarcía de Arousa > Mirador de Ézaro 190,5 km
13 Plain Friday 31 August Santiago de Compostela > Ferrol 172,8 km
14 Mountains Saturday 1 September Palas de Rei > Puerto de Ancares 149,2 km
15 Mountains Sunday 2 September La Robla > Lagos de Covadonga 186,5 km
16 Mountains Monday 3 September Gijón > Valgrande-Pajares. Cuitu Negru 183,5 km
Rest Day Tuesday 4 September
17 Plain Wednesday – 5 September Santander > Fuente Dé 187,3 km
18 Plain Thursday 6 September Aguilar de Campoo > Valladolid 204,5 km
19 Plain Friday 7 September Peñafiel > La Lastrilla 178,4 km
20 Mountains Saturday 8 September La Faisanera Golf. > Bola del Mundo 170,7 km
21 Plain Sunday 9 September Cercedilla > Madrid 115,0 km

 

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