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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
StageTypeDateStart and FinishDistance
1Teams time-trialSaturday 18 AugustPamplona > Pamplona16,5 km
2PlainSunday 19 AugustPamplona > Viana181,4 km
3MountainsMonday 20 AugustFaustino V > Eibar (Arrate)155,3 km
4MountainsTuesday 21 AugustBarakaldo > Estación de Valdezcaray160,6 km
5PlainWednesday 22 AugustLogroño > Logroño168,0 km
6PlainThursday 23 AugustTarazona > Jaca175,4 km
7PlainFriday 24 AugustHuesca > Alcañiz. Motorland Aragón164,2 km
8MountainsSaturday 25 AugustLleida > Andorra. Collada de la Gallina174,7 km
9PlainSunday 26 AugustAndorra > Barcelona196,3 km
Rest DayMonday 27 August
10PlainTuesday 28 AugustPonteareas > Sanxenxo190,0 km
11Time-trialWednesday 29 AugustCambados > Pontevedra39,4 km
12PlainThursday 30 AugustVilagarcía de Arousa > Mirador de Ézaro190,5 km
13PlainFriday 31 AugustSantiago de Compostela > Ferrol172,8 km
14MountainsSaturday 1 SeptemberPalas de Rei > Puerto de Ancares149,2 km
15MountainsSunday 2 SeptemberLa Robla > Lagos de Covadonga186,5 km
16MountainsMonday 3 SeptemberGijón > Valgrande-Pajares. Cuitu Negru183,5 km
Rest DayTuesday 4 September
17PlainWednesday – 5 SeptemberSantander > Fuente Dé187,3 km
18PlainThursday 6 SeptemberAguilar de Campoo > Valladolid204,5 km
19PlainFriday 7 SeptemberPeñafiel > La Lastrilla178,4 km
20MountainsSaturday 8 SeptemberLa Faisanera Golf. > Bola del Mundo170,7 km
21PlainSunday 9 SeptemberCercedilla > Madrid115,0 km