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Vuelta a España 2017 a middle size preview
« on: August 12, 2017, 13:47 »

The route

Running from Saturday August 19th to Sunday September 10th 2017, the Vuelta will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,324.1 kilometres.

5 flat stages and 1 flat with high-altitude finales stage
8 hill stages
5 mountain stages
1 individual time trial stage
1 team time trial stage

Distinctive aspects of the race

13.7 km team time trial
40.2 km individual time trial
50 summits
2 rest days
NOT JUST SPAIN
The 72nd edition of the Vuelta will depart, for the third time in its history, from another country. The tour will take off from the French city of Nîmes, and two stages will take place entirely on Gaul territory. We will also ride through Andorra, which will host a finale and a departure.

BONUSES
The race continues to have the same bonus points system that awards 10, 6 and 4 seconds to the first three riders in each stage, respectively, and 3, 2 and 1 seconds to the first three riders to complete each intermediate sprint.

POINTS
In the Vuelta, not only the general classification is at stake, riders also fight to be first in the points classification, or to become King of the Mountain in each edition. Points are obtained through the following system: 25 points are given to the stage winner, 20 to the rider that takes second place, 16 to the rider that comes third, 14 to 4th place, 12 to 5th place and then from 10 to 1 point between 6th and 15th place, respectively. Intermediate sprints award 4, 2 and 1 points to the first three riders to complete each one.

14 new start cities

Nîmes (start of Stage 1)
Prades Conflent Canigó (start of Stage 3
Vila-real (start of Stage 6)
Llíria (start of Stage 7)
Orihuela. Ciudad del Poeta Miguel Hernández (start of Stage 9)
Motril (start of Stage 12)
Coín (start of Stage 13)
Alcalá la Real (start of Stage 15)
Circuito de Navarra (start of Stage 16)
Villadiego (start of Stage 17)
Suances (start of Stage 18)
Caso. Parque Natural de Redes (start of Stage 19)
Corvera de Asturias (start of Stage 20)
Arroyomolinos (start of Stage 21)

8 new finish cities

Nîmes (finish of Stage 1)
Gruissan. Grand Narbonne. Aude (finish of Stage 2)
Alcossebre (finish of Stage 5)
ElPozo Alimentación (finish of Stage 10)
Antequera. Los Dólmenes (finish of Stage 12)
Tomares (finish of Stage 13)
Los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega (finish of Stage 17)
Santo Toribio de Liébana (finish of Stage 18)


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Contador to contest his last race with bib number 1

The triple winner of La Vuelta Alberto Contador will take the start of his last race on August 19 in Nîmes. As homage to his brilliant career, he's been assigned the race bib number 1 by the organization.

Alberto Contador announced on Monday that La Vuelta 2017 will be the last race of his career. It'll be his fifth participation to an event he won three times (2008, 2012 and 2014) and finished fourth last year (behind Nairo Quintana, Chris Froome and Esteban Chaves). He never tackled it as defending champion in the past, so for the first – and last – time, he'll be identified by the bib number 1 as the organization decided to put his team Trek-Segafredo on top of the start list.

 
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    STAGE TYPE DATE START AND FINISH DISTANCE
    1 #ttSaturday August 19th   Nîmes / Nîmes   13.7 km   
    2 #flatSunday August 20th   Nîmes / Gruissan. Grand Narbonne. Aude   203.4 km   
    3 #mountainMonday August 21st   Prades Conflent Canigó / Andorra la Vella   158.5 km   
    4 #flatTuesday August 22nd   Escaldes-Engordany / Tarragona. Anella Mediterránea 2018   198.2 km   
    5 #medWednesday August 23rd   Benicàssim / Alcossebre   175.7 km   
    6 #medThursday August 24th   Vila-real / Sagunt   204.4 km   
    7 #medFriday August 25th   Llíria / Cuenca. Ciudad Patrimonio de la Humanidad   207 km   
    8 #medSaturday August 26th   Hellín / Xorret de Catí. Costa Blanca Interior   199.5 km   
    9 #flatSunday August 27th   Orihuela. Ciudad del Poeta Miguel Hernández / Cumbre del Sol. El Poble Nou de Benitatxell   174 km   
    :zzz2 Rest day   Monday August 28th   Provincia de Alicante      
    10 #flatTuesday August 29th   Caravaca Año Jubilar 2017 / ElPozo Alimentación   164.8 km   
    11 #medWednesday August 30th   Lorca / Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto   187.5 km   
    12 #medThursday August 31st   Motril / Antequera. Los Dólmenes   160.1 km   
    13 #flatFriday September 1st   Coín / Tomares   198.4 km   
    14 #mountainSaturday September 2nd   Écija / Sierra de La Pandera   175 km   
    15 #mountainSunday September 3rd   Alcalá la Real / Sierra Nevada. Alto Hoya de la Mora. Monachil   129.4 km   
    :zzz2   Rest day   Monday September 4th   Logroño      
    16 #ttTuesday September 5th   Circuito de Navarra / Logroño   40.2 km   
    17 #mountainWednesday September 6th   Villadiego / Los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega   180.5 km   
    18 #medThursday September 7th   Suances / Santo Toribio de Liébana   169 km   
    19 #medFriday September 8th   Caso. Parque Natural de Redes / Gijón   149.7 km   
    20 #mountainSaturday September 9th   Corvera de Asturias / Alto de l'Angliru   117.5 km   
    21 #flatSunday September 10th   Arroyomolinos / Madrid   117.6 km
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    1, #tt,Saturday August 19th,   Nîmes / Nîmes,   13.7 km,   

    Fernando Escartín commentaryTTT. The Nîmes time trial will be very technical: the teams will have to ride through the streets in the old  part of the city, right through the heart of historical buildings. The key will lie in being completely in sync from the very beginning, maintaining a very high speed and making sure that each and every rider does his job well in each section of the stage.





    Km 7.3 - Alto de Nîmes.category 3




    2, #flat,Sunday August 20th,   Nîmes / Gruissan. Grand Narbonne. Aude,   203.4 km,   

    Flat. This stage will be one of the few in this year's Vuelta to end with a sprint to the finish-line. The stage will take place entirely in France, with all the obstacles that this implies: lots of roundabouts and central isles, all of which will force the peloton to ride in a straight line. Special attention must be paid to the crosswind and the echelons found along the coastline.








    3, #mountain,Monday August 21st,   Prades Conflent Canigó / Andorra la Vella,   158.5 km,   


    Mountain. The peloton will ride comfortably up until Andorra, where a first natural selection process will take place. The climb to La Comella, short yet explosive, will take care of the rest. It will be complicated to organise a breakaway but we do not write off the possibility of attacks in the very last kilometre. If one of the strong riders shows any signs of weakness, this could complicate his Vuelta.





    Km 127.0 - Col de la Perche19.5 kilometre-long climb at 4.8% - category 1
    Km 31.0 - Coll de la Rabassa.13.3 kilometre-long climb at 6.8% - category 1
    Km 7.1 - Alto de la Comella4.3 kilometre-long climb at 8.6% - category 2







    4, #flat,Tuesday August 22nd,   Escaldes-Engordany / Tarragona. Anella Mediterránea 2018,   198.2 km,

    Flat. This will be the second sprint to the finish-line, another of the few opportunities for sprinters in the 2017 Vuelta. We may have a few breakaways at the beginning, but the sprinter teams will be able to control them and head down to Tarragona in order to win the stage.





    Km 132.0 - Alto de Belltall.13 kilometre-long climb at 2.8% - category 3



       
    5, #med,Wednesday August 23rd,   Benicàssim / Alcossebre,   175.7 km,

    Mid-moutain, with an uphill finale. The terrain will be a “leg-breaker” from the beginning. The climbs will not be excessively difficult, but they will wear down the peloton so that the first uphill finish at the Ermita de Santa Lucía, will be a spectacular one. It will be a battle to the end and the 2nd category climb at Serratella will be a decisive one, though differences among the strongest riders will be minimal.





    Km 23.8 - Alto del Desierto de las Palmas7.8 kilometre-long climb at 4.8% - category 2
    Km 55.3 - Alto de Cabanes7.3 kilometre-long climb at 4.4% - category 3
    Km 87.6 - Coll de la Bandereta4.6 kilometre-long climb at 7.6% - category 2
    Km 125.2 - Alto de la Serratella13.2 kilometre-long climb at 3.7% - category 2
    Km 157.7 - Ermita Sta. Lucía. Alcossebre.3.4 kilometre-long climb at 4.2% - category 3



       
    6, #med,Thursday August 24th,   Vila-real / Sagunt,   204.4 km,

    Mid-mountain. Favourable stage for breakaways. The 2nd category Garbí climb may lead to the formation of a group that will fight for victory, but this will all depend on how good the breakaway is. By this point, there will already be around 15 riders who stand out in the general classification and we will know who has a real chance of winning La Vuelta.





    Km 48.0 - Alto de Alcudia de Veo.11 kilometre-long climb at 3.4% - category 3
    Km 59.8 - Puerto de Eslida5.3 kilometre-long climb at 5.1% - category 3
    Km 96.6 - Alto de Chirivilla7.9 kilometre-long climb at 4.1% - category 3
    Km 142.8 - Puerto del Oronet6.4 kilometre-long climb at 4% - category 3
    Km 168.0 - Puerto del Garbí9.3 kilometre-long climb at 5.1% - category 2

       

    7, #med,Friday August 25th,   Llíria / Cuenca. Ciudad Patrimonio de la Humanidad,   207 km,

    Mid-mountain. The longest stage of La Vuelta (205,2 kilometres), with a “leg-breaker” route all the way up to Cuenca. The climb up to the castle, with its characteristic stone pavement, will break up the peloton in order to make the most of the road's smooth sections. The peloton will arrive all spread out and the finale promises to be an exciting one.





    Km 51.0 - Puerto La Montalbana8 kilometre-long climb at 4.3% - category 3
    Km 88.7 - Alto de Sta. Cruz de Moya.8.7 kilometre-long climb at 4% - category 3
    Km 195.3 - Alto del Castillo2 kilometre-long climb at 7.2% - category 3


       
    8, #med,Saturday August 26th,   Hellín / Xorret de Catí. Costa Blanca Interior,   199.5 km,

    Mid-mountain, with an uphill finale. Stage with a classic Vuelta finale and a new test for the leaders. The last climb, with slopes of inclinations over 20%, will not make much of a difference to the general classification, but it will add up to the times already obtained in Andorra and in the Ermita de Santa Lucía.





    Km 111.1 - Puerto de Biar.6.1 kilometre-long climb at 3.4% - category 3
    Km 127.5 - Puerto de Onil7 kilometre-long climb at 3.8% - category 3
    Km 196.6 - Alto Xorret de Catí5 kilometre-long climb at 9% - category 1




       
    9, #flat,Sunday August 27th,   Orihuela. Ciudad del Poeta Miguel Hernández / Cumbre del Sol. El Poble Nou de Benitatxell,   174 km,

    Flat, with an uphill finale. The Levante coast will be the star and will accompany the peloton throughout the entire route. The departure will be a fast one and a breakaway is very likely. But the day may result in teams fighting for a stage victory and not for the general classification.   





    Km 132.1 - Alto de Puig Llorença3.2 kilometre-long climb at 9.2% - category 2
    Km 174.0 - Alto de Puig Llorença.. Cumbre del Sol. El Poble Nou de Benitatxell.4 kilometre-long climb at 9.1% - category 1





    , :zzz2, Rest day,   Monday August 28th,   Provincia de Alicante,

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    10, #flat,Tuesday August 29th,   Caravaca Año Jubilar 2017 / ElPozo Alimentación,   164.8 km,   

    Flat. Transition stage that will end with a climb up the Collado Bermejo. Favourable for breakaways, although the last climb may see a large group fighting for victory. That same mountain pass will result in the sprinters being less active





    Km 130.7 - Alto del Morrón de Totana.5.7 kilometre-long climb at 5.7% - category 3
    Km 143.0 - Collado Bermejo.7.7 kilometre-long climb at 6.5% - category 1






    11, #med,Wednesday August 30th,   Lorca / Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto,   187.5 km

    Mid-mountain, with an uphill finale. A day with a 3,434-metre slope that can result in significant differences to the general classification and begin to hint at a possible winner. The final mountain pass is a long one, but not excessively difficult, and it will require consistency in order to conquer Velefique and Calar Alto, two back-to-back 1st category climbs.   





    Km 157.2 - Alto de Velefique13.2 kilometre-long climb at 8.6% - category 1
    Km 187.5 - Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto.15.5 kilometre-long climb at 5.9% - category 1








    12, #med,Thursday August 31st,   Motril / Antequera. Los Dólmenes,   160.1 km,   

    Mid-mountain. Consolidated differences in the general classification will favour a breakaway. The ascent of the Puerto del León (a 1st category climb) and the Puerto del Torcal (2nd category - 17 km from the finish-line -), will wear the riders down. There shouldn't be any surprises, despite a total of 2,300 metres of slopes in this stage.





    Km 101.4 - Puerto del León17.4 kilometre-long climb at 4.9% - category 1
    Km 142.6 - Puerto del Torcal7.6 kilometre-long climb at 7% - category 2






    13, #flat,Friday September 1st,   Coín / Tomares,   198.4 km,   

    Flat. New day for sprinters, and one of their final opportunities in this year's Vuelta. Their teams will be keeping everything in control so that there are no complications. The arrival in warm Seville after two weeks of competing will allow us to assess how tired everyone's legs are.





    Km 27.2 - Alto de Ardales7.2 kilometre-long climb at 4.3% - category 3



    14, #mountain,Saturday September 2nd,   Écija / Sierra de La Pandera,   175 km,

    Mountain. The heat will accompany the peloton during a “leg-breaker” stage with a final climb up La Pandera (HC). The accumulated exhaustion and high temperatures will hinder a stage that could be favourable for a breakaway win, depending on everyone's interests regarding the general classification   





    Km 85.5 - Puerto El Mojón8.8 kilometre-long climb at 3.7% - category 3
    Km 153.1 - Alto Valdepeñas de Jaén8.5 kilometre-long climb at 4.8% - category 2
    Km 175.0 - Sierra de la Pandera12 kilometre-long climb at 7.3% - category H





    15, #mountain,Sunday September 3rd,   Alcalá la Real / Sierra Nevada. Alto Hoya de la Mora. Monachil,   129.4 km


    Mountain. Short stage with the main events including a climb up Hazallanas, Monachil and the arrival at Sierra Nevada (2,490 metres above sea-level), making a total of 3,172 metres of slopes. The riders will be traveling at high speed from the beginning and one of the leaders may be in for a tough day. All of them will be thinking about what happened in 2016 between Sabiñánigo and Formigal.





    Km 74.0 - Alto de Hazallanas16.3 kilometre-long climb at 5.5% - category 1
    Km 109.5 - Alto del Purche.8.5 kilometre-long climb at 8% - category 1
    Km 129.4 - Sierra Nevada. Alto Hoya de la Mora. Monachil.19.3 kilometre-long climb at 5.6% - category H









       
    , :zzz2,   Rest day,   Monday September 4th,   Logroño,

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    16, #tt,Tuesday September 5th,   Circuito de Navarra / Logroño,   40.2 km,

    ITT. 42-kilometre long flat individual time trial, among vineyards and wineries. A route for true specialists that will make big differences to the general classification. The stage is also twice as dangerous as it is being held straight after a rest day.   






    17, #mountain,Wednesday September 6th,   Villadiego / Los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega,   180.5 km,

    Mountain. Castille will bid farewell to the peloton with a simple start to the stage, followed by almost 3,000 metres of slopes. The spectacular descent from La Lunada, that will lead straight onto the Alisas mountain pass, and the final climb up the infernal Los Machucos slopes will really test the peloton's strength.   





    Km 107.3 - Portillo de Lunada.8.3 kilometre-long climb at 5.7% - category 2
    Km 162.6 - Puerto de Alisas10 kilometre-long climb at 6% - category 1
    Km 180.5 - Alto de los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega.7.2 kilometre-long climb at 8.7% - category H








    18, #med,Thursday September 7th,   Suances / Santo Toribio de Liébana,   169 km,

       





    Km 109.5 - Collada de Carmona.4.8 kilometre-long climb at 7.2% - category 3
    Km 126.0 - Collada de Ozalba6 kilometre-long climb at 6.6% - category 3
    Km 139.7 - Collada de la Hoz7 kilometre-long climb at 6% - category 2
    Km 169.0 - Alto de Santo Toribio de Liébana3.2 kilometre-long climb at 6.4% - category 3



    19, #med,Friday September 8th,   Caso. Parque Natural de Redes / Gijón,   149.7 km,

    Mid-mountain. The San Martín mountain pass will await the peloton 16.6 kilometres from the finish-line. A short ascent with very tough slopes that will result in important differences to the general classification. If the leaders lose their concentration, even for a second, we could see some surprises.





    Km 29.0 - Alto de la Colladona7 kilometre-long climb at 6.8% - category 1
    Km 64.8 - Alto de Sto. Emiliano6.8 kilometre-long climb at 4.5% - category 3
    Km 134.5 - Alto de la Falla de Los Lobos. La Casilla. AS-2514.3 kilometre-long climb at 8.2% - category 3
    Km 79.5 - Alto de San Martín de Huerces4.5 kilometre-long climb at 7.2% - category 3





       
    20, #mountain,Saturday September 9th,   Corvera de Asturias / Alto de l'Angliru,   117.5 km

    Mountain. Short stage (119.2 kilometres), but very tough. La Vuelta winner may be determined at the Alto de l'Angliru, as was the case in 2011 between Chris Froome and Juanjo Cobo. It is the last stage and the riders will give it their all, so we are in for a good show





    Km 79.5 - Alto de la Cobertoria.8.1 kilometre-long climb at 8.6% - category 1
    Km 96.4 - Alto del Cordal.5.7 kilometre-long climb at 8.6% - category 1
    Km 117.5 - Alto de L'Angliru12.5 kilometre-long climb at 9.8% - category H








       
    21, #flat,Sunday September 10th,   Arroyomolinos / Madrid,   117.6 km   

    Flat. As is normally the case, the last day will serve to crown and receive the Vuelta winner in the Spanish capital. The three weeks of hard work, sacrifice and suffering will be rewarded with a stage that will take the peloton through the heart of Madrid in order to bring the 72nd edition of the Vuelta to a close.








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