WHO will have the legs for the three-week long La Vuelta cycle road race in Spain just a few days after the Olympic Games finish in the summer?
The route and dates for the 2012 race have just been announced – it will start in Pamplona, in the Pyrenees, on 18 August and finish in Madrid on 9 September.
La Vuelta is Spain’s big road race, ranking alongside the Tour De France and Giro d’Italia as the ‘Grand Tours’ of Europe. It’s also part of the world rankings, and also comes just before the World Championships in October.
Running from Saturday, 18 August to Sunday, 9 September 2012, the 67th Vuelta a Espana will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,300 kilometres. These stages have the following profiles:
- 6 flat stages
- 13 mountain stages
- 1 team time-trial stage
- 1 individual time-trial stage
Distinctive aspects of the race
- 6 summit finishes
- 2 rest days
- 16 km team time-trial
- 40 km individual time-trial stage
- 37 mountain passes and hills
La Vuelta road race
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