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Blog - Vuelta a España 2009

Everything about the Tour of Spain 2009

  • Added: wednesday 09 September 2009 at 23:29:00

    Tyler Farrar wins the 11th stage of the Tour of Spain, Alejandro Valverde still in gold

    Tyler Farrar wins the 11th stage of the Tour of Spain, Alejandro Valverde still in goldIn presence of Miguel Indurain the riders started this morning from Murcia for a 200 kilometer stage towards Caravaca de la Cruz. On their way to the finish line they had to climb a first category mountain around kilometer 50, the Alto Collado Bernejo, and a second category mountain at about 50 kilometers from the finish, the Alto Campo de San Juan.

    David de la Fuente (Fuji-Servetto) took over the jersey for the best climber from David Moncoutié (Cofidis) yesterday, so a battle for this jersey was planned during this stage. One rider didn't start today: after the abandon of his younger brother a few days ago it was now up to Frank Schleck (Saxo Bank) to abandon.

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  • Added: monday 07 September 2009 at 22:52:00

    Gustavo Veloso wins the 9th stage of the Vuelta, Alejandro Valverde brings the golden jersey home!

    Gustavo Veloso wins the 9th stage of the Vuelta, Alejandro Valverde brings the golden jersey home!This second mountain stage almost seemed to become a carbon copy of yesterday's stage ... except that today one of the riders of the leading group, Gustavo Veloso (Xacobeo Galicia), continued till the end for the stage win and that it was not Damiano Cunego but Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) who started the pursuit in the last few kilometers. Thanks to his third place in this stage he takes over the golden leader's jersery which he gets to wear tomorrow during the stage in Murcia ... close to his home!

    The 9th stage of the Vuelta a España 2009 was again a difficult mountain stage. After yesterday's stage the riders didn't get must rest because today's stage again proposed 7 mountains to climb: right from the start they started the climb to the top of the Alto de Onil, a third category mountain (altitude: 1000 m) which had never been part of a Vuelta stage before. After a long descent they continued with the climb of the Alto de Tibi, s ...

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  • Added: sunday 06 September 2009 at 17:55:00

    Damiano Cunego (Lampre-NGC) wins the first mountain stage in the Vuelta 2009

    Damiano Cunego (Lampre-NGC) wins the first mountain stage in the Vuelta 2009Pieter Weening (Rabobank) told it several times the last few days: he was eager to get into the mountains. They finally arrived today with no less than 8 climbs and the Dutch rider showed that he was indeed waiting for it! Indeed, he was part of the leading group of the day. Finally it's Damiano Cunego (Lampre-NGC) who wins this mountain stage.

    The description of the stage

    Right from the start several riders try to get away in small groups, but we had to wait until the 37th kilometer to get the leading group of the day. It's formed by 6 riders: the French Sébastien Hinault (AG2R La Mondiale), David Moncoutié (Cofidis) and William Bonnet (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), the Dutch Pieter Weening (Rabobank) and Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team) and the German Paul Voss (Milram).

    15 kilometers further, in the climb of the Alto de Beniarrès (3rd category), the 6 riders already created a gap of 7'44". At the top Pie ...

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  • Added: saturday 05 September 2009 at 17:47:00

    Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) also wins the second time trial in the Vuelta 2009 and takes back the golden jersey!

    Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) also wins the second time trial in the Vuelta 2009 and takes back the golden jersey!When I said a few days ago that the days look alike in this Vuelta 2009, I didn't expect this to be the case as well for today's stage. However, in this second stage in the form of an individual time trial the weather conditions were as bad as in the first stage: it was raining all day long close to Valencia and there was quite a lot of wind as well. The rain did however, in contrast to the first stage, won by Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) in Assen in The Netherlands, not give an advantage to some riders since all riders did their time trial in the same bad weather conditions; however the wind might have played a more important role.

    In this solo effort, Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) was again the best rider today on the 30 kilometers around Valencia, beating David Millar with 32 seconds.


    After a first best time for the Dutch rider Lars Boom (Rabobank), it was up to the French rider Christophe ...

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  • Added: friday 04 September 2009 at 23:57:00

    Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) wins the 6th stage of the Tour of Spain (Vuelta)

    Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil) wins the 6th stage of the Tour of Spain (Vuelta)The sixth stage of the Tour of Spain was 176,8 kilometers long and connected Xàtiva to ... Xàtiva. Indeed, both the start and the finish were in the same city!
    This stage ended up in a final sprint which was quite easily won by the Slovenian rider Borut Bozic (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team).

    The sixth stage: Xàtiva > Xàtiva

    After having won the first stage of the Tour of Poland and the first stage of the Tour du Limousin, he ended second in Venlo in The Netherlands, but today the sixth stage of the Vuelta was for the Slovenian sprinter.

    The resume of the stage is quite common with:
    > a long lasting escape with 4 riders - Bingen Fernandez (photo, Cofidis), José Antonio Lopez Gil (Andalucia Cajasur), Matheus Pronk (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team) and Aitor Perez Arrieta (Contentpolis-Ampo) - from the 8th until the 153rd kilometer and with the fact that the maximum gap was 6'44"
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  • Added: thursday 03 September 2009 at 23:09:00

    Tour of Spain 2009 : André Greipel (Columbia HTC) wins again and takes the leader's jersey

    Tour of Spain 2009 : André Greipel (Columbia HTC) wins again and takes the leader's jerseyIn my article about the riders who participate in the Tour of Spain and their numbers I said that Columbia HTC without Mark Cavendish would probably not be able to get the 6 stage wins the team got in the Tour of Italy and the Tour de France.
    I also said that the team could however count on another sprint professional with the German rider André Greipel. Today this rider proved that his team took the right decision by selecting him for the Vuelta since he won his second stage in this year's Vuelta today and also took the golden leader's jersey!


    The first stage win for André Greipel in this Tour of Spain was not really the result of a massive sprint but the German rider showed today that in the case of a massive sprint he can also win stages just like his team mate Mark Cavendish.

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  • Added: tuesday 01 September 2009 at 23:01:00

    The Vuelta a España leaves The Netherlands after the stage victories of Greg Henderson and André Greipel (Columbia HTC), Fabian Cancellara still in gold

    The Vuelta a Espa&ntildea leaves The Netherlands after the stage victories of Greg Henderson and André Greipel (Columbia HTC), Fabian Cancellara  still in goldThe days pass in the Vuelta and the days look alike ...

    Indeed, both yesterday and today there was a leading group with the Dutch rider Lars Boom (Rabobank) and both stages would normally have finished in a massive sprint. A short summary of these two stages ...

    Third stage: Zutphen > Venlo (189,7 km)

    2 kilometers after the start from Zutphen the leading group of the day was formed by Lars Boom (Rabobank), Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team) and Jesus Rosendo Prado (Andalucia Cajasur).
    The peloton is not really in a hurry and the 3 riders can thus easily create a gap of up to 9'35" after 36 kilometers. Many spectators are watching the race and they're quite happy to see that 2 of the 3 riders in the leading group are Dutch: especially at the second visit of Zutphen the group gets many support from the spectators.
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  • Added: sunday 30 August 2009 at 17:45:00

    Gerald Ciolek (Milram) wins the sprint for the second stage of the Vuelta a España 2009

    Gerald Ciolek (Milram) wins the sprint for the second stage of the Vuelta a Espa&ntildea 2009Today the second stage of the Tour of Spain took place on the Dutch roads between Assen and Emmen over a total distance of 203,7 kilometers.
    Immediately in the first kilometer 5 riders escaped from the peloton: Francisco José Martinez Perez (Andalucia Cajasur), David Garcia Da Peña (Xacobeo Galicia), Tom Leezer (Rabobank), Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team) and Dominik Roels (Milram). These riders managed to get a maximum gap of 7 minutes but at about 40 kilometers from the finish this gap was reduced to only 2 minutes.

    At 28 kilometers from the finish the riders had to pass a paved zone of about one and an halve kilometers and in that zone Francisco José Martinez Perez could not follow the 4 others who at that time had a gap of only 30 seconds on the peloton.

    A few kilometers further the Dutch rider Lieuwe Westra attacked alone, probably to honour his father who he lost a few days before the star ...

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  • Added: saturday 29 August 2009 at 19:29:00

    Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) wins the initial time trial in the Vuelta 2009

    Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) wins the initial time trial in the Vuelta 2009Without any real surprises ... the Swiss time trial specialist today won the extremely short first stage of the 64th Tour of Spain.

    Since the Vuelta doesn't seem to know the UCI rules it was - despite the short distance of only 4,8 kilometers on the motor circuit TT Assen in The Netherlands - not a prologue but a first stage.

    Spartacus beats everyone else!

    Everyone expected it, the short route of this time trial seemed to have been made for him: Spartacus beat everybody by taking no less than 9 seconds on the number two, Tom Boonen (Quick Step).

    Together with Tyler Farrar (Garmin Slipstream), Tom Boonen thus proved this stage was not only made for time trial specialists but also for sprinters.

    After the finish, the winner Fabian Cancellara, who also won the opening time trial of the Tour de France 2009 in Monaco, told: before the start I wouldn't have bet on me since I didn't know my condition. I gave everything I had in this short prologue an ...

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  • Added: friday 28 August 2009 at 23:28:00

    The list of participating riders in the Vuelta (Tour of Spain) 2009 and their numbers

    The list of participating riders in the Vuelta (Tour of Spain) 2009 and their numbersTomorrow the 64th Vuelta a España will start in Assen in The Netherlands. The riders start with a 4,5 km prologue on the motor circuit TT Assen and with 3 stages in The Netherlands and Belgium (click here to see the full route of the Vuelta 2009).

    Tonight the different teams have been presented: 198 riders will be at the start for 22 different teams. In this article you can discover who are those riders, which numbers they have and what their ambitions are for this Tour of Spain 2009 !


    The first rider will start at 3.30PM while the last rider will leave the start ramp at 6.38PM.

    Since last year's winner, Alberto Contador, won't participate this year, Samuel Sanchez got the number 1 since he's the Olympic champion. ...

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