In 2018, Simon Yates sealed victory in the Vuelta a España to complete a British clean sweep of this year’s grand tours. Victory for the 26-year-old from Bury rider followed success for Chris Froome at the Giro d’Italia and for Geraint Thomas at the Tour de France to complete an unforgettable year for British cycling.
Vuelta España 2019
The Gran Salida is in Las Salinas de Torrevieja, a Natural Park with pink-hued water lagoons in the south of the province of Alicantein is on Saturday August 24th. The route finishes in Madrid on Sunday September 15th 2019. The 74th edition of the Vuelta will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3272,2 kilometres. The route will take a detour into France and promises to be an explosive affair, with two time trials and eight uphill finishes. Kicking off with a team time trial, the first three stages will take place on the Costa Blanca in eastern Spain, before the peloton heads to Valencia, Teruel, Castellón, Tarragona and Barcelona.
- 4 hilly stages
- 9 mountain stages
- 1 individual time-trial stage
- 1 team time-trial stage
- 2 rest days
The general classification battle will kick off in the Andorran mountains, including the new ascent to Coll d’Engolasters. Crossing into France, the race then returns to the peninsula via Navarre, the Basque Country, Cantabria and Asturias where we will see some familiar peaks along with new additions, like Santuario del Acebo or Alto de la Cubilla. In the final week, the race moves to the central region, from Castile-La Mancha, Castile and Leòn, and Madrid. The final will take place in the Gredos and Guadarrama mountains, taking on mythical mountain passes like La Morcuera.
Vuelta 2019: week 1
The 1st stage is a team time trial on the flat in in Las Salinas de Torrevieja
Stage 2 runs from Benidorm to Calpe and stage 3 goes to Alicante. Albeit far from flat, these races are likely fast finishers showdowns, which definitely is the case in stage 4. This one will finish in El Puig, a town 15 kilometres north of Valencia.
Stage 5 is for the mountain goats as the riders face a tough summit finish on the Pico del Buitre. At 11.8 kilometres, the final climb leads to the Javalambre Observatory. The average gradient is hovering around 10% for most of the ascent.
The 6th stage runs on hilly terrain to a summit finish in Ares del Maestrat, while La Vuelta peps up its elevation profile in stage 7 with the short but ultra-trying finale on the slopes of the Alto Mas de la Costa. Just 3.8 kilometres long, but brutal. The average gradient is 9.9% and the steepest ramps are 21%.
Following another chance for sprinters or attackers in stage 8 the first week of action ends with the extremely demanding 9th stage in the mountains of Andorra. Cortals d’Encamp will serve as a finish at the end of a race of less than 100 kilometres. With the Ordino and Gallina climbs in the first part of the race, the final segment consists of three climbs in a row and 3.5 kilometres of dust road. The finale offers 22 kilometres of virtually continuous climbing.
Vuelta 2019: week 2
The Spanish Grand Tour is set to include an individual time trial in France after the first rest day. The 36.1 kilometres route runs from Jurançon to Pau. The town in the foothills of the Pyrenees also hosts an individual time trial in the coming Tour de France.
On the 4th of September the riders head back to Spain. The 11th stage starts in Saint-Palais to finish in Urdax (or Urdazubi), where Valerio Conti soloed to victory in 2016. A Bilbao finish is scheduled for stage 12.
After Bilbao and Urdazubi the route takes in a summit finish on the Los Machucos in the 13th stage. The Spanish are talking about ‘rampas inhumanas’ when referring to this climb, which is 7.3 kilometres and see-sawing between ramps of 26% and 10% descents.
Oviedo will be included in La Vuelta for the first time since 1987, while the 15th stage finishes atop the Alto del Acebo – 11 kilometres at 7.2% – and the 16th stage at the Alto de La Cubilla, which is a grinding 27 kilometres long ascent.
Vuelta 2019: week 3
The 17th stage runs from Aranda de Duero to a likely sprint finish in Guadalajara, just north of Madrid, while stage 18 will be played out in the Sierra de Guadarrama, a mountain range close to the Spanish capital, where Fabio Aru won the 2015 Vuelta at the expense of Tom Dumoulin. This stage features intermediate climbs up the Puerto Navacerrada, Puerto de la Morcuera (twice) and Puerto de Cotos.
Stage 19 travels from Ávila to Toledo and is tailor made for fast finishers and the penultimate stage runs on hilly terrain from Arenas de San Pedro to Plataforma de Gredos.
The last stage is for the sprinters. The race starts in Fuenlabrada and finishes on a circuit in Madrid.
|1||Sa 24-8||Salinas de Torrevieja – Torrevieja||18 km||TTT|
|2||Su 25-8||Benidorm – Calpe||193 km||hills|
|3||Mo 26-8||Ibi – Alicante||186 km||hills|
|4||Tu 27-8||Cullera – El Puig||177 km||flat|
|5||We 28-8||L’Eliana – Javalambre Observatory||165.6 km||summit finish|
|6||Th 29-8||Mora de Rubielos – Ares del Maestrat||196.6 km||summit finish|
|7||Fr 30-8||Onda – Mas de la Costa||182.4 km||summit finish|
|8||Sa 31-8||Valls – Igualada||168 km||flat|
|9||Su 1-9||Andorra la Vella – Cortals d’Encamp||96.6 km||mountains|
|Mo 2-9||Rest day|
|10||Tu 3-9||Jurançon – Pau||36.1 km||ITT|
|11||We 4-9||Saint Palais – Urdax||169 km||hills|
|12||Th 5-9||Navarra Circuit – Bilbao||175 km||flat|
|13||Fr 6-9||Bilbao – Los Machucos||167.3 km||mountains|
|14||Sa 7-9||San Vincente de la Barquera – Oviedo||189 km||flat|
|15||Su 8-9||Tineo – Santuario del Acebo||159 km||mountains|
|16||Mo 9-9||Pravia – Alto de la Cubilla||155 km||mountains|
|Tu 10-9||Rest day|
|17||We 11-9||Aranda de Duero – Guadalajara||199.7 km||flat|
|18||Th 12-9||Colmenar Viejo – Becerril de la Sierra||180.9 km||mountains|
|19||Fr 13-9||Ávila – Toledo||163.4 km||flat|
|20||Sa 14-9||Arenas de San Pedro – Plataforma de Gredos||189 km||mountains|
|21||Su 15-9||Fuenlabrada – Madrid||105.6 km||flat|