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La Vuelta 2013

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Yesterday the Vuelta 2013 was presented in Vigo by former rider Pedro Delgado. Marc Sergeant and Mario Aerts flew over from training camp. Of course a lot of Spanish riders were there as well, like last year’s podium: Alberto Contador, runner-up Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodríguez. The 68th edition of this Spanish stage race will start on Saturday the 24th of August in Galicia and will finish on September 15, one week before the world championships will start in Florence. Just like last year a team time trial will open the race. It’s 27 kilometers long and will bring the riders from Vilanova de Arousa to Sanxenxo. Lotto Belisol, sixth in that stage last year, will make a goal of it again.

In week one there is already a considerable amount of climbing to do. While the Vuelta 2012 was focused in the north, the organization has now chosen to visit the south. With for example the stage from Jerez de la Frontera to Estepona where the Alto de Peñas Blancas is on the menu. Eleven stages of this Vuelta will arrive uphill. The second week there is a finish in Peyragudes in the French Pyrenees, which we know from the previous Tour. The riders will also have to climb the feared Angliru on the penultimate day. There is only one individual time trial, the eleventh stage, and this is 38 kilometers long. The final stage will lead the riders traditionally through the streets of Madrid.