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    2009 Vuelta a España

    August 29 to September 20, 2009.

    The last Grand Tour of the year.

    1 - Assen - Assen (ITT - 4,5 km)
    2 - Assen - Emmen (202 km)
    3 - Zutphen - Venlo (185 km)
    4 - Venlo - Lieja (224 km)
    5 - Tarragona - Vinaroz (174 km)
    6 - Xativa - Xativa (186 km)
    7 - Valencia - Valencia (ITT - 30 km)
    8 - Alzira - Alto de Aitana (206 km)
    9 - Alcoi - Xorret de Cati (186 km)
    10 - Alicante - Murcia (162 km)
    11 - Murcia - Caravaca de la Cruz (191 km)
    12 - Almeria - Alto de Velefique (174 km)
    13 - Berja - Alto de Sierra Nevada (175 km)
    14 - Granada - La Pandera (157 km)
    15 - Jaén - Córdoba (168 km)
    16 - Córdoba - Puertollano (170 km)
    17 - Ciudad Real - Talavera de la Reina (175 km)
    18 - Talavera de la Reina - Avila (187 km)
    19 - Avila - La Granja. Real Fábrica de Cristales (174 km)
    20 - Toledo - Toledo (ITT - 26 km)
    21 - Rivas - Madrid (110 km)

    Taking the peloton from the Netherlands to Spain by way of Belgium!

    But is there Angliru again?

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    no angliru this year as the race is skipping all of northern spain, including the pyrenees.
    they are using two well-known mountaintop finishes in the se corner-the pandera &
    sierra nevada.

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    anybody know if there will be TV coverage of this in the US?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Farby View Post
    anybody know if there will be TV coverage of this in the US?
    Probably the same shameful coverage as last year, 1 hour on VS a while after the event.

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    i think universal sports may be our only hope. they seem to be an up & coming player
    with olympic sports and did a nice job with the giro-albeit at the last minute. they've
    got the uci road world championship and a lonesome (so far) day dedicated to the tour of
    misouri. if they're gonna cover the tour of missouri, i gotta believe they'll cover the vuelta
    in some fashion. couldn't be worse than versus distilling 3 weeks of racing into 1-2 hours-
    could it? gotta think that the vuelta would pull in more viewers than diving or equestrian
    events...

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    plus universal sports has a hotties photos (equal opportunity) link at the top
    of their home page. may be just the thing to console yourself if the tv coverage
    is lacking

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    Quote Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
    i think universal sports may be our only hope. they seem to be an up & coming player
    with olympic sports and did a nice job with the giro-albeit at the last minute. they've
    got the uci road world championship and a lonesome (so far) day dedicated to the tour of
    misouri. if they're gonna cover the tour of missouri, i gotta believe they'll cover the vuelta
    in some fashion. couldn't be worse than versus distilling 3 weeks of racing into 1-2 hours-
    could it? gotta think that the vuelta would pull in more viewers than diving or equestrian
    events...
    Yeah, I'm hoping Universal comes through. They did a good job with the Giro. And even showed some re-air of it.
    Everyone has a right to an opinion. However, this does not mean that one's opinion is right.

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    The best coverage of La Vuelta can be found in US thru TVE Internacional. Thats Television Espanola Internacional. FIOS and many cable providers have it. On the weekends full stages, during the week about the last 3 hours of the stages. The coverage is awesome and the commentators are really knowledgeable a very positive change compared to VRS commentators. The only problem is for those that do not speak Spanish... no subtitles..

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    cool, something to remember come vuelta time if versus/universal haven't come through.
    thanx for the tip Miguelangel!

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    I very curious to see what happens with Contador. It would seem like there would be a lot of pressure on him to ride in the home tour. But this Astana situation throws everything up in the air. But if you take Lance out of the picture, they might be fine. It would be hard to believe that the team is done for the season. Hard to say.
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    Universal are not showing the Vuelta in their cycling schedule.

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    the giro wasn't on their schedule either until the last minute when they decided
    to blow out some other sports with even worse tv (united states) coverage than
    cycling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrionKhan View Post
    I very curious to see what happens with Contador. It would seem like there would be a lot of pressure on him to ride in the home tour. But this Astana situation throws everything up in the air. But if you take Lance out of the picture, they might be fine. It would be hard to believe that the team is done for the season. Hard to say.
    will be interesting to see whom is chosen for the astana vuelta team. will leipheimer want/volunteer
    to ride it given his success last year? contador is a yes. jesus hernandez & paulinho are probably a yes.
    would love to see both horner and kloden kick some assets in the mountains and be given the freedom
    for some breakaways.

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    From Velonews:

    None of last year’s top three are expected to be back, but the 2009 Vuelta a España will see a strong field for the season’s final grand tour. Last year’s winner Alberto Contador – still celebrating his Tour de France victory – has confirmed he will not defend his Vuelta title.
    Runner-up Levi Leipheimer, recovering from his crash at the Tour, and third-place Carlos Sastre, exhausted after racing four consecutive grand tours, are both steering clear of the Spanish tour.
    That leaves a huge vacuum that several top names will be jostling to fill.
    Several major stars have already confirmed they will be at the start-line August 29 in Holland, assuring a heated battle for the GC and in the sprints for the 64th running of the Spanish tour.
    Among the top GC contenders expected to race the Vuelta include Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank), Ivan Basso (Liquigas), Alejandro Valverde and Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d’Epargne), Samuel Sánchez and Igor Anton (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Chris Horner (Astana) Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto), Tom Danielson and Daniel Martin (Garmin-Slipstream) and Robert Gesink (Rabobank).
    And, if rumors are true, Alexander Vinokourov (Astana), who could be back to grand tour racing after serving his two-year racing ban for blood transfusions during the 2007 Tour.
    Sprinters and head-bangers heading to Spain include reigning world champion Alessandro Ballan and Damiano Cunego (Lampre), Svein Tuft (Garmin-Slipstream), Daniele Bennati (Liquigas), Tom Boonen (Quick Step), Oscar Freire (Rabobank), André Greipel (Columbia-HTC), Fabian Cancellara, JJ Haedo and Jacob Fugslang (Saxo Bank) and Robert Forster (Milram).
    Start lists among the 21 starting teams will continue firm up in the coming weeks as sport directors take stock of who’s up for the task, especially among riders who’ve recently completed the Tour.

    The Vuelta is often used as a high-speed training camp for riders looking ahead to success in the world championships and Giro di Lombardia. That’s certainly the case for riders like Boonen, Freire and Ballan.
    Andy Schleck, runner-up and white jersey winner at the recent Tour, is among those who have also stated clearly they’re not going to the Vuelta to win.
    “I will be at the Vuelta, but not with the intention of trying to win,” Schleck told La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I want to do well at the world championships and Lombardia, and the Vuelta is ideal preparation for that.”
    That doesn’t mean that this year’s battle for the GC shouldn’t prove interesting, especially if the unpredictable Vinokourov is back in the mix, because several big names will start with the clear intention of winning.
    Among those setting high goals for the Vuelta are: Basso, fifth in his grand tour comeback at the Giro d’Italia in May following his Puerto ban; Gesink, who crashed out of the Tour; Sánchez, who skipped the Tour to focus on trying to win the Vuelta; and Valverde, whose Puerto ban in Italy kept him out of the Tour.
    It will also be interesting to see how certain riders step up to the challenge of having a leadership option at the Vuelta. Leipheimer kick-started his career when he rode as a relative unknown to third in the 2001 Vuelta in what was his grand tour debut.
    Riders such as Garmin’s Martin, Michael Albasini (Columbia-HTC), Saxo Bank’s Fugslang and FDJeux’s Rémy Di Gregorio could take the ball and run with it, all the way to Madrid, where the Vuelta ends Sept. 20.
    The 64th Vuelta starts in Assen, Holland on August 29 with a total of four stages in Holland and Belgium before the entire peloton flies to Tarragona along the Mediterranean Coast to hit Spanish roads.
    The route hugs the Med, tackling such decisive climbs as Alto de Aitana (Stage 8), Alto de Velefique (Stage 12), Sierra Nevada (Stage 13) and La Pandera (Stage 14) before pushing north toward Madrid.
    Two individual time trials, 30km in Valencia in Stage 7, and 26km in Toledo in Stage 20, should help settle the GC in what’s being hailed as a climber’s Vuelta.
    Andrew Hood will be reporting on the Vuelta a España from start to finish. Follow Andrew Hood’s twitter at twitter.com/eurohoody

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    Quote Originally Posted by monosierra View Post
    No mention of Contador one way or the other. I guess this whole Astana situation it still really up in the air. If he's not going to ride for them, even without Lance, then he's done for the year? That would be a shame. I'd like to see him and A. Schleck go at it again this season.
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    Contador isn't riding. Only confirmed Astana rider is Horner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monosierra View Post
    What does Andy mean by he has not intention of winning the Vuelta?

    Is he going to aim to get a stage victory on one of the mountain top finishes? Will we get to see him attacking in the mountains or will he just ride to his own tempo?

    As for the race itself, it has five mountain top finishes and no big name climber who by far better than everyone else when it comes to going up hills .. that is going to lend to it being a more interesting GT than the one that just finished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaz1983 View Post
    What does Andy mean by he has not intention of winning the Vuelta?

    Is he going to aim to get a stage victory on one of the mountain top finishes? Will we get to see him attacking in the mountains or will he just ride to his own tempo?

    As for the race itself, it has five mountain top finishes and no big name climber who by far better than everyone else when it comes to going up hills .. that is going to lend to it being a more interesting GT than the one that just finished.
    It's a prep ride for him.

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    Universal Sports will be broadcasting the Vuelta for the next 4 years.

    http://cyclingfans.com/node/440

    Universal Sports will provide more than nine hours of Vuelta programming every day during the three-week event. Every stage will be shown LIVE at UniversalSports.com every morning and replayed on Universal Sports network. Each night, Universal Sports will show an enhanced stage replay in Primetime. Additionally, UniversalSports.com will have an online TRACKER that will show each rider’s location on the course, stage maps, and integrated videos. The site will also offer full-length videos, highlights, photos, recaps, and behind-the-scenes interviews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by julian View Post
    It's a prep ride for him.
    Prep for what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 40 Cent View Post
    Prep for what?
    I believe the worlds.

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    we'll soon see if basso's still got it. would prefer to see an up-and-coming
    young *** take the overall to give albert & andy some more competition.

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    this would probably be valverde's best chance to win a gt. methinks he and
    cadel have the best shots at the top step of the podium.

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    It is time for Andy to shine.

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