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2014 Vuelta a España Guide

2014 Vuelta a España Guide This year's race will be the 69th edition of the Vuelta a España and, yet again, the Spanish race has a strong focus on the number of days aimed at climbing specialists. The first week is spent in the south of the country, in the autonomous community of Andalucía, before transitioning towards the northern coast to finish the race in Asturias and Galicia. Unusually for the Vuelta, the 2014 race will not visit the Pyrenees, Catalonia or the Basque Country.

The Vuelta a España has been seen as the toughest of the three Grand Tours over recent seasons, though that claim is less clear-cut this year. The 2014 Vuelta route has more days of mountainous or hilly racing than this year's Tour de France, but fewer of those days offer scope for big time differences between riders. Five of the Tour's six high-mountain stages were truly gruelling affairs, whereas only three of the Vuelta's seven high-mountain stages seem likely to create a major selection before the final climb.

Despite a relatively easy parcours, by its own tough standards, the Vuelta is still shaping up to be the most exciting stage race of 2014. Few Grand Tour specialists targeted this year's Giro, while a number of leaders dropped out of the Tour early with injury, which means that the level of competition is higher in Spain that has been seen elsewhere. The Vuelta's traditional approach of minimising the number of flat stages has continued, meaning there should be lots of scope for attacking action between the main favourites.

Sections in 2014 VUELTA A ESPAÑA GUIDE:

» Results
» Abandonments

» Stage Guide
» Team Guide
» Vuelta Lexicon



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