La Vuelta a España 2010
The Vuelta presentation was in Sevilla this year (normally Madrid), the start town of next year’s race. Some of the old stars of cycling where in attendance; Thevenet, Olano, Hinault and introducing the show Pedro Delgado. Hinault pointed out that one of his hardest day on a bike was the stage to Avila in 1983 which he won stage and overall.
So The Course?
The 2010 Vuelta has quite a few new hills to climb and brings back some old favourites. The first innovation must be the opening stage of a night time team time trial of 16 kilometres in Sevilla on a pan flat course. New climbs include the Cotobello, Bola del Mundo and on 10 to Vilanova I la GeltrÃº there is a steep climb that is being referred to as a “Angliru of Cataluña”.
Returning mountains are Xorret del Cati, Peña Carbarga, Andorra and the normally decisive summit finish of the Lagos de Cavadonga.
1:ª : Sevilla-Sevilla (TTT) : 16,5km.
Flat, fast, hard and in the dark.
2:ª : Alcalá de GuadaÃra-Marbella : 173km.