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La Vuelta a España goes to Burgos, Castile y León

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On Friday La Vuelta a Espana arrives in Burgos, Castile y León, having travelled from Rincón de Soto, famous as the pear capital of La Rioja. The riders will have endured almost 200km of undulating terrain, and conquered the Pradilla and Valmala passes towards the end of the stage on the way. Bunch sprint? We wouldn’t bet on it.

VeloVeritas will be in Burgos and we’ll be following the race for a few days as it enters Cantabria, finishing at Peña Cabarga on Saturday and Lagos de Covadonga (where Robert Millar once made us teary eyed with national pride as he left the best Spanish climbers in his wake) on Sunday.

We thought it would be interesting to revisit the last time we were in Burgos for La Vuelta, a couple of years ago.

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La Vuelta a España — Day 1: Stage 12, Burgos, Castile y León — Suances

By Ed Hood. First published on September 11, 2008

There’s gas in the car, the sun is out, we just had Donna Summer on Kiss FM and we’re en route Comillas to pester the Astana mechanics about what gears Bert and Levi will be riding tomorrow – what more could you want out of life?

I wasn’t so chirpy at 04.45 yesterday in the Days Inn at Stansted when the alarm rang.

The flight was ok and we picked up the hire car in Bilbao withou