VUELTA’22: The PEZ First Look!
Race Preview: The Vuelta a España 2022 route was presented in Madrid on Thursday afternoon. On August 19, the riders will start with a team time trial of 23 kilometres in Utrecht, Holland. The Spanish Grand Tour ends on September 11 in Spain’s capital City of Madrid.
Three flat stages in Holland
The three-week stage race opens with a team time trial in Utrecht. Utrecht also hosts the finish of stage 2. This stage starts in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and then heads to Utrecht via the Utrechtse Heuvelrug and Amersfoort. West Brabant forms the backdrop for the last Vuelta stage in the Netherlands. The start and finish are in Breda. Cycling cities such as Chaam, Dongen, Rucphen and Etten-Leur are visited during the stage.
The crazy Basque fans love cycling
Stage 5 – A hard one for the break of the day
Spectacle in cycling mad Basque Country
After stage 3 there is a big day of travel to get to Spain, and the Basque Country. The first stage on Basque territory is between Vitoria Gasteiz and Laguardia and is tailored for the attackers, with a second and a third category climb on the route. Stage five departs from Irún and finishes in the port town of Bilbao. Again this is a stage for the hard men, as there are five short climbs between the start and finish with a second category slope in the final.
The new Vuelta climb of the Colláu Foncuaya on stage 8
No l’Angliru this year
The first time in la Vuelta for Los Praeres
Climbing in Asturias
The third Basque stage ends in Cantabria, west of the Basque Country, and is without a doubt the toughest. The finish is on the climb of the Pico Jano, with ramps of up to 13%. What follows is a difficult transition stage from Camargo to Cistierna and two very tough mountain stages in the Asturias region. The Alto de El Angliru has been left out by the organisers, contrary to previous rumours, but there are finishes on the new climbs of the Colláu Foncuaya and Los Praeres, the GC is bound to change considerably.
Stage 12 to Peñas Blancas
After the second rest day, there is another important stage for the riders looking for a top overall placing, as the organisers throw in a flat time trial of just over thirty kilometres between Elche and Alicante. It is also the last chrono in this Vuelta. After this test against the clock, the sprinters have another opportunity in Cabo de Gata. The twelfth stage finishes on the climb of the Peñas Blancas.
Stage 14 to Sierra de la Pandera
Alejandro Valverde leading the 2009 Vuelta on the Sierra Nevada
A monster day to finish in the Sierra Nevada
A hard final week
The break riders will be looking at the thirteenth stage from Ronda to Montilla for another chance of victory. There are no serious obstacles on the route, but the course is anything but flat. There are no flat roads at all in stages fourteen and fifteen. The riders are now in the extreme south of Spain, in the Andalusia region, for mountain stages to Sierra de la Pandera and Sierra Nevada, many riders will know these roads from altitude training camps.
Stage 17, the beginning of the end
The final week will though – As usual
Stage 19 – Another chance for the GC men
After the riders have had a good days climbing in the Sierra Nevada and a third and final rest day, they start the final week of the Vuelta. They do get some respite, as the sixteenth stage to Tomares is almost flat, but then on stages seventeen, eighteen, nineteen and twenty it’s all climbing again. The eighteenth stage finishes on the Alto del Piornal and the twentieth stage finishes on a real mountain: the Puerto de Navacerrada.
The final big day to the Puerto de Navacerrada
La Vuelta returns to Madrid for the final stage finish
At the top of the Puerto de Navacerrada we will know who the final winner will be, given the flat final stage to Madrid. In 2021, the Vuelta organisers opted for a final time trial to Santiago de Compostela, but for 2022 race director Javier Guillén returns to the sprinter’s finalé on the streets in the centre Madrid.
Three in a row for Primoz Roglič?
Javier Guillén, General Director of La Vuelta introduced the route: “We finally return to Utrecht, Breda and ‘s-Hertogenbosch, without losing even an ounce of our enthusiasm. In a special year, when all of the Grand Tours are having official departures abroad, we look forward to what will be an unforgettable official start in an authentic cycling paradise like the Netherlands. Few places are more representative of La Vuelta or of our country than Andalusia,” explains Javier Guillén. “We’re also celebrating a historical anniversary: La Vuelta will depart from Sanlúcar de Barrameda 500 years to the day from the moment Sebastián Elcano returned to Spain after completing the first circumnavigation of the globe.”
2022 Vuelta a España route map
Full Vuelta a España 2022 Route:
19/08 – Stage 1: Utrecht – Utrecht (23.3km, TTT)
20/08 – Stage 2: s-Hertogenbosch – Utrecht (175.1km)
21/08 – Stage 3: Breda – Breda (193.2km)
23/08 – Stage 4: Vitoria Gasteiz – Laguardia (153.5 km)
24/08 – Stage 5: Irun – Bilbao (187 km)
25/08 – Stage 6: Bilbao – San Miguel de Aguayo (180km)
26/08 – Stage 7: Camargo – Cistierna (190.1 km)
27/08 – Stage 8: La Pola Llaviana – Colláu Foncuaya (154.5 km)
28/08 – Stage 9: Villaviciosa – Los Praeres Nava (175.5 km)
30/08 – Stage 10: Elche – Alicante (31.1km, ITT)
31/08 – Stage 11: Elpozo Alimentación – Cabo de Gata (193 km)
01/09 – Stage 12: Salobreña – Peñas Blancas (195.5 km)
02/09 – Stage 13: Ronda – Montilla (171 km)
03/09 – Stage 14: Montoro – Sierra de la Pandera (160.3 km)
04/09 – Stage 15: Martos – Sierra Nevada (148.1 km)
06/09 – Stage 16: Sanlúcar de Barrameda – Tomares (188.9 km)
07/09 – Stage 17: Aracena – Monasterio de Tentudia (160 km)
08/09 – Stage 18: Trujillo – Alto del Piornal (191.7 km)
09/09 – Stage 19: Talavera de la Reina – Talavera de la Reina (132.7 km)
10/09 – Stage 20: Moralzarzal – Puerto de Navacerrada (175.5 km)
11/09 – Stage 21: Las Rozas – Madrid (100.5 km).
* Two time trials
* Six flat stages
* Four hill stages
* Nine mountain stages
* No stages over 200 kilometres.
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