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The 57th edition of the 2011 Vuelta a Andalucía is the 16th race of the 2010-2011 UCI Europe Tour. The race started on 20 February and finished on 24 February.[1]

2011 Vuelta a Andalucía
Race details
Dates20–24 February
Stages5
Distance680.6 km (422.9 mi)
Winning time16h 27' 21"
Results
Winner  Markel Irizar (ESP) (Team RadioShack)
  Second  Jurgen van den Broeck (BEL) (Omega Pharma–Lotto)
  Third  Levi Leipheimer (USA) (Team RadioShack)

Points  Óscar Freire (ESP) (Rabobank)
Mountains  Javier Ramirez Abeja (ESP) (Andalucía–Caja Granada)
Sprints  Jan Bakelants (BEL) (Omega Pharma–Lotto)
  Team Team RadioShack
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TeamsEdit

There are 18 teams taking part in the 2011 Vuelta a Andalucía. Amongst these are nine UCI ProTour teams, six UCI Professional Continental teams, and two Continental teams. Each team was allowed seven riders on their squad, giving the event a peloton of 126 cyclists at its outset.[2]

The 18 teams in the race were:

StagesEdit

PrologueEdit

20 February 2011, Benahavís (Prologue) 6.8 km (4.2 mi)[3]
Prologue results and General Classification after Prologue[4]
Cyclist Team Time
1   Jimmy Engoulvent (FRA) Saur–Sojasun 9' 28"
2   Markel Irizar (ESP) Team RadioShack + 0"
3   Jurgen van den Broeck (BEL) Omega Pharma–Lotto + 1"
4   Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack + 2"
5   Jérôme Coppel (FRA) Saur–Sojasun + 3"
6   Paul Poux (FRA) Saur–Sojasun + 7"
7   Luis Pasamontes (ESP) Movistar Team + 8"
8   Thomas Löfkvist (SWE) Team Sky + 8"
9   Rigoberto Urán (COL) Team Sky + 9"
10   Ivan Rovny (RUS) Team RadioShack + 10"

Stage 1Edit

21 February 2011 – Almuñécar to Adra, 161.8 km (100.5 mi)[5]
Stage 1 results[6]
Cyclist Team Time
1   Jonathan Hivert (FRA) Saur–Sojasun 4h 20' 25"
2   Francisco Ventoso (ESP) Movistar Team + 0"
3   Óscar Freire (ESP) Rabobank + 0"
4   Stijn Devolder (BEL) Vacansoleil–DCM + 0"
5   Sergei Ivanov (RUS) Team Katusha + 0"
6   Luis Pasamontes (ESP) Movistar Team + 0"
7   Juan José Cobo (ESP) Geox–TMC + 0"
8   Jurgen van den Broeck (BEL) Omega Pharma–Lotto + 0"
9   José Alberto Benítez (ESP) Andalucía–Caja Granada + 0"
10   Christian Knees (GER) Team Sky + 0"
General Classification after Stage 1
Cyclist Team Time
1   Markel Irizar (ESP) Team RadioShack 4h 29' 53"
2   Jurgen van den Broeck (BEL) Omega Pharma–Lotto + 1"
3   Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack + 2"
4   Jérôme Coppel (FRA) Saur–Sojasun + 3"
5   Luis Pasamontes (ESP) Movistar Team + 8"
6   Thomas Löfkvist (SWE) Team Sky + 8"
7   Rigoberto Urán (COL) Team Sky + 9"
8   Ivan Rovny (RUS) Team RadioShack + 10"
9   Beñat Intxausti (ESP) Movistar Team + 10"
10   Haimar Zubeldia (ESP) Team RadioShack + 12"

Stage 2Edit

22 February 2011 – Villa de Otura to Jaén, 175.3 km (108.9 mi)[7]
Stage 2 results[8]
Cyclist Team Time
1   Francisco Ventoso (ESP) Movistar Team 4h 21' 53"
2   Juan José Lobato (ESP) Andalucía–Caja Granada + 0"
3   Davide Appollonio (ITA) Team Sky + 0"
4   Giacomo Nizzolo (ITA) Leopard Trek + 0"
5   Thierry Hupond (FRA) Skil–Shimano + 0"
6   Pello Bilbao (ESP) Orbea + 0"
7   Samuel Sánchez (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi + 0"
8   Ricardo García (ESP) Orbea + 0"
9   Luis Pasamontes (ESP) Movistar Team + 0"
10   Yukihiro Doi (JPN) Skil–Shimano + 0"
General Classification after Stage 2
Cyclist Team Time
1   Markel Irizar (ESP) Team RadioShack 8h 51' 46"
2   Jurgen van den Broeck (BEL) Omega Pharma–Lotto + 1"
3   Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack + 2"
4   Jérôme Coppel (FRA) Saur–Sojasun + 3"
5   Luis Pasamontes (ESP) Movistar Team + 8"
6   Thomas Löfkvist (SWE) Team Sky + 8"
7   Rigoberto Urán (COL) Team Sky + 9"
8   Ivan Rovny (RUS) Team RadioShack + 10"
9   Beñat Intxausti (ESP) Movistar Team + 10"
10   Haimar Zubeldia (ESP) Team RadioShack + 12"

Stage 3Edit

23 February 2011 – La Guardia de Jaén to Córdoba, 174 km (108.1 mi)[9]
Stage 3 results[10]
Cyclist Team Time
1   Óscar Freire (ESP) Rabobank 3h 49' 32"
2   Jimmy Engoulvent (FRA) Saur–Sojasun + 0"
3   Aitor Galdós (ESP) Caja Rural + 0"
4   Marco Marcato (ITA) Vacansoleil–DCM + 0"
5   Robert Hunter (RSA) Team RadioShack + 0"
6   Davide Appollonio (ITA) Team Sky + 0"
7   Yukihiro Doi (JPN) Skil–Shimano + 0"
8   Jon Aberasturi (ESP) Caja Rural + 0"
9   Christian Knees (GER) Team Sky + 0"
10   Mirko Selvaggi (ITA) Vacansoleil–DCM + 0"
General Classification after Stage 3
Cyclist Team Time
1   Markel Irizar (ESP) Team RadioShack 12h 41' 09"
2   Jurgen van den Broeck (BEL) Omega Pharma–Lotto + 1"
3   Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack + 2"
4   Jérôme Coppel (FRA) Saur–Sojasun + 3"
5   Luis Pasamontes (ESP) Movistar Team + 8"
6   Thomas Löfkvist (SWE) Team Sky + 8"
7   Rigoberto Urán (COL) Team Sky + 9"
8   Ivan Rovny (RUS) Team RadioShack + 10"
9   Beñat Intxausti (ESP) Movistar Team + 10"
10   Haimar Zubeldia (ESP) Team RadioShack + 12"

Stage 4Edit

24 February 2011 – Córdoba to Antequera, 162.7 km (101.1 mi)[11]
Stage 4 results[12]
Cyclist Team Time
1   Óscar Freire (ESP) Rabobank 3h 46' 12"
2   Samuel Sánchez (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi + 0"
3   Jonathan Hivert (FRA) Saur–Sojasun + 0"
4   Davide Appollonio (ITA) Team Sky + 0"
5   Rigoberto Urán (COL) Team Sky + 0"
6   Marco Marcato (ITA) Vacansoleil–DCM + 0"
7   Jurgen van den Broeck (BEL) Omega Pharma–Lotto + 0"
8   Luis Pasamontes (ESP) Movistar Team + 0"
9   Jérôme Coppel (FRA) Saur–Sojasun + 0"
10   Juan José Lobato (ESP) Andalucía–Caja Granada + 0"
General Classification after Stage 4
Cyclist Team Time
1   Markel Irizar (ESP) Team RadioShack 16h 27' 21"
2   Jurgen van den Broeck (BEL) Omega Pharma–Lotto + 1"
3   Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack + 2"
4   Jérôme Coppel (FRA) Saur–Sojasun + 3"
5   Luis Pasamontes (ESP) Movistar Team + 8"
6   Thomas Löfkvist (SWE) Team Sky + 8"
7   Rigoberto Urán (COL) Team Sky + 9"
8   Haimar Zubeldia (ESP) Team RadioShack + 12"
9   Samuel Sánchez (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi + 16"
10   Ivan Rovny (RUS) Team RadioShack + 18"

Classification leadershipEdit

In the 2011 Vuelta a Andalucía, four different jerseys were awarded. For the general classification, calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage, and allowing time bonuses for the first three finishers on each stage and in intermediate sprints, the leader received a red jersey. This classification was considered the most important of the Vuelta a Andalucía, and the winner is considered the winner of the Vuelta.

Additionally, there was a sprints classification, which awarded a white jersey. In the sprints classification, cyclists got points for finishing in the top three in an intermediate sprint. The first across the sprint points got 3 points, the second got 2, and the third got a single point.

There was also a mountains classification, which awarded a black and white jersey. In the mountains classification, points were won by reaching the top of a mountain before other cyclists. Each climb was categorized, with the more difficult climbs awarding more points.

The points classification awarded a blue jersey. In the points classification, cyclists got points based on the order at the finish line of each stage. The stage win afforded 25 points, second on the stage was worth 20, third 16, fourth 13, fifth 10, sixth 8, seventh 6, eighth 4, ninth 2, and tenth was worth a single point. The points awarded in the sprints classification counted equivalently for this classification.

There was also the combination classification. This was calculated by adding the rankings in the general, points and mountains classifications; the cyclist with the lowest combined ranking was the leader in the combination classification.

There were also two classifications to this race for the best Spanish and Andalucian rider, based on their time in the general classification. However, no jerseys were awarded to the last three classifications, since the UCI limits the amount of rewarded jerseys to four per race.

The race also awarded a teams classification, which, too, was not represented by a jersey. The teams classification was calculated by adding the times of each team's best three riders per stage per day.

Stage Winner General Classification
 
Mountains Classification
 
Sprints Classification
 
Points Classification
 
Combination Classification Best Andalusian Rider Classification Best Spanish Rider Classification Teams Classification
P Jimmy Engoulvent Jimmy Engoulvent not awarded not awarded Jimmy Engoulvent Jimmy Engoulvent Javier Moreno Markel Irizar Saur–Sojasun
1 Jonathan Hivert Markel Irizar Javier Ramirez Abeja Fabio Duarte Jonathan Hivert Jurgen Van den Broeck Antonio Piedra Team RadioShack
2 Francisco Ventoso Francisco Ventoso
3 Óscar Freire Jimmy Engoulvent
4 Óscar Freire Jan Bakelants Óscar Freire José Alberto Benitez
Final Markel Irizar Javier Ramirez Abeja Jan Bakelants Óscar Freire Jurgen Van den Broeck José Alberto Benitez Markel Irizar Team RadioShack

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Equipos participantes" (in Spanish). DEPORINTER S.A. Archived from the original on 2012-02-26. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  3. ^ "Primera Etapa" (in Spanish). DEPORINTER S.A. Archived from the original on 26 February 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  4. ^ "Engoulvent quickest in Ruta prologue". Cycling News. 20 February 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Segunda Etapa" (in Spanish). DEPORINTER S.A. Archived from the original on 2011-11-15. Retrieved 2012-02-22.
  6. ^ Hymas, Peter (21 February 2011). "Hivert takes sprint victory in Adra". Cycling News. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Tercera Etapa" (in Spanish). DEPORINTER S.A. Archived from the original on 15 November 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  8. ^ "Ventoso takes sprint into Jaen". Cycling News. 22 February 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  9. ^ "Cuarta Etapa" (in Spanish). DEPORINTER S.A. Archived from the original on 15 November 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  10. ^ Hymas, Peter (23 February 2011). "Freire claims penultimate stage in Córdoba". Cycling News. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  11. ^ "Quinta Etapa" (in Spanish). DEPORINTER S.A. Archived from the original on 15 November 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
  12. ^ Hymas, Peter (24 February 2011). "Irizar wins Ruta del Sol". Cycling News. Retrieved 22 February 2012.