2013 Vuelta a España
The 2013 Vuelta a España was the 68th edition of the race.
|2013 UCI World Tour, race 22 of 28|
|Dates||24 August – 15 September|
|Distance||3,358.9 km (2,087 mi)|
|Winning time||84h 36' 04"|
This Vuelta started in Galicia on August 24, 2013. The race spent 5 days in Galicia, then continued anticlockwise touring Spain through Castile and León, Extremadura, Andalusia, Aragon, Catalonia, La Rioja, Cantabria, and Asturias, before returning to Madrid for the finish on September 15. The Vuelta included excursions into two neighboring countries, Andorra and France. The top three stage winners received the following bonuses in the general classification: 10 seconds for winners of the stages, six seconds for runners-up, and four seconds for those in third place.
Chris Horner won the 2013 Vuelta at the age of 41 on the 15 September 2013 becoming the oldest ever Grand Tour winner. Horner beat his nearest challenger, Italian Vincenzo Nibali by finishing ahead of him in each of the final three mountainous stages before the final stage into Madrid.
†: Invited Pro-continental teams
|1||24 August||Vilanova de Arousa – Sanxenxo||27.4 km (17.0 mi)||Team time trial||Astana|
|2||25 August||Pontevedra – Monte da Groba||177.7 km (110.4 mi)||Medium-mountain stage||Nicolas Roche (IRL)|
|3||26 August||Vigo – Mirador de Lobeira||184.8 km (114.8 mi)||Flat stage||Chris Horner (USA)|
|4||27 August||Lalín – Finisterra||189 km (117 mi)||Medium-mountain stage||Daniel Moreno (ESP)|
|5||28 August||Sober – Lago de Sanabria||174.3 km (108.3 mi)||Medium-mountain stage||Michael Matthews (AUS)|
|6||29 August||Guijuelo – Caceres||175 km (109 mi)||Flat stage||Michael Mørkøv (DEN)|
|7||30 August||Almendralejo – Mairena del Aljarafe||205.9 km (127.9 mi)||Flat stage||Zdeněk Štybar (CZE)|
|8||31 August||Jerez de la Frontera – Alto de Peñas Blancas||166.6 km (103.5 mi)||Medium-mountain stage||Leopold König (CZE)|
|9||1 September||Antequera – Valdepeñas de Jaén||163.7 km (101.7 mi)||Medium-mountain stage||Daniel Moreno (ESP)|
|10||2 September||Torredelcampo – Alto de Haza Llana||186.8 km (116.1 mi)||Mountain stage||Chris Horner (USA)|
|3 September||Rest day|
|11||4 September||Tarazona||38.8 km (24.1 mi)||Individual time trial||Fabian Cancellara (SUI)|
|12||5 September||Maella – Tarragona||164.2 km (102.0 mi)||Flat stage||Philippe Gilbert (BEL)|
|13||6 September||Valls – Castelldefels||169 km (105 mi)||Medium-mountain stage||Warren Barguil (FRA)|
|14||7 September||Bagà – Coll de la Gallina (Andorra)||155.7 km (96.7 mi)||Mountain stage||Daniele Ratto (ITA)|
|15||8 September||Andorra (Andorra) – Peyragudes (France)||224.9 km (139.7 mi)||Mountain stage||Alexandre Geniez (FRA)|
|16||9 September||Graus – Formigal||146.8 km (91.2 mi)||Mountain stage||Warren Barguil (FRA)|
|10 September||Rest day|
|17||11 September||Calahorra – Burgos||189 km (117 mi)||Flat stage||Bauke Mollema (NED)|
|18||12 September||Burgos – Peña Cabarga||186.5 km (115.9 mi)||Mountain stage||Vasil Kiryienka (BLR)|
|19||13 September||San Vicente de la Barquera – Alto del Naranco||181 km (112 mi)||Medium-mountain stage||Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)|
|20||14 September||Avilés – Alto de L'Angliru||142.2 km (88.4 mi)||Mountain stage||Kenny Elissonde (FRA)|
|21||15 September||Leganés – Madrid||109.6 km (68.1 mi)||Flat stage||Michael Matthews (AUS)|
Classification leadership tableEdit
There were four main classifications contested in the 2013 Vuelta a España, with the most important being the general classification. The general classification was calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage. The cyclist with the least accumulated time was the race leader, identified by the red jersey; the winner of this classification was considered the winner of the Vuelta. In 2013, there were time bonuses given on mass-start stages; ten seconds were awarded to the stage winner, with six for second and four for third.
Additionally, there was a points classification, which awards a green jersey. In the points classification, cyclists get points for finishing among the best in a stage finish, or in intermediate sprints. The cyclist with the most points led the classification, and is identified with a green jersey. There was also a mountains classification. The organisation categorised some climbs as either hors catégorie, first, second, third, or fourth-category; points for this classification were won by the first cyclists that reach the top of these climbs, with more points available for the higher-categorised climbs. The cyclist with the most points led the classification, and was identified with a blue polka dot jersey.
The fourth individual classification was the combination classification, marked by the white jersey. This classification is calculated by adding the numeral ranks of each cyclist in the general, points and mountains classifications – a rider must have a score in all classifications possible to qualify for the combination classification – with the lowest cumulative total signifying the winner of this competition.
For the team classification, the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added; the leading team is the team with the lowest total time. For the combativity award, a jury gives points after each stage to the cyclists they considered most combative. The cyclist with the most votes in all stages leads the classification. For the daily combative winner, the rider in question donned a dossard with a red background, on the following stage.
|Denotes the leader of the General classification||Denotes the leader of the Mountains classification|
|Denotes the leader of the Points classification||Denotes the leader of the Combination rider classification|
|1||Chris Horner (USA)||RadioShack–Leopard||84h 36' 04"|
|2||Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)||Astana||+ 37"|
|3||Alejandro Valverde (ESP)||Movistar Team||+ 1' 36"|
|4||Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)||Team Katusha||+ 3' 22"|
|5||Nicolas Roche (IRL)||Saxo–Tinkoff||+ 7' 11"|
|6||Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA)||Ag2r–La Mondiale||+ 8' 00"|
|7||Thibaut Pinot (FRA)||FDJ.fr||+ 8' 41"|
|8||Samuel Sánchez (ESP)||Euskaltel–Euskadi||+ 9' 51"|
|9||Leopold König (CZE)||NetApp–Endura||+ 10' 11"|
|10||Daniel Moreno (ESP)||Team Katusha||+ 13' 11"|
|1||Alejandro Valverde (ESP)||Movistar Team||152|
|2||Chris Horner (USA)||RadioShack–Leopard||126|
|3||Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)||Team Katusha||125|
|4||Nicolas Roche (IRL)||Saxo–Tinkoff||122|
|5||Daniel Moreno (ESP)||Team Katusha||119|
|6||Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)||Astana||111|
|7||Maximiliano Richeze (ARG)||Lampre–Merida||84|
|8||Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR)||Team Sky||83|
|9||Michael Matthews (AUS)||Orica–GreenEDGE||78|
|10||Bauke Mollema (NED)||Belkin Pro Cycling||75|
King of the Mountains classificationEdit
|1||Nicolas Edet (FRA)||Cofidis||46|
|2||Chris Horner (USA)||RadioShack–Leopard||32|
|3||Daniele Ratto (ITA)||Cannondale||30|
|4||André Cardoso (POR)||Caja Rural–Seguros RGA||26|
|5||Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)||Astana||23|
|6||Amets Txurruka (ESP)||Caja Rural–Seguros RGA||22|
|7||Kenny Elissonde (FRA)||FDJ.fr||21|
|8||Nicolas Roche (IRL)||Saxo–Tinkoff||19|
|9||Vasil Kiryienka (BLR)||Team Sky||18|
|10||Michele Scarponi (ITA)||Lampre–Merida||17|
|1||Chris Horner (USA)||RadioShack–Leopard||5|
|2||Vincenzo Nibali (ITA)||Astana||13|
|3||Alejandro Valverde (ESP)||Movistar Team||17|
|4||Nicolas Roche (IRL)||Saxo–Tinkoff||17|
|5||Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)||Team Katusha||27|
|6||Daniel Moreno (ESP)||Team Katusha||32|
|7||Michele Scarponi (ITA)||Lampre–Merida||41|
|8||Leopold König (CZE)||NetApp–Endura||42|
|9||Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA)||Ag2r–La Mondiale||43|
|10||André Cardoso (POR)||Caja Rural–Seguros RGA||54|
|1||Euskaltel–Euskadi||253h 29' 35"|
|2||Movistar Team||+ 1' 02"|
|3||Astana||+ 1' 30"|
|4||Saxo–Tinkoff||+ 9' 56"|
|5||Caja Rural–Seguros RGA||+ 33' 48"|
|6||Team Katusha||+ 45' 21"|
|7||RadioShack–Leopard||+ 46' 54"|
|8||NetApp–Endura||+ 52' 29"|
|9||FDJ.fr||+ 1h 01' 21"|
|10||BMC Racing Team||+ 1h 56' 46"|
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