Organisers of the Vuelta a Espana have unveiled the full route of the 2010 race, starting in Seville on Saturday, August 28 and concluding in Madrid on Sunday, September 19.
Nine mountain stages are included in the 21 days of racing, pointing towards another Vuelta for the climbers.
The mountains come early too, stage three from Marbella to Malaga (156km) includes three categorised climbs, two of which are first category.
Just two time trial stages are included: the opening 16.5km stage one team time trial in Seville, and an individual 46km test against the clock on stage 17.
The route covers a total distance of 3,337.9km.
The 2009 edition of the race was won by Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne).
Full analysis and comment to follow on www.cyclingweekly.co.uk
Vuelta a Espana 2010
Saturday Aug 28 Stage 1 16.5km Sevilla-Sevilla TTT
Sunday Aug 29 Stage 2 173km Alcalá de Guadaíra-Marbella
Monday Aug 30 Stage 3 156km Marbella-Málaga
Tuesday Aug 31 Stage 4 177km Málaga-Valdepeñas de Jaén
Wednesday Sep 1 Stage 5 194km Guadix-Lorca
Thursday Sep 2 Stage 6 144km Caravaca de Cruz-Murcia
Friday Sep 3 Stage 7 170km Murcia-Orihuela
Saturday Sep 4 Stage 8 188.8km Villena-Xorret del Catí
Sunday Sep 5 Stage 9 187km Calpe-Alcoy
Monday Sep 6 REST DAY Descanso Traslado
Tuesday Sep 7 Stage 10 173.7km Tarragona-Vilanova i la Geltrú
Wednesday Sep 8 Stage 11 208km Vilanova i la Geltrú-Andorra (Vallnord / sector Pal)
Thursday Sep 9 Stage 12 175km Andorra la Vella-Lleida
Friday Sep 10 Stage 13 193.7km Rincón de Soto-Burgos
Saturday Sep 11 Stage 14 178.8km Burgos-Peña Cabarga
Sunday Sep 12 Stage 15 170km Solares-Lagos de Covadonga
Monday Sep 13 Stage 16 179.3km Gijón-Cotobello
Tuesday Sep 14 REST DAY Descanso Traslado
Wednesday Sep 15 Stage 17 46km Peñafiel-Peñafiel ITT
Thursday Sep 16 Stage 18 153km Valladolid-Salamanca
Friday Sep 17 Stage 19 200km Piedrahita-Toledo
Saturday Sep 18 Stage 20 168.8km “San Martín de Valdeiglesias-Bola del MundoEtapa 7 Estrellas Comunidad de Madrid”
Sunday Sep 19 Stage 21 100km San Sebastián de los Reyes-Madrid
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