The full stage list for the 2012 Vuelta a Espana was revealed by the event organiser on Wednesday morning.
The route is a mountainous one, with seven summit finishes and just one hilly individual time trial, a 40km test mid-way through the race. It’s a route designed for the climbers.
The race will open with a 16.2km team time trial in Pamplona on Saturday, August 18, and finish in Madrid on Sunday, September 9. The entire race takes place in the northern half of Spain.
Juan Jose Cobo (Geox-TMC) won the 2011 edition of the race, with British riders Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins in second and third spot respectively.
Saturday 18 August. Stage one: Pamplona – Pamplona, team time trial 16.2km. Flat.
Sunday 19 August. Stage 2: Pamplona – Viana 180km. Flat.
Monday 20 August. Stage 3. Oion – Arrate (Eibar). 153km. Summit finish.
Tuesday 21 August. Stage 4: Baracaldo – Valdezcaray. 155km. Summit finish.
Wednesday 22 August. Stage 5: Logroño – Logroño. 172km. Flat.
Thursday 23 August. Stage 6: Tarazona – El Fuerte del Rapitán (Jaca). 174.8km. Uphill finish.
Friday 24 August. Stage 7: Huesca – Motorland (Alcañiz). 160km. Flat.
Saturday 25 August. Stage 8: Lleida – Santuario Canolich (Collada de la Gallina). 175km. Summit finish.
Sunday 26 August. Stage 9. Andorra – Barcelona. 194km. Hilly.
Monday 27 August. Rest day and Transfer Barcelona – Ponteareas. 1,200 km approx.
Tuesday 28 August. Stage 10: Ponteareas – Sanxenxo. 166.4km. Hilly.
Wednesday 29 August. Stage 11: Cambados – Pontevedra. 40km. Individual time trial. Hilly.
Thursday 30 August. Stage 12: Vilagarcía – Mirador de Ezaro (A Coruña). 184.6km. Steep uphill finish.
Friday 31 August. Stage 12: Santiago de Compostela – Ferrol. 172.7km. Flat.
Saturday 1 September. Stage 14: Palas de Rei – Los Ancares. 152km. Summit finish.
Sunday 2 September. Stage 15: La Robla – Lagos de Covadonga. 186.7km. Summit finish
Monday 3 September. Stage 16: Gijón – Cuitu Negro. 185km. Summit finish.
Tuesday 4 September. Rest day
Wednesday 5 September. Stage 17: Santander – Fuente Dé. 177km. Uphill finish.
Thursday 6 September. Stage 18: Aguilar de Campoo – Valladolid. 186.4km. Flat.
Friday 7 September. Stage 19: Peñafiel – La Lastrilla. 169km. Flat.
Saturday 8 September. Stage 20: La Faisanera Golf – Bola del Mundo. 169.5km. Summit finish.
Sunday 9 September. Stage 21: Cercedilla – Madrid. 111.9km. Flat.
Vuelta a Espana 2012 route leaked?