2006 Vuelta a España

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2006 Vuelta a España
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Overview of the stages
Race details
Dates 26 August - 17 September
Stages 21
Distance 3,192 km (1,983 mi)
Winning time 81h 23' 07" (39.22 km/h or 24.37 mph)
Palmares
Winner  Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ) (Astana)
Second  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears)
Third  Andrey Kashechkin (KAZ) (Astana)

Points  Thor Hushovd (NOR) (Crédit Agricole)
Mountains  Egoi Martínez (ESP) (Discovery Channel)
Combination  Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ) (Astana)
Team Discovery Channel
2005
2007

The 61st Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain), a long-distance bicycle stage race and one of the 3 grand tours, was held from August 26 to September 17, 2006. It consisted of 21 stages covering a total of 3,192 km, and was won by Alexander Vinokourov of the Astana cycling team.

Teams and riders[edit]

In addition to the 20 UCI ProTour teams, Relax-GAM have received a wild card.

List of stages[edit]

Stage Date From - To Distance Type Winner
1 26 Aug Málaga - Málaga 7.2 km Team time trial Team CSC
2 27 Aug Málaga - Córdoba 167 km Paolo Bettini
3 28 Aug Córdoba - Almendralejo 220 km Francisco Ventoso
4 29 Aug Almendralejo - Cáceres 142 km Erik Zabel
5 30 Aug Plasencia - Estación de Esquí La Covatilla (Béjar) 178 km Mountain stage* Danilo Di Luca
6 31 Aug Zamora - León 155 km Thor Hushovd
7 1 Sept León - Alto de El Morredero (Ponferrada) 148 km Mountain stage* Alejandro Valverde
8 2 Sept Ponferrada - Lugo 173 km Alexandre Vinokourov
9 3 Sept A Fonsagrada - Alto de La Cobertoria 206 km Mountain stage* Alexandre Vinokourov
4 Sept Rest Day
10 5 Sept Avilés - Museo de Altamira (Santillana del Mar) 190 km Sérgio Paulinho
11 6 Sept Torrelavega (Velódromo Oscar Freire) - Burgos 165 km Mountain stage Egoi Martínez
12 7 Sept Aranda de Duero - Guadalajara 162 km Luca Paolini
13 8 Sept Guadalajara - Cuenca 170 km Samuel Sánchez
14 9 Sept Cuenca - Cuenca 33 km Individual time trial David Millar
15 10 Sept Motilla del Palancar - Factoría Ford (Almussafes) 175 km Robert Förster
11 Sept Rest Day
16 12 Sept Almería - Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto 145 km Mountain stage* Igor Antón
17 13 Sept Adra - Granada 167 km Mountain stage Thomas Danielson
18 14 Sept Granada - Sierra de la Pandera 153 km Mountain stage* Andrey Kashechkin
19 15 Sept Jaén - Ciudad Real 195 km José Luis Arrieta
20 16 Sept Rivas Futura - Rivas Vaciamadrid 28 km Individual time trial Alexandre Vinokourov
21 17 Sept Madrid - Madrid 150 km Erik Zabel
  • Mountain stages with asterisk end on the top of the climb.

Stage recaps[edit]

Jersey progress[edit]

Stage
(Winner)
General classification
Points Classification
Mountains Classification
Combination Classification
Team Classification
0Stage 1 (TTT)
(Team CSC)
Carlos Sastre Carlos Sastre no award no award Team CSC
0Stage 2
(Paolo Bettini)
Thor Hushovd Paolo Bettini Mario De Sárraga Mario De Sárraga
0Stage 3
(Francisco Ventoso)
Thor Hushovd David de la Fuente
0Stage 4
(Erik Zabel)
0Stage 5
(Danilo Di Luca)
Danilo Di Luca Danilo Di Luca Danilo Di Luca Discovery Channel
0Stage 6
(Thor Hushovd)
0Stage 7
(Alejandro Valverde)
Janez Brajkovič Janez Brajkovič Janez Brajkovič
0Stage 8
(Alexander Vinokourov)
0Stage 9
(Alexander Vinokourov)
Alejandro Valverde Pietro Caucchioli Alejandro Valverde
0Stage 10
(Sérgio Paulinho)
0Stage 11
(Egoi Martínez)
0Stage 12
(Luca Paolini)
0Stage 13
(Samuel Sánchez)
0Stage 14 (ITT)
(David Millar)
0Stage 15
(Robert Förster)
0Stage 16
(Igor Antón)
0Stage 17
(Tom Danielson)
Alexander Vinokourov Egoi Martínez
0Stage 18
(Andrei Kashechkin)
0Stage 19
(José Luis Arrieta)
Alexander Vinokourov
0Stage 20 (ITT)
(Alexander Vinokourov)
0Stage 21
(Erik Zabel)
Final Alexander Vinokourov Thor Hushovd Egoi Martínez Alexander Vinokourov Discovery Channel

Jersey wearers when same rider is holding multiple jerseys:

Current standings[edit]

General classification (final)[edit]

Rank Rider Team Time
1 Kazakhstan Alexander Vinokourov Astana 81h 23' 07"
2 Spain Alejandro Valverde Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears 1' 12"
3 Kazakhstan Andrey Kashechkin Astana 3' 12"
4 Spain Carlos Sastre Team CSC 3' 35"
5 Spain José Ángel Gómez Marchante Saunier Duval-Prodir 6' 51"
6 United States Tom Danielson Discovery Channel 8' 09"
7 Spain Samuel Sánchez Euskaltel-Euskadi 8' 26"
8 Spain Manuel Beltrán Discovery Channel 10' 36"
9 Russia Vladimir Karpets Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears 10' 47"
10 Spain Luis Pérez Rodríguez Cofidis 11' 32"

Points classification[edit]

In 2006, the leader of the points classification is awarded a blue with yellow-fish-covered jersey, which is sponsored by Spain's fishing and marine industry known as FROM (or El Fondo de Regulación y Organización del Mercado de Productos de la Pesca y Cultivos Marinos).[1]

Rank Rider Team Points
1 Norway Thor Hushovd Crédit Agricole 199
2 Kazakhstan Alexander Vinokourov Astana 163
3 Spain Alejandro Valverde Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears 147
4 Spain Samuel Sánchez Euskaltel-Euskadi 107
5 Germany Erik Zabel Team Milram 104
6 Australia Stuart O'Grady Team CSC 104
7 Spain Francisco Ventoso Saunier Duval-Prodir 99
8 Kazakhstan Andrey Kashechkin Astana 95
9 Spain Carlos Sastre Team CSC 93
10 Spain José Ángel Gómez Marchante Saunier Duval-Prodir 68

Mountains classification[edit]

In 2006, the leader of the climbers classification (or King of the Mountains) wears the orange jersey sponsored by Ford. In recent years, the KoM wore a red jersey.

Rank Rider Team Points
1 Spain Egoi Martínez Discovery Channel 129
2 Italy Pietro Caucchioli Crédit Agricole 117
3 Spain Alejandro Valverde Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears 98
4 Kazakhstan Andrey Kashechkin Astana 84
5 Kazakhstan Alexander Vinokourov Astana 82
6 Spain José Miguel Elías Relax-Gam 70
7 Spain Igor Antón Euskaltel-Euskadi 67
8 Spain Carlos Sastre Team CSC 63
9 Spain José Ángel Gómez Marchante Saunier Duval-Prodir 60
10 Spain David Arroyo Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears 58

Combination classification[edit]

In 2006, the leader of the combinations classification wears the white jersey. In 2005, the rider with the lowest cumulative rank of all classifications wore a gold-green jersey.

Rank Rider Team Points
1 Kazakhstan Alexander Vinokourov Astana 8
2 Spain Alejandro Valverde Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears 8
3 Kazakhstan Andrey Kashechkin Astana 15
4 Spain Carlos Sastre Team CSC 21
5 Spain José Ángel Gómez Marchante Saunier Duval-Prodir 24
6 Spain Samuel Sánchez Euskaltel-Euskadi 25
7 United States Tom Danielson Discovery Channel 28
8 Spain Egoi Martínez Discovery Channel 31
9 Spain Igor Antón Euskaltel-Euskadi 39
10 Spain Manuel Beltrán Discovery Channel 43

Teams classification[edit]

Rank Team Time
1 United States Discovery Channel 201h 59' 16"
2 Spain Astana 15' 25"
3 Spain Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears 25' 33"
4 Spain Euskaltel-Euskadi 32' 13"
5 Denmark Team CSC 52' 56"
6 Spain Saunier Duval-Prodir 1h 40' 02"
7 Italy Lampre-Fondital 1h 43' 20"
8 France AG2R Prévoyance 2h 02' 55"
9 Spain Relax-GAM 2h 16' 26"
10 France Cofidis 2h 20' 33"

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