2014 Vuelta a España

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2014 Vuelta a España
2014 UCI World Tour, race 22 of 29
Race details
Dates 23 August – 14 September
Stages 21
Distance 3,181.5 km (1,977 mi)
Palmares
2013
2015

The 2014 Vuelta a España is currently taking place between 23 August and 14 September 2014 and will be the 69th edition of the race.[1] It will feature eight mountain stages, five hill stages, five flat stages, and three time trials (one team and two individual), two of which will appear at the beginning and end of the race. Jerez de la Frontera, on the Spanish south coast, will host the opening stage. The Vuelta will then arc counterclockwise, through the south-east and east of the country before crossing the north and finishing in Santiago de Compostela, the first time in 21 years that the race has finished outside Madrid.

Teams and riders[edit]

The 18 UCI World Tour teams were automatically entitled to start the race; four wildcard teams were also invited.

†: Invited UCI Pro Continental teams

Pre-race favourites[edit]

Before the start of the race, defending champion, Chris Horner, 2014 Giro d'Italia champion Nairo Quintana, Joaquim Rodríguez and Alejandro Valverde were among the favourites for overall victory. After abandoning the Tour de France, Chris Froome [2] and Alberto Contador [3] announced they would compete in the Vuelta.[4] Other possible contenders could emerge from Wilco Kelderman, Carlos Betancur, Fabio Aru, Thibaut Pinot, Ryder Hesjedal, Rigoberto Urán, Andrew Talansky & Dan Martin.

On August 22, the day before the Vuelta was scheduled to begin, cyclingnews.com reported that Chris Horner would no longer start the race due to low levels of cortisol. This is because Lampre-Merida are part of the Mouvement Pour un Cyclisme Credible (MPCC) which forbids cyclists from racing when cortisol concentrations drop below a specificed threshold.[5]

Route and stages[edit]

Stage Date Course Distance Type[6] Winner
1 23 August Jerez de la Frontera 12.6 km (7.8 mi) Team time trial Team time trial Movistar Team
2 24 August Algeciras – San Fernando 174.4 km (108.4 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat stage  Nacer Bouhanni (FRA)
3 25 August Cádiz – Arcos de la Frontera 188 km (117 mi) Hillystage.svg Hilly stage  Michael Matthews (AUS)
4 26 August Mairena del Alcor – Córdoba 172.6 km (107.2 mi) Mediummountainstage.svg Medium-mountain stage  John Degenkolb (GER)
5 27 August Priego de Córdoba – Ronda 182.3 km (113.3 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat stage  John Degenkolb (GER)
6 28 August Benalmádena – Cumbres Verdes, La Zubia 157.7 km (98.0 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage  Alejandro Valverde (SPA)
7 29 August Alhendín – Alcaudete 165.4 km (102.8 mi) Hillystage.svg Hilly stage  Alessandro De Marchi (ITA)
8 30 August Baeza – Albacete 207.4 km (128.9 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat stage  Nacer Bouhanni (FRA)
9 31 August Carboneras de Guadazaón – Aramón Valdelinares 181 km (112 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage
1 September Rest day
10 2 September Monasterio de Santa María de Veruela – Borja 34.5 km (21.4 mi) Time trial Individual time trial
11 3 September Pamplona – Santuario de San Miguel de Aralar 151 km (94 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage
12 4 September Logroño – Logroño 168 km (104 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat stage
13 5 September Belorado – Obregón, Parque de Cabárceno 182 km (113 mi) Mediummountainstage.svg Medium-mountain stage
14 6 September Santander – La Camperona, Valle de Sábero 199 km (124 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage
15 7 September Oviedo – Lagos de Covadonga 149 km (93 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage
16 8 September San Martín del Rey Aurelio – La Farrapona, Lagos de Somiedo 158.8 km (98.7 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage
9 September Rest day
17 10 September Ortigueira – A Coruña 174 km (108 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat stage
18 11 September A Estrada – Mont Castrove, Meis 173.5 km (107.8 mi) Mediummountainstage.svg Medium-mountain stage
19 12 September Salvaterra de Miño – Cangas do Morrazo 176.5 km (109.7 mi) Mediummountainstage.svg Medium-mountain stage
20 13 September Santo Estevo de Ribas de Sil – Puerto de Ancares 163.8 km (101.8 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage
21 14 September Santiago de Compostela 10 km (6.2 mi) Time trial Individual time trial

Classification leadership table[edit]

There were four main classifications contested in the 2014 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 2014, 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 Categoria Especial, first, second or third 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.

Stage Winner General classification
Jersey red.svg
Points classification
Jersey green.svg
Mountains classification
Jersey blue dotted.png
Combination classification
Jersey white.svg
Team classification Combativity award
1 Movistar Team Jonathan Castroviejo not awarded not awarded not awarded Movistar Team not awarded
2 Nacer Bouhanni Alejandro Valverde Nacer Bouhanni Nathan Haas Valerio Conti Javier Aramendia
3 Michael Matthews Michael Matthews Lluís Mas Lluís Mas Belkin Pro Cycling Lluís Mas
4 John Degenkolb Michael Matthews Valerio Conti Amets Txurruka
5 John Degenkolb John Degenkolb Sergio Pardilla Pim Ligthart
6 Alejandro Valverde Alejandro Valverde Alejandro Valverde Pim Ligthart
7 Alessandro De Marchi Ryder Hesjedal
8 Nacer Bouhanni Javier Aramendia
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Final
Notes
  • In Stage 4 Danilo Wyss, who was second in the combination classification, wore the white jersey, because Lluís Mas (in first place) wore the blue polka-dot jersey as leader of the mountains classification during that stage.
  • In Stage 5, John Degenkolb, who was second in the points classification, wore the green jersey, because Michael Matthews (in first place) wore the red jersey as leader of the general classification during that stage.
  • In Stage 7 to 9, Chris Froome, who was second in the combination classification, wore the white jersey, because Alejandro Valverde (in first place) wore the red jersey as leader of the general classification during that stage.

Classification standings[edit]

Legend
  Red jersey   Denotes the leader of the General classification   Blue polka dot jersey   Denotes the leader of the Mountains classification
  Green jersey   Denotes the leader of the Points classification   White jersey   Denotes the leader of the Combination rider classification

General classification[edit]

Standings after Stage 8

Rider Team Time
1  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Jersey red.svgJersey white.svg Movistar Team 31h 21' 20"
2  Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team + 15"
3  Alberto Contador (ESP) Team Tinkoff-Saxo + 18"
4  Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky + 20"
5  Esteban Chaves (COL) Orica-GreenEDGE + 41"
6  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha + 45"
7  Robert Gesink (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling + 55"
8  Fabio Aru (ITA) Astana + 58"
9  Warren Barguil (FRA) Giant-Shimano + 1' 02"
10  Wilco Kelderman (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling + 1' 06"

Points classification[edit]

Standings after Stage 8

Rider Team Points
1  John Degenkolb (GER) Green jersey Giant-Shimano 87
2  Nacer Bouhanni (FRA) FDJ.fr 74
3  Michael Matthews (AUS) Orica-GreenEDGE 71
4  Dan Martin (IRL) Garmin-Sharp 42
5  Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky 38
6  Jasper Stuyven (BEL) Trek Factory Racing 34
7  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Red jerseyJersey white.svg Movistar Team 32
8  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha 32
9  Lloyd Mondory (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale 31
10  Roberto Ferrari (ITA) Lampre-Merida 30

King of the Mountains classification[edit]

Standings after Stage 8

Rider Team Points
1  Lluís Mas (ESP) Blue polka-dot jersey Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 18
2  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Red jerseyJersey white.svg Movistar Team 10
3  Jérôme Cousin (FRA) Team Europcar 10
4  Johann Tschopp (SWI) IAM Cycling 8
5  Amets Txurruka (ESP) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 7
6  Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky 6
7  Danilo Wyss (SWI) BMC Racing Team 6
8  Winner Anacona (COL) Lampre-Merida 5
9  Ryder Hesjedal (CAN) Garmin-Sharp 5
10  Pim Ligthart (NED) Lotto-Belisol 5

Combination classification[edit]

Standings after Stage 8

Rider Team Points
1  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Red jerseyJersey white.svg Movistar Team 10
2  Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky 15
3  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha 28
4  Alberto Contador (ESP) Team Tinkoff-Saxo 29
5  Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team 40
6  Sergio Pardilla (ESP) MTN Qhubeka 78
7  Ryder Hesjedal (CAN) Garmin-Sharp 80
8  Danilo Wyss (SWI) BMC Racing Team 110
9  Hubert Dupont (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale 110
10  Kristian Sbaragli (ITA) MTN Qhubeka 117

Team classification[edit]

Standings after Stage 7

Pos. Team Time
1 Belkin Pro Cycling 80h 10' 53"
2 Movistar Team + 45"
3 Team Katusha + 2' 28"
4 BMC Racing Team + 2' 36"
5 Cofidis + 3' 37"
6 Omega Pharma-Quick Step + 5' 52"
7 Astana + 6' 00"
8 Team Tinkoff-Saxo + 7' 26"
9 Garmin-Sharp + 7' 32"
10 Lampre-Merida + 10' 51"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 Vuelta a España". lavuelta. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Froome talks about devastating Tour de France abandon". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  3. ^ Sadhbh O'Shea. "Contador announces he will ride the Vuelta a Espana". Cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  4. ^ "Team Sky Announces Roster for Vuelta a Espana 2014 | RoadCycling.com". RoadCycling.com. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 
  5. ^ http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/chris-horner-out-of-vuelta-a-espana-due-to-low-cortisol-levels
  6. ^ "La Vuelta route". Retrieved 23 July 2014. 

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