2014 Vuelta a España
|2014 UCI World Tour, race 22 of 29|
|Dates||23 August – 14 September|
|Distance||3,181.5 km (1,977 mi)|
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. 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.
- 1 Teams and riders
- 2 Route and stages
- 3 Classification leadership table
- 4 Classification standings
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Teams and riders
The 18 UCI World Tour teams were automatically entitled to start the race; four wildcard teams were also invited.
†: Invited UCI Pro Continental teams
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  and Alberto Contador  announced they would compete in the Vuelta. 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.
Route and stages
|1||23 August||Jerez de la Frontera||12.6 km (7.8 mi)||Team time trial||Movistar Team|
|2||24 August||Algeciras – San Fernando||174.4 km (108.4 mi)||Flat stage||Nacer Bouhanni (FRA)|
|3||25 August||Cádiz – Arcos de la Frontera||188 km (117 mi)||Hilly stage||Michael Matthews (AUS)|
|4||26 August||Mairena del Alcor – Córdoba||172.6 km (107.2 mi)||Medium-mountain stage||John Degenkolb (GER)|
|5||27 August||Priego de Córdoba – Ronda||182.3 km (113.3 mi)||Flat stage||John Degenkolb (GER)|
|6||28 August||Benalmádena – Cumbres Verdes, La Zubia||157.7 km (98.0 mi)||Mountain stage||Alejandro Valverde (SPA)|
|7||29 August||Alhendín – Alcaudete||165.4 km (102.8 mi)||Hilly stage||Alessandro De Marchi (ITA)|
|8||30 August||Baeza – Albacete||207.4 km (128.9 mi)||Flat stage||Nacer Bouhanni (FRA)|
|9||31 August||Carboneras de Guadazaón – Aramón Valdelinares||181 km (112 mi)||Mountain stage|
|1 September||Rest day|
|10||2 September||Monasterio de Santa María de Veruela – Borja||34.5 km (21.4 mi)||Individual time trial|
|11||3 September||Pamplona – Santuario de San Miguel de Aralar||151 km (94 mi)||Mountain stage|
|12||4 September||Logroño – Logroño||168 km (104 mi)||Flat stage|
|13||5 September||Belorado – Obregón, Parque de Cabárceno||182 km (113 mi)||Medium-mountain stage|
|14||6 September||Santander – La Camperona, Valle de Sábero||199 km (124 mi)||Mountain stage|
|15||7 September||Oviedo – Lagos de Covadonga||149 km (93 mi)||Mountain stage|
|16||8 September||San Martín del Rey Aurelio – La Farrapona, Lagos de Somiedo||158.8 km (98.7 mi)||Mountain stage|
|9 September||Rest day|
|17||10 September||Ortigueira – A Coruña||174 km (108 mi)||Flat stage|
|18||11 September||A Estrada – Mont Castrove, Meis||173.5 km (107.8 mi)||Medium-mountain stage|
|19||12 September||Salvaterra de Miño – Cangas do Morrazo||176.5 km (109.7 mi)||Medium-mountain stage|
|20||13 September||Santo Estevo de Ribas de Sil – Puerto de Ancares||163.8 km (101.8 mi)||Mountain stage|
|21||14 September||Santiago de Compostela||10 km (6.2 mi)||Individual time trial|
Classification leadership table
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.
||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|
- 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.
|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|
Standings after Stage 8
|1||Alejandro Valverde (ESP)||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"|
Standings after Stage 8
|1||John Degenkolb (GER)||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)||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
Standings after Stage 8
|1||Lluís Mas (ESP)||Caja Rural-Seguros RGA||18|
|2||Alejandro Valverde (ESP)||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|
Standings after Stage 8
|1||Alejandro Valverde (ESP)||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|
Standings after Stage 7
|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"|
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