2009 Vuelta a España

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2009 Vuelta a España
2009 UCI World Ranking, race 23 of 24
Race details
Dates29 August–20 September
Distance3,292.3 km (2,046 mi)
Winning time87h 22' 37"
Winner  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (Caisse d'Epargne)
  Second  Samuel Sánchez (ESP) (Euskaltel–Euskadi)
  Third  Cadel Evans (AUS) (Silence–Lotto)

Points  André Greipel (GER) (Team Columbia–HTC)
Mountains  David Moncoutié (FRA) (Cofidis)
Combination  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (Caisse d'Epargne)
  Team Xacobeo–Galicia
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The 2009 Vuelta a España was the 64th Vuelta a España. The event took place from 29 August to 20 September 2009. For only the second time in the race's history, it began away from Spanish soil, with the race not in fact reaching Spain until Stage 5.

The 2009 Vuelta has been described as having an easy start and a hard finish.[1] This is because of the short individual time trial and three perfectly flat stages in the Netherlands (along with another in Spain in the race's first week), and eight of the final fourteen stages being mountain stages, with four mountaintop finishes.

The race was won by Spain's Alejandro Valverde who claimed his first grand tour victory.[2][3]


29 teams sought places in the race, of which 21 were initially invited to compete.[4] Fuji–Servetto, one of two UCI ProTour teams omitted from the list of invited teams, appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and were subsequently granted the right to enter. Team Katusha are thus the only ProTour team absent from the race.


For details see 2009 Vuelta a España, Stage 1 to Stage 11 and 2009 Vuelta a España, Stage 12 to Stage 21.

Stage characteristics and winners[5]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 29 Aug Assen (Netherlands) 4.8 km (3 mi) Time Trial.svg Individual time trial  Fabian Cancellara (SUI)
2 30 Aug Assen (Netherlands) to Emmen (Netherlands) 203.7 km (127 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat stage  Gerald Ciolek (GER)
3 31 Aug Zutphen (Netherlands) to Venlo (Netherlands) 189.7 km (118 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat stage  Greg Henderson (NZL)
4 1 Sept Venlo (Netherlands) to Liège (Belgium) 225.5 km (140 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat stage  André Greipel (GER)
2 Sept Rest/travel day
5 3 Sept Tarragona to Vinaròs 174.0 km (108 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat stage  André Greipel (GER)
6 4 Sept Xàtiva 176.8 km (110 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat stage  Borut Božič (SLO)
7 5 Sept Valencia 30.0 km (19 mi) Time Trial.svg Individual time trial  Fabian Cancellara (SUI)
8 6 Sept Alzira to Alto de Aitana 204.7 km (127 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage  Damiano Cunego (ITA)
9 7 Sept Alcoy to Xorret del Catí 188.8 km (117 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage  Gustavo César Veloso (ESP)
10 8 Sept Alicante to Murcia 171.2 km (106 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat stage  Simon Gerrans (AUS)
11 9 Sept Murcia to Caravaca de la Cruz 200.0 km (124 mi) Mediummountainstage.svg Transition stage  Tyler Farrar (USA)
10 Sept Rest day
12 11 Sept Almería to Alto de Velefique 179.3 km (111 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage  Ryder Hesjedal (CAN)
13 12 Sept Berja to Sierra Nevada 172.4 km (107 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage  David Moncoutié (FRA)
14 13 Sept Granada to La Pandera 157.0 km (98 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage  Damiano Cunego (ITA)
15 14 Sept Jaén to Córdoba 167.7 km (104 mi) Mediummountainstage.svg Transition stage  Lars Boom (NED)
16 15 Sept Córdoba to Puertollano 170.3 km (106 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat stage  André Greipel (GER)
17 16 Sept Ciudad Real to Talavera de la Reina 193.6 km (120 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat stage  Anthony Roux (FRA)
18 17 Sept Talavera de la Reina to Ávila 165.0 km (103 mi) Mediummountainstage.svg Transition stage  Philip Deignan (IRL)
19 18 Sept Ávila to La Granja de San Ildefonso 179.8 km (112 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage  Juan José Cobo (ESP)
 Alejandro Valverde (ESP)[6]
20 19 Sept Toledo 27.8 km (17 mi) Time Trial.svg Individual time trial  David Millar (GB)
21 20 Sept Rivas-Vaciamadrid to Madrid 110.2 km (68 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat stage  André Greipel (GER)
TOTAL 3,292.3 km (2,046 mi)

Classification leadership[edit]

In the 2009 Vuelta a España, four different jerseys are awarded. For the general classification, calculated by adding the finishing times of the stages per cyclist after deduction of time bonuses for high placings in stage finishes and at intermediate sprints, the leader receives a golden jersey. This classification is considered the most important of the Vuelta a España, and the winner of the general classification is considered the winner of the Vuelta.

Additionally, there is also a points classification, which awards a green jersey. In the points classification, cyclists receive points for finishing in the top 15 in a stage. The winner gets 25 points, second place 20, third 16, fourth 14, fifth 12, sixth 10, and one point per place less down the line, to a single point for fifteenth. In addition, some points can be won in intermediate sprints.

There is also a mountains classification, which awards a red jersey. In the mountains classifications, points were won by reaching the top of a mountain before other cyclists. Each climb is categorized, with most of the climbs being either first, second, third, or fourth category. There are also three "special category" climbs (equivalent to Hors Categorie in the Tour de France); these are the stage finishes on the Alto de Aitana, the Alto de Sierra Nevada, and the Sierra de La Pandera. These climbs award even more points than a first-category climb.

Finally, there is the combination classification. This is calculated by adding the rankings in the general, points and mountains classifications; the cyclist with the lowest combined ranking is the leader in the combination classification, and receives a white jersey.

There is also a classification for teams. In this classification, the times of the best three cyclists per stage are added, and the team with the lowest time is the leader.

Stage Winner General classification
Jersey gold.svg
Maillot Oro
Points classification
Jersey green.svg
Maillot Puntos
Mountains classification
Jersey red.svg
Maillot Montaña
Combination Classification
Jersey white.svg
Maillot Combinada
Team classification
Clasificación por equipos
1 Fabian Cancellara Fabian Cancellara Fabian Cancellara Not Awarded Fabian Cancellara Liquigas
2 Gerald Ciolek Tom Boonen Tom Leezer
3 Greg Henderson
4 André Greipel André Greipel Lars Boom Dominik Roels Team Columbia–HTC
5 André Greipel André Greipel Aitor Hernández Serafín Martínez Liquigas
6 Borut Božič José Antonio López
7 Fabian Cancellara Fabian Cancellara Dominik Roels Garmin–Slipstream
8 Damiano Cunego Cadel Evans David Moncoutie Cadel Evans Caisse d'Epargne
9 Gustavo Cesar Veloso Alejandro Valverde
10 Simon Gerrans David De La Fuente
11 Tyler Farrar David Moncoutie
12 Ryder Hesjedal Alejandro Valverde
13 David Moncoutie
14 Damiano Cunego Alejandro Valverde
15 Lars Boom Xacobeo–Galicia
16 André Greipel André Greipel
17 Anthony Roux
18 Philip Deignan
19 Juan José Cobo[7]
Alejandro Valverde
20 David Millar
21 André Greipel
Final Alejandro Valverde André Greipel David Moncoutié Alejandro Valverde Xacobeo–Galicia
Jersey wearers when one rider is leading two or more competitions

If a cyclist leads two or more competitions at the end of a stage, he receives all those jerseys. In the next stage, he can only wear one jersey, and he wears the jersey representing leadership in the most important competition (golden first, then green, then red, then white). The other jerseys that the cyclists owns are worn in the next stage by the second-place (or, if needed, third or fourth-place) rider in that classification.

Final standings[edit]

After stage 21

Teams Classification[edit]

Team Time
1 Xacobeo–Galicia 261h 57' 19"
2 Caisse d'Epargne + 23' 43"
3 Astana + 31' 39"
4 Cofidis + 39' 37"
5 Fuji–Servetto + 52' 13"
6 Rabobank + 57' 35"
7 Euskaltel–Euskadi + 1h 04' 40"
8 Silence–Lotto + 1h 07' 04"
9 Cervélo TestTeam + 1h 19' 27"
10 Liquigas + 1h 34' 05"

World Rankings points[edit]

The Vuelta was the penultimate event in the 2009 UCI World Ranking. The rankings leader, Alberto Contador, did not compete in the event, but five of the top ten did, including the race winner, Valverde, who earned enough points to ensure that the title was not yet decided. Valverde, however, remained banned from riding in Italy, and so did not take part in the final ranking event, the 2009 Giro di Lombardia.


Rider Team Nationality Stage points Points for final position Total
Alejandro Valverde Caisse d'Epargne  Spain 18 170 188
Samuel Sánchez Euskaltel–Euskadi  Spain 14 130 144
Cadel Evans Silence–Lotto  Australia 10 100 110
Ezequiel Mosquera Xacobeo–Galicia  Spain 12 80 92
Ivan Basso Liquigas  Italy 1 90 91
Robert Gesink Rabobank  Netherlands 11 70 81
André Greipel Team Columbia–HTC  Germany 73 73
Philip Deignan Cervélo TestTeam  Ireland 16 44 60
Joaquim Rodríguez Caisse d'Epargne  Spain 60 60
Juan José Cobo Fuji–Servetto  Spain 16 38 54
Paolo Tiralongo Lampre–NGC  Italy 52 52
Damiano Cunego Lampre–NGC  Italy 33 33
Daniel Moreno Caisse d'Epargne  Spain 1 32 33
Fabian Cancellara Team Saxo Bank   Switzerland 32 32
Tyler Farrar Garmin–Slipstream  United States 31 31
Borut Božič Vacansoleil  Slovenia 28 28
Johnny Hoogerland Vacansoleil  Netherlands 26 26
Ryder Hesjedal Garmin–Slipstream  Canada 24 24
David Millar Garmin–Slipstream  United Kingdom 24 24
David Moncoutié Cofidis  France 24 24
Daniele Bennati Liquigas  Italy 23 23
Daniel Navarro Astana  Spain 22 22
William Bonnet Bbox Bouygues Telecom  France 18 18
Gustavo Cesar Xacobeo–Galicia  Spain 18 18
Gerald Ciolek Team Milram  Germany 18 18
Haimar Zubeldia Astana  Spain 18 18
Tom Boonen Quick-Step  Belgium 17 17
Lars Boom Rabobank  Netherlands 16 16
Jakob Fuglsang Team Saxo Bank  Denmark 16 16
Simon Gerrans Cervélo TestTeam  Australia 16 16
Greg Henderson Team Columbia–HTC  New Zealand 16 16
Anthony Roux Française des Jeux  France 16 16
Manuel Vázquez Contentpolis-Ampo  Spain 2 14 16
Vasil Kiryienka Caisse d'Epargne  Belarus 1 10 11
David Herrero Xacobeo–Galicia  Spain 10 10
Roman Kreuziger Liquigas  Czech Republic 9 9
David García Xacobeo–Galicia  Spain 8 8
Philippe Gilbert Silence–Lotto  Belgium 8 8
Bert Grabsch Team Columbia–HTC  Germany 8 8
Marco Marzano Lampre–NGC  Italy 8 8
Fabio Sabatini Liquigas  Italy 8 8
Sylwester Szmyd Liquigas  Poland 8 8
Wouter Weylandt Quick-Step  Belgium 8 8
Amaël Moinard Cofidis  France 6 6
Roger Hammond Cervélo TestTeam  United Kingdom 4 4
Leonardo Duque Cofidis  Colombia 4 4
Óscar Freire Rabobank  Spain 4 4
Jesús Hernández Astana  Spain 4 4
Marco Marcato Vacansoleil  Italy 4 4
Dominik Roels Team Milram  Germany 4 4
David de la Fuente Fuji–Servetto  Spain 2 2
Kevin De Weert Quick-Step  Belgium 2 2
Iñaki Isasi Euskaltel–Euskadi  Spain 2 2
Jens Mouris Vacansoleil  Netherlands 2 2
Francisco José Pacheco Contentpolis-Ampo  Spain 2 2
Marcel Sieberg Team Columbia–HTC  Germany 2 2
Davide Viganò Fuji–Servetto  Italy 2 2
Alexander Vinokourov Astana  Kazakhstan 2 2
Igor Antón Euskaltel–Euskadi  Spain 1 1
Adam Hansen Team Columbia–HTC  Australia 1 1
Sébastien Hinault Ag2r–La Mondiale  France 1 1
Maxim Iglinsky Astana  Kazakhstan 1 1
Marco Velo Quick-Step  Italy 1 1


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