Vuelta a Espana 2014 – Stages 1, 2 and 3

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With the USA Pro Cycling Challenge 2014 now completed another huge race that is considered the third jewel in racing circuits, the Vuelta de España, began on Saturday, August 23rd. Its conclusion will be on Sunday September 14th and we are just in time to follow the rest of this prestigious race and the ultimate winner of the Red Jersey.

Vuelta de España is made up of 21 stages and a total distance of 2013 miles (3239.9 km). This is a recap of what thus far has transpired.

Stage 1

The Vuelta de España’s Stage 1 was a team time trial (TTT) which is a race against the clock by individual teams rather than individual cyclists. The course for this years entires consisted of a flat 7.8 miles (12.6 km). the short but technical course required that a minimum  of five riders reached the line together.

 

The winner was the Spanish Movistar team at a time of 14 minutes 13 seconds. Cannondale of Italy was second at 6 seconds behind Movistar.

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Results of Stage 1 Saturday August 23rd

1. Movistar of Spain
2. Cannondale of Italy
3. Orica-GreenEdge of Australia
4. Trek Factory-Racing of the Unites States
5. Omega Pharma-Quick Step of Belgium

Overall Classification Results

1.    Jonathan Castroviejo of Spain (Movistar)
2.    Alejandro Valverde of Spain (Movistar)
3.    Andrey Amador of Czech Republic (Movistar)
4.    Imanol Erviti of Spain (Movistar)
5.    Javier Moreno of Spain (Movistar)

Stage 2

Vuelta a Espana 2014 stage 2 was from Algeciras to San Fernando a distance of mostly flat 108.3 miles (174.4 km). There was a short climb of 1000 feet for 6 miles. The route reaches across the southernmost tip of Spain near Gibraltar.

 

stage-2-route
Nacer Bouhanni of France won Vuelta a Espana’s Stage 2 at a time of 4 hours 1 minute 30 seconds. A heavy favorite from the Tour de France who dropped out to meet the Vuelta’s challenge, Alejandro Valverde of Spain (Moviestar) was designated as the Overall leader and was the first wearer of the Red Jersey.
Nacer Bouhanni

 
 Stage 2 Results Sunday August 24th

1.    Nacer Bouhanni of France  (FDJ)
2.    John Degenkolb of Germany (Giant-Shimano)
3.    Roberto Ferrari of Italy (Lampre-Merida)
4.     Jasper Stuyven of Belgium (Trek Factory Racing)
5.    Francesco Lasca of Italy (Caja Rura)

Overall Classification Results

1.    Alejandro Valverde of Spain (Movistar)   4:15:43
2.    Nairo Quintana of Colombia (Movistar)
3.     Andrey Amador of Costa Rica (Movistar)
4.     Jonathan Castroviejo of Spain (Movistar)
5.     Imanol Erviti of Spain (Movistar)

Stage 3

Stage 3 lead the peloton on a 123-mile (197.8 km)  journey from Cadiz to Arcos de la Frontera, The stage began flat and then 35 miles (55 km) into the course, finally brought the group into a more hillier terrain. They faced three category 3 climbs before the final stretch towards Arcos.
stage-3-route

 
Australian Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) won the stage clocking in at 5 hours 12 minutes 14 second.  Besides the win, he obtained enough in bonus seconds to remove Spain’s Alejandro Valverde’s (Movistar) red jersey for himself with Nairo Quintana of Colombia a mere 5 seconds behind.

 

Michael Matthews

Stage 3 Results Monday August 25th

1. Michael Matthews of Australia (Orica-GreenEdge)
2. Daniel Martin of Ireland (Garmin-Sharp)
3. Joaquim Rodriguez of Spain (Katusha)
4. Wilco Kelderman of the Netherlands (Belkin)
5. Paul Martens of Germany (Belkin)

Overall Classification Results

1.    Michael Matthews of Australia (Orica-GreenEdge)
2.    Nairo Quintana of Colombia (Movistar)
3.    Alejandro Valverde of Spain (Movistar)
4.     Rigoberto Uran of Colombia (Omega Pharma-QuickStep
5.     Damiano Caruso of Italy (Cannondale)

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