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environment first
a select dictionary

The Spanish version of a cycle race around all its country starts today in Seville. A bit younger than the world-renowned Tour de France at seventy-five years, this year’s Vuelta is going to be truly ecological. This ties in well with Spain’s burgeoning alternative energies industry, both solar and wind.

Watching the Vuelta in Spain is very similar to watching the Tour in France. abelard.org has several pages giving general advice on how to be a effective road-side spectator.

Don’t forget, the Vuelta is being broadcast on 24 TV channels worldwide, including Eurosport UK.

You can follow the day-to-day details of the Vuelta at the highly disorganised official website. This linked entry page is crude. To reach the more useful daily information, click on the word ‘route’ on the horizontal menu, or go directly to this page. Now go down to where the bar reads maps and routes, with tabs to access things like the profile and the last 3 km. On these pages as well, you may need to scroll down for any benefit. The Vuelta organisers could learn a lot by looking at the Tour de France website.

In the hot southern countryside, there are long stretches empty of anything except lovely semi-desert landscape. Occasionally, there maybe one person sheltering from the belting sun under a tree, even on climbs where in France the way would be seething with fêting followers. The crowding is often far less oppressive, or exciting according to your taste.

the spanish vuelta

This year, La Vuelta is 3,352.6 km/2,083.2 miles long

There are twenty-two teams:

AG2R, Andalucía-CajaSur, Astaná, Bbox Bouygues Telecom, Caisse d'Epargne, Cervélo, Cofidis, Euskaltel-Euskadi, Footon-Servetto, FDJ, Garmin-Transitions, HTC-Columbia, Katusha, Lampre, Liquigas-Doimo, Milram, Omega Pharma-Lotto, Quick Step, Rabobank, Saxo Bank, Sky y Xacobeo-Galicia.


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There are 21 stages:
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There are 198 riders and here is the list of their names and rider numbers:

CERVÉLO TEST TEAM - CTT
001 CUESTA Íñigo
002 BOS Theo
003 DEIGNAN Philip
004 DENIFL Stefan
005 FLORENCIO Xavier
006 PUJOL Óscar
007 HUSHOVD Thor
008 SASTRE Carlos
009 TONDO Xavier

AG2R LA MONDIALE - ALM
011 ROCHE Nicolas
012 ARRIETA José Luis
013 BONNAFOND Guillaume
014 DUPONT Hubert
015 HINAULT Sébastien
016 KADRI Biel
017 NOCENTINI Rinaldo
018 RIBLON Christophe
019 TURPIN Ludovic

ANDALUCÍA-CAJASUR - ACA
021 GÓMEZ MARCHANTE José A.
022 MONTENEGRO Jorge Martín
023 CARRASCO Sergio
024 ESTRADA Juan Javier
025 MORENO Javier
026 ORTEGA Manuel
027 PIEDRA Antonio
028 RAMÍREZ ABEJA Javier
029 TORIBIO José Vicente

ASTANÁ - AST
031 RENEV Sergey
032 BAZAYEV Assan
033 DAVIS Allan
034 DYACHENKO Alexsandr
035 FOFONOV Dmitriy
036 GASPAROTTO Enrico
037 IGLINSKIY Valentin
038 JUFRE Josep
039 ZEITS Andrey

BBOX BOUYGUES TELECOM - BTL
041 TSCHOPP Johann
042 BONNET William
043 BICHOT, Freddy
044 JEROME Vincent
045 PICHOT Alexandre
046 QUEMENEUR Perrig
047 ROLLAND Pierre
048 SPRICK Matthieu
049 VOGONDY Nicolas

CAISSE D'EPARGNE - GCE
051 ARROYO David
052 BRUSEGHIN Marzio
053 ERVITI Imanol
054 GARCÍA ACOSTA Chente
055 LÓPEZ David
056 PASAMONTES Luis
057 PLAZA Rubén
058 SÁNCHEZ Luis León
059 URÁN Rigoberto

COFIDIS, LE CREDIT EN LIGNE - COF
061 DUMOULIN Samuel
062 GALLOPIN Tony
063 BUFFAZ Mickaël
064 LABBE Arnaud
065 MONCOUTIE David
066 PAURIOL Rémi
067 SIJMENS Nico
068 MINARD Sébastien
069 ZINGLE Romain

EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI - EUS
071 ANTÓN Igor
072 FERNÁNDEZ Koldo
073 INTXAUSTI Beñat
074 MARTÍNEZ Egoi
075 NIEVE Mikel
076 OROZ Juan José
077 TXURRUKA Amets
078 URTASUN Pablo
079 VERDUGO Gorka

FOOTON-SERVETTO - FOT
081 BENÍTEZ José
082 CARDOSO Manuel
083 CHEULA Giampaolo
084 DURÁN Arkaitz
085 GUTIÉRREZ David
086 MATA Enrique
087 PEDERSEN Martin
088 WALKER Johnnie
089 VITORIA David

FDJ
091 LE MEVEL Christophe
092 DI GREGORIO Rémy
093 CAZAUX Pierre
094 CHAVANEL Sébastien
095 CHEREL Mikael
096 HUTAROVICH Yauheni
097 MEERSMAN Gianni
098 OFFREDO Yoann
099 VICHOT Arthur

GARMIN - TRANSITIONS - GRM
101 DANIELSON Thomas
102 DEAN Julian
103 FARRAR Tyler
104 KREDER Michel
105 MILLAR David
106 PETERSON Thomas
107 VANDEVELDE Christian
108 WILSON Matthew
109 ZABRISKIE David

LAMPRE-FARNESE VINI - LAM
111 PETACCHI Alessandro
112 BOLE Grega
113 HONDO Danilo
114 KASHECHKIN Andrey
115 FURLAN Angelo
116 MARZANO Marco
117 MORI Manuele
118 PIETROPOLLI Daniele
119 RIGHI Daniele

LIQUIGAS-DOIMO - LIQ
121 BENNATI Daniele
122 FINETTO Mauro
123 GUARNIERI Jacopo
124 PATERSKI Maciej
125 KREUZIGER Roman
126 NIBALI Vincenzo
127 ZAUGG Oliver
128 SANTAROMITA Ivan
129 WILLEMS Frederik

OMEGA PHARMA-LOTTO - OLO
131 BAKELANDTS Jan
132 VAN GOOLEN Jurgen
133 DELAGE Mickael
134 GILBERT Philippe
135 HOSTE Leif
136 KAISEN Olivier
137 PERAUD Jean-Christophe
138 VAN AVERMAET Greg
139 VANENDERT Jelle

QUICK STEP - QST
141 BARREDO Carlos
142 CATALDO Dario
143 DE WEERT Kevin
144 MAES Nikolas
145 MALACARNE Davide
146 SAMOLLAU Branislau
147 STAUFF Andreas
148 TOSATTO Matteo
149 WEYLANDT Wouter

RABOBANK - RAB
151 ARDILA Mauricio
152 FREIRE Óscar
153 GARATE Juan Manuel
154 KOZONTCHUK Dmitry
155 LANGEVELD Sebastian
156 NIERMANN Grischa
157 MENCHOV Denis
158 TEN DAM Laurens
159 NUYENS Nick

SKY PROFESSIONAL CYCLING TEAM - SKY
161 LÖVKVIST Thomas
162 AUGUSTYN John-Lee
163 CARLSTRÖM Kjell
164 FLECHA Juan Antonio
165 GERRANS Simon
166 KENNAUGH Peter
167 NORDHAUG Lars Petter
168 STANNARD Ian
169 SWIFT Ben

TEAM HTC - COLUMBIA - THR
171 BAK Lars Ytting
172 CAVENDISH Mark
173 EISEL Bernhard
174 GOSS Matthew Harley
175 ROULSTON Hayden
176 SIUTSOU Kanstantsin
177 VAN GARDEREN Tejay
178 VELITS Martin
179 VELITS Peter

TEAM KATUSHA - KAT
181 RODRÍGUEZ Joaquín
182 CARUSO Gianpaolo
183 GALIMZYANOV Denis
184 GUSEV Vladimir
185 HORRACH Joan
186 KARPETS Vladimir
187 KOLOBNEV Alexandr
188 IGNATIEV Mikhail
189 POZZATO Filippo

TEAM MILRAM - MRM
191 FORSTER Robert
192 FOTHEN Markus
193 EICHLER Markus
194 GUSTOV Volodymir
195 FRÖHLINGER Johannes
196 SCHRÖDER Björn
197 SENTJENS Roy
198 TERPSTRA Niki
199 VOSS Paul

TEAM SAXO BANK - SAX
201 LUND Anders
202 CANCELLARA Fabian
203 KLOSTERGAARD Kasper
204 HAEDO Juan José
205 KLEMME Domenik
206 LARSSON Gustav
207 O'GRADY Stuart
208 SCHLECK Andy
209 SCHLECK Frank

XACOBEO-GALICIA - XAC
211 MOSQUERA Ezequiel
212 CÉSAR VELOSO Gustavo
213 FERNÁNDEZ Delio
214 GARCÍA David
215 GARCÍA Marcos
216 ISAICHEV Vladimir
217 MARTÍNEZ Serafín
218 RABUÑAL Gonzalo
219 RODRÍGUEZ Gustavo

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team time trial - saturday 28 august, in seville

Because Spain, especially further south and inland, is so hot in the summer, the first day’s racing is being held in th cool of the evening. Mind you, ‘cool’ is relative. For the earlier riders, the temperature is predicted at 33°C, while towards the end of the evening the temperature will fall to about 30°C. The show should be very pretty beneath the floodlights.

Here is the start times for the twenty-two teams, who are covering 16.5km this evening.:

1. Footon-Servetto 22:04
2. AG2R La Mondiale 22:08
3. Team Milram 22:12
4. Team Katusha 22:16
5. BBOX Bouygues Telecom 22:20
6. HTC-Columbia 22:24
7. Quick Step 22:28
8. Omega Pharma-Lotto 22:32
9. FDJ 22:36
10. Euskaltel-Euskadi 22:40
11. Lampre-Farese Vini 22:44
12. SKY Professional Cycling Team 22:48
13. Cofidis, le credit en ligne 22:52
14. Liquigas-Doimo 22:56
15. Xacobeo-Galicia 23:00
16. Garmin-Transitions 23:04
17. Astaná 23:08
18. Caisse d'Epargne 23:12
19. Team Saxo Bank 23:16
20. Rabobank 23:20
21. Cervélo Test Team 23:24
22. Andalucía-CajaSur 23:28

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environment first

To demostrate their commitment to sustainability, La Vuelta is taking actions this year to ensure a responsible use of energy and to reduce its environmental impact. In conjunction with this effort, this year’s main sponsor is the Institute for Diversification and Saving of Energy (I.D.A.E).

The Unipublic is providing 3,000 bidegradable bottles - the Nature Bottle - which degrade in one year, especially useful as the Vuelta rides through Natural Parks: Rat Penat, Lagos de Covadonga, Peña Cabarga, Bola del Mundo ...

As mentioned earlier, the lighting for the first stage is by LEDs.

Of course, there will be cleaning teams following the Vuelta, to return the countryside to its former clean state, or better, after a stage is completed.

Also, in towns through which the Vuelta passes, another sponsor kaWarna will develop projects to improve lighting efficiency in these municipalities.

a select dictionary

  • In Spanish, domestiques are called gregarios.
  • The hardest day’s cycling is called la etapa reina.
  • An uphill time trial is el chrono-escalada.
  • Bonk in Spanish is pájara.

 

The following is an exceeding boring book, almost like reading a telephone directory. It has notes on all previous runnings of the Vuelta. But in among the addresses and telephone numbers, you will discover all manner of hints on cycling tactics, with interposed examples of dubious practice and cheating. You will also find snippets on the disturbed political background of Spain, from right back to the Civil War and the Franco regime and up until modern times, against which the Vuelta has been held, or not held.

Viva La Vuelta! by Fallon and Bell

Viva La Vuelta!: The Story of Spain's Great Bike Race
by Lucy Fallon and Adrian Bell (foreword by Sean Kelly)

£16.10 [amazon.co.uk]

Mousehold Press, pbk, 2005
ISBN-10: 1874739404
ISBN-13: 978-1874739401

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