Key race facts
3,360 – In kilometres, this year’s total race distance.
175 – Number of finishers, out of 198 starters.
84:59:49 – Total race time for overall winner Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank), equivalent to an average speed of 39.5kph. (Although in reality it’s slightly slower in ‘real’ time if you discount time bonuses.)
3 – Spanish riders occupied all three steps on the final podium – Contador, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) – the first time this has happened since 2004 (Roberto Heras, Santi Perez and Francisco Mancebo).
7 – Number of Spanish riders in the final top 11 on GC.
4 – Only four riders wore the leader’s red jersey during the race: Movistar’s Jonathan Castroviejo and Valverde, Rodriguez and Contador.
0 – Number of days on which the race was led by a non-Spanish rider.
4 – Only four riders led the green jersey points competition during the race: John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano), Valverde, Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEDGE) and Rodriguez.
4 – Number of riders who led the polka dot jersey King of the Mountains competition: Javier Chacon (Andalucia), Pim Ligthart (Vacansoleil-DCM), Clarke and Valverde. Clarke regained the jersey on stage 14 and never relinquished it. He held the jersey for a total of 12 days.
0 – Having at one stage held three of the four individual jerseys simultaneously, as well as lying a close second in the mountains classification, Joaquim Rodriguez ended with none. He lost the points and all-round jerseys on the final stage.
29 – Number of riders who finished within an hour of Contador’s total time. Only two riders finished within ten minutes (Valverde and Rodriguez).
4:32:35 – Cheng Li (Argos-Shimano) was the last classified finisher, four hours and 32 minutes slower than Contador. Only eight stages took longer to complete than this.
1 – Cheng Li was the first Chinese rider ever to finish any of the three Grand Tours.
4 – Caja Rural’s Francisco Aramendia won the daily combativity prize for the most aggressive rider four times.
29 – Age of Alberto Contador.
1:16 – Contador’s winning margin over Valverde, representing just 0.025% of his total time.
2 – This was only the second time Contador has ridden the Vuelta – and his second overall victory.
5 – It is his fifth Grand Tour victory (excluding the 2010 Tour and the 2011 Giro, which he relinquished as a consequence of his back-dated two-year doping ban.
5 – He is only the fifth rider ever to win five Grand Tours before the age of 30.
1 – Stages won by Contador during the race (stage 17).
5 – Days in the red jersey for Contador, compared to 13 for Rodriguez.
0 – WorldTour points Contador earned for his team with his overall victory, due to his ban.
The stage winners
12 – Number of different stage winners.
4 – Number of riders with multiple stage victories: John Degenkolb (five), Joaquim Rodriguez (three), BMC’s Philippe Gilbert and Alejandro Valverde (two each).
8 – Different nationalities who won stages: Spain led the way with seven, followed by Germany (five), Belgium and Italy (two each), Australia, Sweden, Britain and Russia (one each).
10 – Only ten of the 22 teams won stages during the race, with Argos-Shimano leading the way with five, all courtesy of Degenkolb.
1 – Simon Clarke‘s win on stage four was his first professional race victory, in his fourth pro season. His last race win of any kind was in June 2008.
1 – Clarke’s victory in the King of the Mountains competition was the first Grand Tour jersey win for Orica-GreenEDGE in their debut season.
0 – Philippe Gilbert‘s victory total in 2012 before his two wins here.
And a few other random stats …
1 – Adam Hansen (Lotto-Belisol) became the only rider in 2012 to finish all three Grand Tours.
38 – Age of Matteo Tossato (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank), the oldest rider in the race.
21 – Age of Tom Dumloulin (Argos-Shinano), the youngest rider in the race.
48 – Number of Spanish riders who started the race, the most of any nation.
Some information courtesy of infostradalive.com.