After Philippe Gilbert’s crash in the Eneco Tour the other day that resulted in 8 stitches, it’s been a worry that he won’t be able to race the Vuelta. He’s in Spain now, testing his legs on some rides, to see if he can put the power down. Fingers crossed that the world champion will start on Saturday.
We’re not just all talk here at VeloVoices, although it does get boisterous at times! We’re all about the visuals as well and Kitty has been lucky enough to find a real VeloEye just down the road from her in Richmond upon Thames. Roz Jones is a cycling photographer as well as a partner in On The Road Cycling Tours. Kitty invited Roz over for a chat …
Kitty: First of all, thanks for coming to VeloVoices Towers – feel free to help yourself to the drinks trolley. First off, tell me how you got interested in cycling and who your favourite riders are.
Roz: I began watching the Tour de France on Eurosport in 2002 when I was at university and loved it. Continue reading
Many of the riders who rode the 2011 Vuelta a Espana said it was the hardest Grand Tour they had ever tackled. Our initial view of this year’s route, which was unveiled in Pamplona today, suggests that 2012 will be even tougher.
The key features of the 2012 Vuelta route are:
- This will be the 67th edition of the Vuelta.
- Starts Saturday August 18th in Pamplona, ends Sunday September 9th in Madrid.
- 21 stages covering 3,300km, with rest days after stages 9 & 16.
- Ten uphill finishes, of which six are in the ‘alta montana’ high mountains (equivalent to ‘hors categorie’ at the Tour de France).
- Two time trials: one team, one individual.