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Shorter but more climbing
The 55th edition of La Vuelta a Espańa will start earlier than usual this year due to the Olympics in Sydney, on the 26th of August. More important though is that the race will be shorter at 2933 kms, but with more climbing than usual. The highlight, with its 23.6 per cent rise, will once again be the very tough Anglirú on the 12th of September. There are no less than five mountain finishes: Xorret de Cati on stage 5, Super-Molina on 10, Arcalis-Andorra on the 11th, Lagos de Covadonga on the 14th stage, Anglirú on the 16th stage and finally the Alto de Abantos on the 20th stage.
The first stage will be a 13.3 km ITT in Malaga and the last stage will also be an ITT, 36 km around Madrid on the 17th of September. Not content with just two time trials, there will be a 38 km ITT in Tarragona at about the halfway point.
Some comments from the presentation, December 1999:
The legendary Federico Martín Bahamontes puts his hopes not on Olano or even Escartin, but to Roberto Heras. "He is a complete rider, rides well in all sorts of terrain and is also a good time triallist. In the climbs, Jose Maria Jiménez will probably show his strength but he lacks character. I have adviced him but he does not want to accept my advice. I hope he changes with time because he is a great rider and could give many days of glory to Spanish cycling, " said the "Eagle of Toledo".
Abraham Olano said at the presentation last year that the organizers of the Vuelta of the 2000 have looked for the " television spectacle " when shortening the distance of the stages. "Shorter stages normally gives more aggressive riding which some riders might be paying for dearly," Olano comments. He was sorry that the profiles of all the ITT's - in Malaga, Barcelona and Madrid, have "nails" that will reduce the difference between the specialists against the clock and the climbers. He is also uncertain about the rest days: " I don't know if they will be of much use. The short stages increase the "voltage" in the peloton which causes more fatigue than days with many kilometers."
World Champion, Oscar Freire, was happy with the route because it runs through his native country of Cantabria. He will not be aiming for an overall win, but will focus on winning a stage as part of his preparation for the Sydney Olympics.
"I like the fact that they have reduced the kilometres, there is a stage in Cantabria, and because the rest days fall near there. I will try to obtain a stage win, and this will help my preparation for the Olympic Games and the World Championships," said Freire.
Igor González de Galdeano, who was second in last year's Vuelta, said today that the 55th edition is "innovative, because of the reduction in kilometers, more rest days, and more mountains. I hope that I will be riding it. I have very good memories of Arcalís when I gained my first golden jersey. I hope to be at my peak because La Vuelta is my number one objective," he commented.
González de Galdeano said about the rest days that "the body becomes quickly accustomed to the rest. On those days you relax a lot and when you return to compete you must be very alert so that the body will be at peak level."
In his opinion, the last week will be "spectacular". " Mainly in the ascents like the Xorret of the Catí that was promoted two years ago and, although shorter, it is as hard as the Angliru," he added.
Banesto team director, Eusebio Unzúe, told reporters that La Vuelta 2000 looks to be "exciting", "spectacular", "interesting", indicating that if the winner is decided in the Madrid time trial, the organizers would have prevailed.
However, Unzúe was "afraid that very selective points exist, so that the time trials are not decisive. The great new development is the two rest days. The excessive relaxation can be dangerous on the eve of the two stages in Asturias, although it is still a positive step because it will serve for the recovery of the riders before they face the efforts of the decisive stages," he added.
For him, the layout is suitable for two of his leaders, Jose Maria Jiménez and the Swiss Alex Zulle, who are both aiming to peak for La Vuelta.
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Frites 41 Txema Del Olmo Zendegi (Spa) 51 Steven Kleynen (Bel) 42 Ińigo Chaurreau Bernadez (Spa) 52 Jans Koerts Ned) 43 Unai Etxebarria Arana (Ven) 53 Glenn Magnusson (Swe) 44 Gorka Gerrikagoitia Arrien (Spa) 54 Guennadi Mikhailov (Rus) 45 Ramon Gonzalez Arrieta (Spa) 55 Dirk Ronellenfitsch Ger) 46 Roberto Laiseka Jaio (Spa) 56 Miquel van Kessel (Ned) 47 Alberto Lopez de Munain (Spa) 57 Gerben Löwik (Ned) 48 Alberto Martinez Trinidad (Spa) 58 Geert van Bondt (Bel) 49 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) 59 Remco van der Ven (Ned) Fassa Bortolo Festina Watches 61 Wladimir Belli (Ita) 71 Florent Brard (Fra) 62 Fabio Baldato (Ita) 72 Angel Casero Moreno (Spa) 63 Gabriele Balducci (Ita) 73 Rafael Casero Moreno (Spa) 64 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) 74 David Clinger (Usa) 65 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) 75 Giuseppe Di Grande (Ita) 66 Nicola Loda (Ita) 76 Felix Garcia Casas (Spa) 67 Andrea Peron (Ita) 77 Jaime Hernandez Bertran (Spa) 68 Raimundas Rumsas (Ltu) 78 Fabian Jeker (Swi) 69 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) 79 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