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57th Vuelta a España

Spain, September 7- 29, 2002

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Stage 2 - September 8: Valencia - Alcoy, 144.7 km


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Stage description

Start time: 13:44 CEST
Finish time: 17:15 CEST

Stage two will see the riders leave Valencia towards the first of the big climbs of this years Vuelta, Alto del Portillol, a category one climb of 500 metres over eight kilometres. With this climb just under eighty kilometres into stage two, it will certainly wipe any smiles from the faces of the riders. A second, easier climb up to El Revolcat will give the riders an easy 20km ride before the short climb into Alcoi. Good team tactics will be needed if the teams wish to have their sprinters among the front group.

Previous Vuelta's have seen huge crowds forming to view the race, so once again we should see a large number of cheering race fans lining the route. The people of Alcoi actually get twice the viewing pleasure, as the race visits Alcoi twice in the final 30 kilometres of the stage.