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Vuelta a Espana 2008

The 2008 Vuelta a España was the 63rd edition of the Vuelta a España, one of cycling’s Grand Tours. The race began with a 7 km (4.3 mi) team time trial on 30 August in Granada. The Vuelta came to a close twenty-three days later with a 102.2 km (63.5 mi) flat stage, which brought the peloton into the streets of Madrid. Nineteen teams entered the race, which was won by the Spaniard Alberto Contador of Astana. Second and third respectively were the American Levi Leipheimer of Astana and the Spanish Carlos Sastre of CSC–Saxo Bank.

Alberto Contador first gained the race lead after the race’s thirteenth stage, which contained a summit finish on the Alto de El Angliru. Contador took the lead from Euskaltel–Euskadi’s Egoi Martínez, who had held the race lead for four stages. Through the first nine days of racing the race leader’s golden jersey had been worn by eight different riders. The day after Contador gained the lead of the race, he attacked again and won the stage, while also expanding his lead over his competitors. Contador lost about thirty seconds to his teammate Levi Leipheimer in the stage 20 individual time trial, but together he and Levi further distanced themselves from the other general classification contenders.

Contador’s win at the Vuelta allowed him to become the first Spaniard – and the fifth person in the history of cycling – to win all three Grand Tours in a career. At the age of 25, Contador became the youngest person to ever win all three Grand Tours. Contador was also the third cyclist to ever win the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta in the same calendar year. In addition to the general classification, Contador also won the combination classification. In the race’s other classifications, Silence–Lotto’s Greg Van Avermaet won the points classification and David Moncoutié of the Cofidis team won the mountains classification. Finally, Caisse d’Epargne won the team classification, which ranked each of the nineteen teams contesting the race by lowest cumulative time.

2008 Vuelta a España
Overview of the stages
Overview of the stages
Race details
Dates 30 August – 21 September
Stages 21
Distance 3,133.8 km (1,947 mi)
Winning time 80h 40′ 23″
Winner  Alberto Contador (ESP) (Astana)
Second  Levi Leipheimer (USA) (Astana)
Third  Carlos Sastre (ESP) (CSC–Saxo Bank)

Points  Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) (Silence–Lotto)
Mountains  David Moncoutié (FRA) (Cofidis)
Combination  Alberto Contador (ESP) (Astana)
Team Caisse d’Epargne
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  • Ag2r–La Mondiale
  • Andalucía-CajaSur†
  • Astana
  • Bouygues Télécom
  • Caisse d’Epargne
  • Cofidis
  • Crédit Agricole
  • Euskaltel–Euskadi
  • Française des Jeux
  • Gerolsteiner
  • Lampre
  • Liquigas
  • Team Milram
  • Quick-Step
  • Rabobank
  • CSC–Saxo Bank
  • Silence–Lotto
  • Tinkoff Credit Systems†
  • Xacobeo–Galicia†

Routes and Stages

Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 30 August Granada 7.7 km (5 mi) Time Trial.svg Team time trial Liquigas
2 31 August Granada to Jaén 167.3 km (104 mi) Plain stage Flat stage  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
3 1 September Jaén to Córdoba 168.6 km (105 mi) Plain stage Flat stage  Tom Boonen (BEL)
4 2 September Córdoba to Puertollano 170.3 km (106 mi) Plain stage Flat stage  Daniele Bennati (ITA)
5 3 September Ciudad Real 42.5 km (26 mi) Time Trial.svg Individual time trial  Levi Leipheimer (USA)
6 4 September Ciudad Real to Toledo 150.1 km (93 mi) Plain stage Flat stage  Paolo Bettini (ITA)
5 September Rest day
7 6 September Barbastro to Naturlandia-La Rabassa (Andorra) 223.2 km (139 mi) Mountain stage Mountain stage  Alessandro Ballan (ITA)
8 7 September Escaldes-Engordany (Andorra) to Plá de Beret 151 km (94 mi) Mountain stage Mountain stage  David Moncoutié (FRA)
9 8 September Vielha e Mijaran to Sabiñánigo 200.8 km (125 mi) Intermediate stage Intermediate stage  Greg Van Avermaet (BEL)
10 9 September Sabiñánigo to Zaragoza 151.3 km (94 mi) Plain stage Flat stage  Sébastien Hinault (FRA)
11 10 September Calahorra to Burgos 178 km (111 mi) Plain stage Flat stage  Óscar Freire (ESP)
12 11 September Burgos to Suances 186.4 km (116 mi) Intermediate stage Intermediate stage  Paolo Bettini (ITA)
12 September Rest day
13 13 September San Vicente de la Barquera to Alto de El Angliru 209.5 km (130 mi) Mountain stage Mountain stage  Alberto Contador (ESP)
14 14 September Oviedo to Fuentes de Invierno 158.4 km (98 mi) Mountain stage Mountain stage  Alberto Contador (ESP)
15 15 September Cudillero to Ponferrada 202 km (126 mi) Mountain stage Mountain stage  David García (ESP)
16 16 September Ponferrada to Zamora 186.3 km (116 mi) Plain stage Flat stage  Tom Boonen (BEL)
17 17 September Zamora to Valladolid 148.2 km (92 mi) Plain stage Flat stage  Wouter Weylandt (BEL)
18 18 September Valladolid to Las Rozas 167.4 km (104 mi) Plain stage Flat stage  Imanol Erviti (ESP)
19 19 September Las Rozas to Segovia 145.5 km (90 mi) Mountain stage Mountain stage  David Arroyo (ESP)
20 20 September La Granja de San Ildefonso to Alto de Navacerrada 17.1 km (11 mi) Time Trial.svg Individual time trial  Levi Leipheimer (USA)
21 21 September San Sebastián de los Reyes to Madrid 102.2 km (64 mi) Plain stage Flat stage  Matti Breschel (DEN)
Total 3,133.8 km (1,947 mi)

Classification Leadership

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification a golden jersey Points classification a blue jersey Mountains classification a granate jersey Combination classification a white jersey Team classification
1 Liquigas Filippo Pozzato not awarded not awarded not awarded Liquigas
2 Alejandro Valverde Alejandro Valverde Alejandro Valverde Jesús Rosendo Egoi Martínez Caisse d’Epargne
3 Tom Boonen Daniele Bennati
4 Daniele Bennati Daniele Bennati Paolo Bettini Quick-Step
5 Levi Leipheimer Levi Leipheimer Egoi Martínez Astana
6 Paolo Bettini Sylvain Chavanel Paolo Bettini
7 Alessandro Ballan Alessandro Ballan Alessandro Ballan Alessandro Ballan
8 David Moncoutié Levi Leipheimer Alejandro Valverde Alberto Contador
9 Greg Van Avermaet Egoi Martínez David Moncoutié Caisse d’Epargne
10 Sébastien Hinault Greg Van Avermaet
11 Óscar Freire
12 Paolo Bettini Astana
13 Alberto Contador Alberto Contador Caisse d’Epargne
14 Alberto Contador Alberto Contador
15 David García
16 Tom Boonen
17 Wouter Weylandt Greg Van Avermaet
18 Imanol Erviti
19 David Arroyo
20 Levi Leipheimer
21 Matti Breschel
Final Alberto Contador Greg Van Avermaet David Moncoutié Alberto Contador Caisse d’Epargne

Final standings

  A pink jersey Denotes the winner of the General classification[2][8]   A green jersey Denotes the winner of the Mountains classification[2][8]
  A granate jersey Denotes the winner of the Points classification[2][8]   A white jersey Denotes the winner of the Combination classification[2]

General classification

Final general classification (1–10)
Rider Team Time
1  Alberto Contador (ESP)A golden jersey a white jersey Astana 80h 40′ 08″
2  Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana + 46″
3  Carlos Sastre (ESP) CSC–Saxo Bank + 4′ 12″
4  Ezequiel Mosquera (ESP) Xacobeo–Galicia + 5′ 19″
5  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne + 6′ 00″
6  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne + 6′ 50″
7  Robert Gesink (NED) Rabobank + 6′ 55″
8  David Moncoutié (FRA) a granate jersey Cofidis + 10′ 10″
9  Egoi Martínez (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi + 10′ 57″
10  Marzio Bruseghin (ITA) Lampre + 11′ 56″

Points classification

Rider Team Points
1  Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) a blue jersey Silence–Lotto 158
2  Alberto Contador (ESP) A golden jersey a white jersey Astana 137
3  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne 129
4  Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 116
5  Koldo Fernández (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi 88
6  Matti Breschel (DEN) CSC–Saxo Bank 69
7  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne 69
8  Sébastien Hinault (FRA) Crédit Agricole 68
9  Ezequiel Mosquera (ESP) Xacobeo–Galicia 67
10  David Moncoutié (FRA)a granate jersey Cofidis 65

King of the Mountains classification

Rider Team Points
1  David Moncoutié (FRA) a granate jersey Cofidis 149
2  Christophe Kern (FRA) Crédit Agricole 106
3  Alberto Contador (ESP) A golden jersey a white jersey Astana 99
4  Juan Manuel Gárate (ESP) Quick-Step 89
5  Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 65
6  Ezequiel Mosquera (ESP) Xacobeo–Galicia 56
7  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne 51
8  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne 48
9  Iñigo Landaluze (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi 46
10  Maarten Tjallingii (NED) Silence–Lotto 43

Combination classification

Rider Team Points
1  Alberto Contador (ESP) a white jersey A golden jersey Astana 6
2  Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 11
3  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne 16
4  Ezequiel Mosquera (ESP) Xacobeo–Galicia 19
5  David Moncoutié (FRA) a granate jersey Cofidis 19
6  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne 20
7  Carlos Sastre (ESP) CSC–Saxo Bank 26
8  Robert Gesink (NED) Rabobank 41
9  David Arroyo (ESP) Caisse d’Epargne 50
10  Juan Manuel Gárate (ESP) Quick-Step 58

Teams classification

Team Time
1 Caisse d’Epargne 241h 20′ 38″
2 Euskaltel–Euskadi + 39′ 22″
3 CSC–Saxo Bank + 39′ 35″
4 Astana + 42′ 01″
5 Xacobeo–Galicia + 51′ 31″
6 Lampre + 1h 14′ 51″
7 Rabobank + 1h 17′ 22″
8 Ag2r–La Mondiale + 1h 27′ 42″
9 Crédit Agricole + 1h 28′ 56″
10 Silence–Lotto + 1h 42′ 42″
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