The 2021 Vuelta a España
is a three-week Grand Tour cycling stage racebetween 14 August and 5 September 2021
Final Stage Competition starts in:
00d:09h:11m :42s

The 2011 Vuelta a España was held from 20 August to 11 September. The bicycle race began in Benidorm with a team time trial and ended, as is traditional, in Madrid. The 2011 Vuelta was the 66th edition of the race and was the first Vuelta in 33 years that visited the Basque Country. The 33-year absence from the region was due to fear of political protests.

Commentators claimed that it was a race well suited for climbers due to the short time trials and the large number of climbing kilometres. Nine of the twenty-one stages were ranked as Mountain stages, and six of them had a mountain-top finish (including the very steep uphill finish on the Alto de L’Angliru). Two other stages had steep uphill finishes, both of which were won by Katusha leader Joaquim Rodríguez.

This Vuelta saw the introduction of a combativity award, much like that in the Tour de France. The most combative rider in each stage was awarded a red back number which he wore for the next stage.

The victory was originally awarded to Juan José Cobo who had a race-winning margin of just 13 seconds over Briton Chris Froome. Neither rider had been marked as a pre-race favourite, and both had gone to the Vuelta as domestiques for their team leaders: Cobo for Denis Menchov, and Froome for Bradley Wiggins; their team leaders finished 5th and 3rd respectively. Cobo also won the Combination Classification. The King of the Mountains competition was won for the fourth consecutive time by Frenchman David Moncoutié. The points classification was won by Dutch rider Bauke Mollema who finished 4th overall.

On 13 June 2019, the sport’s governing body, the Union Cycliste International (UCI), announced that Cobo had been found guilty of an anti-doping violation, according to findings from his biological passport. As a result, the UCI penalised him with a three-year period of ineligibility. Cobo was officially stripped of the title on 18 June 2019. On 17 July 2019, as the time for Cobo to appeal the decision expired with no application, the UCI announced it recognised Chris Froome as the 2011 champion, making him retroactively the first Briton to win a Grand Tour. He officially received the 2011 winner’s trophy at the start of the final stage of the 2020 edition on 8 November 2020.

2011 Vuelta a España
2011 UCI World Tour, race 21 of 27
Vuelta a España 2011.png
Race details
Dates 20 August – 11 September
Stages 21
Distance 3,300 km (2,051 mi)
Winning time 84h 59′ 31″
Results
Winner  Juan José Cobo Chris Froome (GBR) (Team Sky)
Second  Bradley Wiggins (GBR) (Team Sky)
Third  Bauke Mollema (NED) (Rabobank)

Points  Bauke Mollema (NED) (Rabobank)
Mountains  David Moncoutié (FRA) (Cofidis)
Combination  Juan José Cobo Chris Froome (GBR) (Team Sky)
Team Geox–TMC
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Teams

  • Ag2r–La Mondiale
  • Andalucía–Caja Granada †
  • Astana
  • BMC Racing Team
  • Cofidis †
  • Euskaltel–Euskadi
  • Garmin–Cervélo
  • Geox–TMC †
  • HTC–Highroad
  • Team Katusha
  • Lampre–ISD
  • Leopard Trek
  • Liquigas–Cannondale
  • Movistar Team
  • Omega Pharma–Lotto
  • Quick-Step
  • Rabobank
  • Team RadioShack
  • Saxo Bank–SunGard
  • Skil–Shimano †
  • Team Sky
  • Vacansoleil–DCM

Route and stages

Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 20 August Benidorm 13.5 km (8.4 mi) Team time trial Team time trial Leopard Trek
2 21 August La Nucía – Playas de Orihuela 175.5 km (109 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat stage  Christopher Sutton (AUS)
3 22 August Petrer – Totana 163 km (101 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat stage  Pablo Lastras (ESP)
4 23 August Baza – Sierra Nevada 170.2 km (105.8 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage  Daniel Moreno (ESP)
5 24 August Sierra Nevada – Valdepeñas de Jaén 187 km (116 mi) Mediummountainstage.svg Medium mountain stage  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)
6 25 August Úbeda – Córdoba 196.8 km (122 mi) Mediummountainstage.svg Medium mountain stage  Peter Sagan (SVK)
7 26 August Almadén – Talavera de la Reina 187.6 km (116.6 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat stage  Marcel Kittel (GER)
8 27 August Talavera de la Reina – San Lorenzo de El Escorial 177.3 km (110.2 mi) Mediummountainstage.svg Medium mountain stage  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)
9 28 August Villacastín – Sierra de Bejar. La Covatilla 183 km (114 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage  Dan Martin (IRL)
10 29 August Salamanca 47 km (29.2 mi) Individual time trial Individual time trial  Tony Martin (GER)
30 August Rest day
11 31 August Verín – Estación de Esquí Manzaneda 167 km (104 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage  David Moncoutié (FRA)
12 1 September Ponteareas – Pontevedra 167.3 km (104.0 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat stage  Peter Sagan (SVK)
13 2 September Sarria – Ponferrada 158.2 km (98.3 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage  Michael Albasini (SUI)
14 3 September Astorga – La Farrapona. Lagos de Somiedo 172.8 km (107.4 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage  Rein Taaramäe (EST)
15 4 September Avilés – Angliru 142.2 km (88.4 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage  Juan José Cobo (ESP)  Wout Poels (NED)[16]
5 September Rest day
16 6 September Villa Romana La Olmeda (Palencia) – Haro 188.1 km (116.9 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat stage  Juan José Haedo (ARG)
17 7 September Faustino V (Oyón) – Peña Cabarga 211 km (131 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage  Chris Froome (GBR)
18 8 September Solares – Noja 174.6 km (108.5 mi) Mediummountainstage.svg Medium mountain stage  Francesco Gavazzi (ITA)
19 9 September Noja – Bilbao 158.5 km (98.5 mi) Mediummountainstage.svg Medium mountain stage  Igor Antón (ESP)
20 10 September Bilbao – Vitoria-Gasteiz 185 km (115.0 mi) Mediummountainstage.svg Medium mountain stage  Daniele Bennati (ITA)
21 11 September Circuito del Jarama – Madrid 94.2 km (58.5 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat stage  Peter Sagan (SVK)
TOTAL 3319.8 km (2062.8 mi)

Classification leadership table

Stage Winner General classification Jersey red.svg Points classification Jersey green.svg Mountains classification Jersey blue dotted.png Combination Classification Jersey white.svg Team classification Combativity award
1 Leopard Trek Jakob Fuglsang no award no award no award Leopard Trek Fabian Cancellara
2 Christopher Sutton Daniele Bennati Christopher Sutton Paul Martens Jesús Rosendo Adam Hansen
3 Pablo Lastras Pablo Lastras Pablo Lastras Pablo Lastras Pablo Lastras Movistar Team Sylvain Chavanel
4 Daniel Moreno Sylvain Chavanel Daniel Moreno Daniel Moreno Team RadioShack Thomas Rohregger
5 Joaquim Rodríguez Daniel Moreno Michael Albasini
6 Peter Sagan Joaquim Rodríguez Martin Kohler
7 Marcel Kittel Peter Sagan Luis Ángel Maté
8 Joaquim Rodríguez Joaquim Rodríguez Joaquim Rodríguez Adrián Palomares
9 Daniel Martin Bauke Mollema Daniel Martin Bauke Mollema Geox–TMC Sebastian Lang
10 Tony Martin Chris Froome Leopard Trek Tony Martin
11 David Moncoutié Bradley Wiggins Matteo Montaguti Team RadioShack Adrián Palomares
12 Peter Sagan Adam Hansen
13 Michael Albasini David Moncoutié Daniel Moreno Amets Txurruka
14 Rein Taaramäe Bauke Mollema Geox–TMC David de la Fuente
15 Juan José Cobo Wout Poels Juan José Cobo Juan José Cobo Simon Geschke
16 Juan José Haedo Jesús Rosendo
17 Chris Froome Bauke Mollema Johannes Fröhlinger
18 Francesco Gavazzi Joaquim Rodríguez Sérgio Paulinho
19 Igor Antón Igor Antón
20 Daniele Bennati Carlos Barredo
21 Peter Sagan Bauke Mollema no award
Final Juan José Cobo Chris Froome Bauke Mollema David Moncoutié Juan José Cobo Chris Froome Geox–TMC Adrián Palomares

General classification

Rider Team Time
DSQ  Juan José Cobo (ESP) Geox–TMC 84:59:31
1  Chris Froome (GBR) Jersey red.svg Jersey white.svg Team Sky 84:59:44
2  Bradley Wiggins (GBR) Team Sky + 1′ 26″
3  Bauke Mollema (NED) Jersey green.svg Rabobank + 1′ 50″
4  Denis Menchov (RUS) Geox–TMC + 3′ 35″
5  Maxime Monfort (BEL) Leopard Trek + 4′ 00″
6  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Liquigas–Cannondale + 4′ 18″
7  Jurgen Van den Broeck (BEL) Omega Pharma–Lotto + 4′ 32″
8  Daniel Moreno (ESP) Team Katusha + 5′ 07″
9  Mikel Nieve (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi + 5′ 20″

Points classification

Rider Team Points
1  Bauke Mollema (NED) Jersey green.svg Rabobank 122
2  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha 115
3  Daniele Bennati (ITA) Leopard Trek 101
4  Peter Sagan (SVK) Liquigas–Cannondale 100
DSQ  Juan José Cobo (ESP) Geox–TMC 92
5  Chris Froome (GBR) Jersey red.svgJersey white.svg Team Sky 88
6  Daniel Moreno (ESP) Team Katusha 83
7  Wout Poels (NED) Vacansoleil–DCM 71
8  Dan Martin (IRL) Garmin–Cervélo 70
9  Bradley Wiggins (GBR) Team Sky 69

King of the Mountains classification

Rider Team Points
1  David Moncoutié (FRA) Jersey bluedots.svg Cofidis 63
2  Matteo Montaguti (ITA) Ag2r–La Mondiale 56
DSQ  Juan José Cobo (ESP) Geox–TMC 42
3  Dan Martin (IRL) Garmin–Cervélo 33
4  Daniel Moreno (ESP) Team Katusha 32
5  David de la Fuente (ESP) Geox–TMC 24
6  Nico Sijmens (BEL) Cofidis 22
7  Chris Froome (GBR) Jersey red.svgJersey white.svg Team Sky 21
8  Chris Anker Sørensen (DEN) Saxo Bank–SunGard 20
9  Koen de Kort (NED) Skil–Shimano 19

Combination classification

Rider Team Total
DSQ  Juan José Cobo (ESP) Geox–TMC 9
1  Chris Froome (GBR) Jersey white.svgJersey red.svg Team Sky 16
2  Bauke Mollema (NED) Jersey green.svg Rabobank 17
3  Daniel Moreno (ESP) Team Katusha 21
4  Dan Martin (IRL) Garmin–Cervélo 26
5  Wout Poels (NED) Vacansoleil–DCM 38
6  Bradley Wiggins (GBR) Team Sky 39
7  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha 48
8  Chris Anker Sørensen (DEN) Saxo Bank–SunGard 51
9  Denis Menchov (RUS) Geox–TMC 52

Team classification

Pos. Team Time
1 Geox–TMC 254h 32′ 28″
2 Leopard Trek + 10′ 19″
3 Euskaltel–Euskadi + 16′ 44″
4 Team Katusha + 43′ 18″
5 Ag2r–La Mondiale + 43′ 27″
6 Rabobank + 54′ 32″
7 Astana + 58′ 56″
8 Liquigas–Cannondale + 1h 01′ 51″
9 Movistar Team + 1h 05′ 11″
10 Team Sky + 1h 09′ 45″
Points earned in the Vuelta
Name Team Points
 Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky 157
 Bradley Wiggins (GBR) Team Sky 108
 Bauke Mollema (NED) Rabobank 108
 Maxime Monfort (BEL) HTC–Highroad 70
 Daniel Moreno (ESP) Team Katusha 68
 Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Liquigas–Cannondale 62
 Peter Sagan (SVK) Liquigas–Cannondale 56
 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (BEL) Omega Pharma–Lotto 54
 Dan Martin (IRE) Garmin–Cervélo 44
 Mikel Nieve (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi 38
 Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha 38
Top ten of the individual standings after the Vuelta
Rank Prev. Name Team Points
1 2  Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Omega Pharma–Lotto 698
2 1  Cadel Evans (AUS) BMC Racing Team 574
3 3  Alberto Contador (ESP) Saxo Bank–SunGard 471
4 5  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha 366
5 4  Michele Scarponi (ITA) Lampre–ISD 357
6 6  Samuel Sánchez (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi 307
7 16  Bradley Wiggins (GBR) Team Sky 289
8 7  Fränk Schleck (LUX) Leopard Trek 284
9 13  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Liquigas–Cannondale 272
10 17  Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Team Sky 260
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