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Vuelta a Espana 2012

The 2012 Vuelta a España started on 18 August 2012 and was the 67th edition of the race. The race began in Pamplona with a team time trial and ended on 9 September, as traditional, in Madrid. The 2012 edition saw the return of the Bola del Mundo mountain top finish. It was the venue of an exciting battle between winner Vincenzo Nibali and runner-up Ezequiel Mosquera in the 2010 edition. It was the first time since 1994 that the race visited the region of Navarre. The previous time that Pamplona was visited by a Grand Tour in 1996, when the city hosted the finish of a memorable stage of the 1996 Tour de France. On that occasion, the race paid homage to Miguel Indurain by passing through his home village of Villava en route.

The race was won for the second time by Alberto Contador of Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank, taking his first overall victory since returning from a doping suspension. Contador, who won the seventeenth stage of the race after a solo attack, won the general classification by 1′ 16″” over runner-up Alejandro Valverde of the Movistar Team team. Two-time stage winner Valverde also won two sub-classifications on the final day; by taking a sixth-place finish on the stage into Madrid, he overhauled the points tally of Joaquim Rodríguez (Team Katusha) in that classification, and their resultant switch of positions, allowed Valverde to take the combination classification – where the lowest cumulative score across the general, points and mountains classifications wins – as well.

Completing an all-Spanish podium, Rodríguez finished the race third overall, 21 seconds behind Valverde and 1′ 37″” behind Contador, having led the race for 13 days between the fourth and sixteenth stages. Rodríguez also achieved three stage victories, a tally second only to Argos–Shimano sprinter John Degenkolb who won five stages, the most by a German at the Vuelta. Orica–GreenEDGE’s Simon Clarke became the second Australian to win the mountains classification in a Grand Tour, while the Movistar Team comfortably won the teams classification.

2012 Vuelta a España
2012 UCI World Tour, race 22 of 28
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Race details
Dates 18 August – 9 September
Stages 21
Distance 3,360.2 km (2,088 mi)
Winning time 84h 59′ 49″
Results
Winner  Alberto Contador (ESP) (Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank)
Second  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (Movistar Team)
Third  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) (Team Katusha)

Points  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (Movistar Team)
Mountains  Simon Clarke (AUS) (Orica–GreenEDGE)
Combination  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (Movistar Team)
Team Movistar Team
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Teams

  • Ag2r–La Mondiale
  • Astana
  • BMC Racing Team
  • Euskaltel–Euskadi
  • FDJ–BigMat
  • Garmin–Sharp
  • Orica–GreenEDGE
  • Team Katusha
  • Lampre–ISD
  • Liquigas–Cannondale
  • Lotto–Belisol
  • Movistar Team
  • Omega Pharma–Quick-Step
  • Rabobank
  • RadioShack–Nissan
  • Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank
  • Team Sky
  • Vacansoleil–DCM

Stages

Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 18 August Pamplona 16.5 km (10.3 mi) Team Time Trial Team Time Trial Movistar Team
2 19 August Pamplona – Viana 181.4 km (112.7 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat Stage  John Degenkolb (GER)
3 20 August Oion – Arrate (Eibar) 155.3 km (96.5 mi) Mediummountainstage.svg Medium Mountain Stage  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
4 21 August Barakaldo – Valdezcaray 160.6 km (99.8 mi) Mediummountainstage.svg Medium Mountain Stage  Simon Clarke (AUS)
5 22 August Logroño – Logroño 168 km (104 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat Stage  John Degenkolb (GER)
6 23 August Tarazona – El Fuerte del Rapitán (Jaca) 175.4 km (109.0 mi) Mediummountainstage.svg Medium Mountain Stage  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)
7 24 August Huesca – Motorland Aragon (Alcañiz) 164.2 km (102.0 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat Stage  John Degenkolb (GER)
8 25 August Lleida – Coll de la Gallina 174.7 km (108.6 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain Stage  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
9 26 August Andorra – Barcelona 196.3 km (122.0 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat Stage  Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
27 August Rest day
10 28 August Ponteareas – Sanxenxo 190 km (120 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat Stage  John Degenkolb (GER)
11 29 August Cambados – Pontevedra 39.4 km (24.5 mi) Team Time Trial Individual Time Trial  Fredrik Kessiakoff (SWE)
12 30 August Vilagarcía – Mirador de Ézaro (Dumbría) 190.5 km (118.4 mi) Mediummountainstage.svg Medium Mountain Stage  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)
13 31 August Santiago de Compostela – Ferrol 172.8 km (107.4 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat Stage  Steve Cummings (GBR)
14 1 September Palas de Rei – Los Ancares 149.2 km (92.7 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain Stage  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)
15 2 September La Robla – Lagos de Covadonga 186.5 km (115.9 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain Stage  Antonio Piedra (ESP)
16 3 September Gijón – Cuitu Negro 183.5 km (114.0 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain Stage  Dario Cataldo (ITA)
4 September Rest day
17 5 September Santander – Fuente Dé 187.3 km (116.4 mi) Mediummountainstage.svg Medium Mountain Stage  Alberto Contador (ESP)
18 6 September Aguilar de Campoo – Valladolid 204.5 km (127.1 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat Stage  Daniele Bennati (ITA)
19 7 September Peñafiel – La Lastrilla 178.4 km (110.9 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat Stage  Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
20 8 September Palazuelos de Eresma – Bola del Mundo 170.7 km (106.1 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain Stage  Denis Menchov (RUS)
21 9 September Cercedilla – Madrid 115 km (71 mi) Plainstage.svg Flat Stage  John Degenkolb (GER)

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 Movistar Team Jonathan Castroviejo not awarded not awarded not awarded Movistar Team Imanol Erviti
2 John Degenkolb John Degenkolb Javier Chacón Javier Chacón Javier Aramendia
3 Alejandro Valverde Alejandro Valverde Alejandro Valverde Pim Ligthart Alejandro Valverde Philippe Gilbert
4 Simon Clarke Joaquim Rodríguez Simon Clarke Simon Clarke Joaquim Rodríguez Rabobank Luis Ángel Maté
5 John Degenkolb John Degenkolb Javier Chacón
6 Joaquim Rodríguez Team Sky Thomas De Gendt
7 John Degenkolb Javier Aramendia
8 Alejandro Valverde Alejandro Valverde Rabobank Javier Aramendia
9 Philippe Gilbert Joaquim Rodríguez Javier Chacón
10 John Degenkolb John Degenkolb Javier Aramendia
11 Fredrik Kessiakoff Fredrik Kessiakoff
12 Joaquim Rodríguez Joaquim Rodríguez Mikel Astarloza
13 Steve Cummings Juan Antonio Flecha
14 Joaquim Rodríguez Simon Clarke Juan Manuel Gárate
15 Antonio Piedra Movistar Team Antonio Piedra
16 Dario Cataldo Dario Cataldo
17 Alberto Contador Alberto Contador Alberto Contador
18 Daniele Bennati Gatis Smukulis
19 Philippe Gilbert Ji Cheng
20 Denis Menchov Simon Clarke
21 John Degenkolb Alejandro Valverde Alejandro Valverde not awarded
Final Alberto Contador Alejandro Valverde Simon Clarke Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team Alberto Contador

General classification

Rider Team Time
1  Alberto Contador (ESP) Jersey red.svg Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank 84h 59′ 49″
2  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Jersey green.svg Jersey white.svg Movistar Team + 1′ 16″
3  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha + 1′ 37″
4  Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky + 10′ 16″
5  Daniel Moreno (ESP) Team Katusha + 11′ 29″
6  Robert Gesink (NED) Rabobank + 12′ 23″
7  Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin–Sharp + 13′ 28″
8  Laurens ten Dam (NED) Rabobank + 13′ 41″
9  Igor Antón (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi + 14′ 01″
10  Beñat Intxausti (ESP) Movistar Team + 16′ 13″

Points classification

Rider Team Points
1  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Jersey green.svg Jersey white.svg Movistar Team 199
2  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha 193
3  Alberto Contador (ESP) Jersey red.svg Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank 161
4  John Degenkolb (GER) Argos–Shimano 149
5  Daniele Bennati (ITA) RadioShack–Nissan 107
6  Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky 93
7  Allan Davis (AUS) Orica–GreenEDGE 84
8  Elia Viviani (ITA) Liquigas–Cannondale 79
9  Lloyd Mondory (FRA) Ag2r–La Mondiale 74
10  Daniel Moreno (ESP) Team Katusha 72

King of the Mountains classification

Rider Team Points
1  Simon Clarke (AUS) Jersey bluedots.svg Orica–GreenEDGE 63
2  David de la Fuente (ESP) Caja Rural 40
3  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha 36
4  Thomas De Gendt (BEL) Vacansoleil–DCM 33
5  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Jersey green.svg Jersey white.svg Movistar Team 31
6  Alberto Contador (ESP) Jersey red.svg Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank 28
7  Dario Cataldo (ITA) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step 27
8  Richie Porte (AUS) Team Sky 21
9  Denis Menchov (RUS) Team Katusha 20
10  David Moncoutié (FRA) Cofidis 18

Combination classification

Rider Team Total
1  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Jersey white.svg Jersey green.svg Movistar Team 8
2  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha 8
3  Alberto Contador (ESP) Jersey red.svg Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank 10
4  Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky 30
5  Daniel Moreno (ESP) Team Katusha 48
6  Nicolas Roche (IRL) Ag2r–La Mondiale 65
7  Eros Capecchi (ITA) Liquigas–Cannondale 79
8  Thomas De Gendt (BEL) Vacansoleil–DCM 80
9  Dario Cataldo (ITA) Omega Pharma–Quick-Step 85
10  Sergio Henao (COL) Team Sky 88

Team classification

Pos. Team Time
1 Movistar Team 254h 52′ 49″
2 Euskaltel–Euskadi + 9′ 40″
3 Ag2r–La Mondiale + 20′ 19″
4 Rabobank + 23′ 48″
5 Team Sky + 26′ 55″
6 Team Katusha + 36′ 07″
7 Lampre–ISD + 53′ 00″
8 Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank + 1h 1′ 11″
9 RadioShack–Nissan + 1h 17′ 34″
10 Caja Rural + 1h 25′ 10″

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