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Vuelta a Espana 2015

The 2015 Vuelta a España was a three-week Grand Tour cycling race. The race was the 70th edition of the Vuelta a España and took place principally in Spain, although two stages took place partly or wholly in Andorra, and was the 22nd race in the 2015 UCI World Tour. The 3,358.1-kilometre (2,086.6 mi) race included 21 stages, beginning in Marbella on 22 August 2015 and finishing in Madrid on 13 September. It was won by Fabio Aru (Astana Pro Team), with Joaquim Rodríguez (Team Katusha) second and Rafał Majka (Tinkoff–Saxo) third.

The early leaders of the race were Esteban Chaves (Orica–GreenEDGE) and Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant–Alpecin), who exchanged the leader’s red jersey several times during the first ten days of racing, with both riders winning summit finishes in the first week. Aru took over the race lead following the mountainous Stage 11, which took place entirely within Andorra. He kept his lead for five stages as the race entered the mountains of northern Spain, but lost it to Rodríguez on Stage 16. Dumoulin took the lead back on Stage 17 – the race’s only individual time trial – with Aru three seconds behind in second place. Aru attacked throughout the final stages and, on the penultimate day, finally dropped Dumoulin, who fell to sixth place overall. Aru therefore took the first Grand Tour victory of his career.

The points classification was decided during the final stage and was won by Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team), while Rodriguez won the combination classification. The mountains classification was won by Omar Fraile (Caja Rural–Seguros RGA). Dumoulin won the combativity award, while Movistar won the team prize.

2015 Vuelta a España
2015 UCI World Tour, race 22 of 28
A map showing the location and route of each stage in the 2015 Vuelta a España
Map of the 2015 Vuelta a España route, from Marbella to Madrid.
(stage courses in red)
Race details
Dates 22 August – 13 September
Stages 21
Distance 3,358.1 km (2,087 mi)
Winning time 85h 36′ 13″
Results
Winner  Fabio Aru (ITA) (Astana)
Second  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) (Team Katusha)
Third  Rafał Majka (POL) (Tinkoff–Saxo)

Points  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (Movistar Team)
Mountains  Omar Fraile (ESP) (Caja Rural–Seguros RGA)
Combination  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) (Team Katusha)
Combativity  Tom Dumoulin (NED) (Team Giant–Alpecin)
Team Movistar Team
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Route and stages

Stage characteristics and winners
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 22 August Puerto Banús to Marbella 7.4 km (4.6 mi) Team time trial  BMC Racing Team
2 23 August Alhaurín de la Torre to Caminito del Rey 158.7 km (98.6 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Esteban Chaves (COL)
3 24 August Mijas to Málaga 158.4 km (98.4 mi) Flat stage  Peter Sagan (SVK)
4 25 August Estepona to Vejer de la Frontera 209.6 km (130.2 mi) Hilly stage  Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
5 26 August Rota to Alcalá de Guadaíra 167.3 km (104.0 mi) Flat stage  Caleb Ewan (AUS)
6 27 August Córdoba to Sierra de Cazorla 200.3 km (124.5 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Esteban Chaves (COL)
7 28 August Jódar to La Alpujarra 191.1 km (118.7 mi) Mountain stage  Bert-Jan Lindeman (NED)
8 29 August Puebla de Don Fadrique to Murcia 182.5 km (113.4 mi) Flat stage  Jasper Stuyven (BEL)
9 30 August Torrevieja to Cumbre del Sol, Benitachell 168.3 km (104.6 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Tom Dumoulin (NED)
10 31 August Valencia to Castellón de la Plana 146.6 km (91.1 mi) Flat stage  Kristian Sbaragli (ITA)
1 September Andorra la Vella Rest day
11 2 September Andorra la Vella to Cortals d’Encamp 138 km (86 mi) Mountain stage  Mikel Landa (ESP)
12 3 September Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra to Lleida 173 km (107 mi) Flat stage  Danny van Poppel (NED)
13 4 September Calatayud to Tarazona 178 km (111 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Nelson Oliveira (POR)
14 5 September Vitoria-Gasteiz to Alto Campoo, Fuente del Chivo 215 km (134 mi) Mountain stage  Alessandro De Marchi (ITA)
15 6 September Comillas to Sotres, Cabrales 175.8 km (109.2 mi) Mountain stage  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)
16 7 September Luarca to Ermita del Alba, Quirós 185 km (115 mi) Mountain stage  Fränk Schleck (LUX)
8 September Burgos Rest day
17 9 September Burgos 38.7 km (24.0 mi) Individual time trial  Tom Dumoulin (NED)
18 10 September Roa de Duero to Riaza 204 km (127 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Nicolas Roche (IRL)
19 11 September Medina del Campo to Ávila 185.8 km (115.5 mi) Hilly stage  Alexis Gougeard (FRA)
20 12 September San Lorenzo de El Escorial to Cercedilla 175.8 km (109.2 mi) Mountain stage  Rubén Plaza (ESP)
21 13 September Alcalá de Henares to Madrid 98.8 km (61.4 mi) Flat stage  John Degenkolb (GER)
Total 3,358.1 km (2,087 mi)

Classification leadership

Classification leadership by stage
Stage Winner General classification A red jersey Points classification A green jersey Mountains classification A white jersey with blue polka dots Combination classification A white jersey Team classification Combativity award
1 BMC Racing Team Peter Velits not awarded not awarded not awarded BMC Racing Team Cameron Meyer
2 Esteban Chaves Esteban Chaves Esteban Chaves Esteban Chaves Esteban Chaves Team Sky José Gonçalves
3 Peter Sagan Omar Fraile Omar Fraile
4 Alejandro Valverde Peter Sagan Brayan Ramírez
5 Caleb Ewan Tom Dumoulin Iljo Keisse
6 Esteban Chaves Esteban Chaves Miguel Ángel Rubiano
7 Bert-Jan Lindeman Esteban Chaves Amets Txurruka
8 Jasper Stuyven Ángel Madrazo
9 Tom Dumoulin Tom Dumoulin Tom Dumoulin Omar Fraile
10 Kristian Sbaragli Carlos Verona
11 Mikel Landa Fabio Aru Mikel Landa
12 Danny van Poppel Maxime Bouet
13 Nelson Oliveira Paweł Poljański
14 Alessandro De Marchi Carlos Quintero
15 Joaquim Rodríguez Joaquim Rodríguez Joaquim Rodríguez Brayan Ramírez
16 Fränk Schleck Joaquim Rodríguez Rodolfo Torres
17 Tom Dumoulin Tom Dumoulin Tom Dumoulin
18 Nicolas Roche Movistar Team Ángel Madrazo
19 Alexis Gougeard Alexis Gougeard
20 Rubén Plaza Fabio Aru Rubén Plaza
21 John Degenkolb Alejandro Valverde Tom Dumoulin
Final Fabio Aru Alejandro Valverde Omar Fraile Joaquim Rodríguez Movistar Team Tom Dumoulin

Final standings

Legend
A red jersey Denotes the leader of the general classification A green jersey Denotes the leader of the points classification
A white jersey with blue polka dots Denotes the leader of the mountains classification A white jersey Denotes the leader of the combination rider classification

General classification

Final general classification (1–10)
Rank Rider Team Time
1  Fabio Aru (ITA) A red jersey Astana 85h 36′ 13″
2  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) A white jersey Team Katusha + 57″
3  Rafał Majka (POL) Tinkoff–Saxo + 1′ 09″
4  Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team + 1′ 42″
5  Esteban Chaves (COL) Orica–GreenEDGE + 3′ 10″
6  Tom Dumoulin (NED) Team Giant–Alpecin + 3′ 46″
7  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) A green jersey Movistar Team + 6′ 47″
8  Mikel Nieve (ESP) Team Sky + 7′ 06″
9  Daniel Moreno (ESP) Team Katusha + 7′ 12″
10  Louis Meintjes (RSA) MTN–Qhubeka + 10′ 26″

Points classification

Final points classification (1–10)
Rank Rider Team Points
1  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) A green jersey Movistar Team 118
2  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) A white jersey Team Katusha 116
3  Esteban Chaves (COL) Orica–GreenEDGE 108
4  Tom Dumoulin (NED) Team Giant–Alpecin 105
5  Nicolas Roche (IRL) Team Sky 97
6  Fabio Aru (ITA) A red jersey Astana 97
7  John Degenkolb (GER) Team Giant–Alpecin 93
8  Rafał Majka (POL) Tinkoff–Saxo 89
9  Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team 84
10  José Joaquín Rojas (ESP) Movistar Team 76

Mountains classification

Final mountains classification (1–10)
Rank Rider Team Points
1  Omar Fraile (ESP) A white jersey with blue polka dots Caja Rural–Seguros RGA 82
2  Rubén Plaza (ESP) Lampre–Merida 63
3  Fränk Schleck (LUX) Trek Factory Racing 30
4  Alessandro de Marchi (ITA) BMC Racing Team 28
5  Mikel Landa (ESP) Astana 28
6  José Gonçalves (POR) Caja Rural–Seguros RGA 24
7  Rodolfo Torres (COL) Colombia 22
8  Pierre Rolland (FRA) Team Europcar 20
9  José Joaquín Rojas (ESP) Movistar Team 19
10  Mikaël Cherel (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale 18

Combination classification

Final combination classification (1–10)
Rank Rider Team Points
1  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) A white jersey Team Katusha 16
2  Fabio Aru (ITA) A red jersey Astana 23
3  Tom Dumoulin (NED) Team Giant–Alpecin 24
4  Rafał Majka (POL) Tinkoff–Saxo 38
5  Esteban Chaves (COL) Orica–GreenEDGE 43
6  Nicolas Roche (IRL) Team Sky 46
7  Mikel Landa (ESP) Astana 49
8  José Gonçalves (POR) Caja Rural–Seguros RGA 52
9  Nelson Oliveira (POR) Lampre–Merida 57
10  Fränk Schleck (LUX) Trek Factory Racing 59

Team classification

Final teams classification (1–10)
Rank Team Points
1 Movistar Team 256h 44′ 38″
2 Team Sky + 29′ 47″
3 Team Katusha + 35′ 44″
4 Astana + 48′ 24″
5 Team Europcar + 1h 11′ 00″
6 Caja Rural–Seguros RGA + 1h 20′ 44″
7 Tinkoff–Saxo + 1h 40′ 58″
8 Etixx–Quick-Step + 1h 43′ 44″
9 Lotto–Soudal + 1h 55′ 17″
10 Cofidis + 2h 36′ 11″

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