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2010 Vuelta a España

2010 Vuelta a España
2010 UCI World Ranking, race 23 of 26
Race details
Dates28 August– 19 September
Distance3,333.8 km (2,072 mi)
Winner  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) (Liquigas–Doimo)
  Second  Ezequiel Mosquera (ESP) (Xacobeo–Galicia)
  Third  Peter Velits (SVK) (Team HTC–Columbia)

Points  Mark Cavendish (GBR) (Team HTC–Columbia)
Mountains  David Moncoutié (FRA) (Cofidis)
Combination  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) (Liquigas–Doimo)
  Team Team Katusha
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The 2010 Vuelta a España was held from 28 August to 19 September and was won by Vincenzo Nibali. The race began in Seville and ended, as is tradition, in Madrid.

The race covered 3,333.8 km (2,071.5 mi). There was critical analysis that this Vuelta, which commemorates the 75th anniversary of the first edition of the race, was an especially difficult one and that stage 16 was the queen stage.[1]

The stage 1 team time trial was held at night.[2]

Vuelta runner-up Ezequiel Mosquera and Xacobeo–Galicia teammate David García Dapena were announced on September 30 to have given positive tests for hydroxyethyl starch during the race,[3] a substance which is known as a masking agent for erythropoietin (EPO).[4] All results from Mosquera after 12 September (stage 15) were annulled, which caused him to lose his second place.[5] García later was announced to have tested positive for EPO during the race as well.[6]


Sixteen teams were automatically selected due to previous agreements and there were six wildcard places. Three of these were given to UCI Professional Continental teams, and three to UCI ProTour teams.

Team RadioShack was not invited despite having a ProTour license.[7]


For details see 2010 Vuelta a España, Stage 1 to Stage 11 and 2010 Vuelta a España, Stage 12 to Stage 21

Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 28 August Seville 13 km (8.1 mi) Team time trial Team time trial Team HTC–Columbia
2 29 August Alcalá de Guadaíra to Marbella 173 km (107 mi) Flat stage  Yauheni Hutarovich (BLR)
3 30 August Marbella to Málaga 156 km (97 mi) Mountain stage  Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
4 31 August Málaga to Valdepeñas de Jaén 177 km (110 mi) Intermediate stage  Igor Antón (ESP)
5 1 September Guadix to Lorca 194 km (121 mi) Flat stage  Tyler Farrar (USA)
6 2 September Caravaca de la Cruz to Murcia 144 km (89 mi) Flat stage  Thor Hushovd (NOR)
7 3 September Murcia to Orihuela 170 km (110 mi) Flat stage  Alessandro Petacchi (ITA)
8 4 September Villena to Xorret de Catí 188.8 km (117.3 mi) Mountain stage  David Moncoutié (FRA)
9 5 September Calp to Alcoi 187 km (116 mi) Intermediate stage  David López (ESP)
6 September Rest day
10 7 September Tarragona to Vilanova i la Geltrú 173.7 km (107.9 mi) Intermediate stage  Imanol Erviti (ESP)
11 8 September Vilanova i la Geltrú to Vallnord Sector Pal (Andorra) 208 km (129 mi) Mountain stage  Igor Antón (ESP)
12 9 September Andorra la Vella (Andorra) to Lleida 175 km (109 mi) Flat stage  Mark Cavendish (GBR)
13 10 September Rincón de Soto to Burgos 193.7 km (120.4 mi) Flat stage  Mark Cavendish (GBR)
14 11 September Burgos to Peña Cabarga 178.8 km (111.1 mi) Mountain stage  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)
15 12 September Solares to Lagos de Covadonga 170 km (110 mi) Mountain stage  Carlos Barredo (ESP)[8]
16 13 September Gijón to Alto de Cotobello 179.3 km (111.4 mi) Mountain stage  Mikel Nieve (ESP)
14 September Rest day
17 15 September Peñafiel 46 km (29 mi) Individual time trial Individual time trial  Peter Velits (SVK)
18 16 September Valladolid to Salamanca 153 km (95 mi) Flat stage  Mark Cavendish (GBR)
19 17 September Piedrahita to Toledo 200 km (120 mi) Flat stage  Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
20 18 September San Martín de Valdeiglesias to Bola del Mundo 168.8 km (104.9 mi) Mountain stage  Ezequiel Mosquera (ESP)
21 19 September San Sebastián de los Reyes to Madrid 85 km (53 mi) Flat stage  Tyler Farrar (USA)
TOTAL 3,333.8 km (2,071.5 mi)

Classification leadership

Mosquera, Nibali and Velits (2nd, 1st and 3rd position respectively) toasting.

In the 2010 Vuelta a España, four different jerseys were awarded. For the general classification, calculated by adding the finishing times of the stages per cyclist after deduction of time bonuses for high placings in stage finishes and at intermediate sprints, the leader received a red jersey. This classification was considered the most important of the Vuelta a España, and the winner of the general classification was considered the winner of the Vuelta.

Additionally, there was also a points classification, which awarded a green jersey. In the points classification, cyclists received points for finishing in the top 15 in a stage. The winner got 25 points, second place 20, third 16, fourth 14, fifth 12, sixth 10, and one point per place less down the line, to a single point for fifteenth. In addition, some points were won in intermediate sprints.

There was also a mountains classification, which awarded a blue-spotted white jersey. In the mountains classifications, points were won by reaching the top of a mountain before other cyclists. Each climb was categorized, either first, second, third or "special" category, the last of which is equivalent to the Hors catégorie rating used in races such as the Tour de France.

Finally, there was the combination classification. This is calculated by adding the rankings in the general, points and mountains classifications; the cyclist with the lowest combined ranking is the leader in the combination classification, and receives a white jersey.

There was also a classification for teams. In this classification, the times of the best three cyclists per stage were added, and the team with the lowest time is the leader.

Stage Winner General classification
Points classification
Mountains classification
Combination Classification
Team classification
1 Team HTC–Columbia Mark Cavendish Mark Cavendish1 not awarded Mark Cavendish Team HTC–Columbia
2 Yauheni Hutarovich Yauheni Hutarovich Mickaël Delage Javier Ramírez
3 Philippe Gilbert Philippe Gilbert Philippe Gilbert Serafín Martínez Serafín Martínez
4 Igor Antón Igor Antón Vincenzo Nibali Caisse d'Epargne
5 Tyler Farrar
6 Thor Hushovd Philippe Gilbert Philippe Gilbert
7 Alessandro Petacchi Mark Cavendish
8 David Moncoutié Igor Antón Vincenzo Nibali
9 David López David Moncoutié
10 Imanol Erviti Joaquim Rodríguez David Moncoutié
11 Igor Antón Igor Antón Igor Antón Igor Antón
12 Mark Cavendish Mark Cavendish
13 Mark Cavendish
14 Joaquim Rodríguez Vincenzo Nibali Joaquim Rodríguez
15 Carlos Barredo Team Katusha
16 Mikel Nieve Joaquim Rodríguez
17 Peter Velits Vincenzo Nibali
18 Mark Cavendish
19 Philippe Gilbert
20 Ezequiel Mosquera Vincenzo Nibali
21 Tyler Farrar
Final Vincenzo Nibali Mark Cavendish David Moncoutié Vincenzo Nibali Team Katusha

1 Initially, the team time trial gave points toward the points classification. These points were later removed.

2 All results from Mosquera after 12 September (stage 15) were originally annulled.[5] However this was overturned by a Spanish Court.[9]


General classification[edit]

Rider Team Time
1  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Red jerseyWhite jersey Liquigas–Doimo 87h 18' 33"
2  Ezequiel Mosquera (ESP) Xacobeo–Galicia + 41"
3  Peter Velits (SVK) Team HTC–Columbia + 3' 02"
4  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha + 4' 20"
5  Fränk Schleck (LUX) Team Saxo Bank + 4' 43"
6  Xavier Tondó (ESP) Cervélo TestTeam + 4' 52"
7  Nicolas Roche (IRL) Ag2r–La Mondiale + 5' 03"
8  Carlos Sastre (ESP) Cervélo TestTeam + 6' 06"
9  Tom Danielson (USA) Garmin–Transitions + 6' 16"
10  Luis León Sánchez (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne + 7' 42"

Points classification[edit]

Rider Team Points
1  Mark Cavendish (GBR) Green jersey Team HTC–Columbia 156
2  Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin–Transitions 149
3  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Red jerseyWhite jersey Liquigas–Doimo 119
4  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha 110
5  Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Omega Pharma–Lotto 104
6  Ezequiel Mosquera (ESP) Xacobeo–Galicia 97
7  Peter Velits (SVK) Team HTC–Columbia 88
8  David Moncoutié (FRA) White jersey with blue polka dots Cofidis 72
9  Nicolas Roche (IRL) Ag2r–La Mondiale 63
10  Fränk Schleck (LUX) Team Saxo Bank 62

King of the Mountains classification[edit]

Rider Team Points
1  David Moncoutié (FRA) White jersey with blue polka dots Cofidis 51
2  Serafín Martínez (ESP) Xacobeo–Galicia 43
3  Ezequiel Mosquera (ESP) Xacobeo–Galicia 36
4  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha 29
5  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Red jerseyWhite jersey Liquigas–Doimo 26
6  Luis León Sánchez (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne 25
7  Gonzalo Rabuñal (ESP) Xacobeo–Galicia 25
8  Mikel Nieve (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi 21
9  Johann Tschopp (CH) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 18
10  Fränk Schleck (LUX) Team Saxo Bank 17

Combination classification[edit]

Rider Team Points
1  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Red jerseyWhite jersey Liquigas–Doimo 9
2  Ezequiel Mosquera (ESP) Xacobeo–Galicia 11
3  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha 12
4  David Moncoutié (FRA) White jersey with blue polka dots Cofidis 23
5  Fränk Schleck (LUX) Team Saxo Bank 25
6  Xavier Tondó (ESP) Cervélo TestTeam 32
7  Mikel Nieve (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi 43
8  Luis León Sánchez (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne 48
9  Nicolas Roche (IRL) Ag2r–La Mondiale 49
10  Christophe Le Mével (FRA) FDJ 67

Teams classification

Team Katusha.
Team Time
1 Team Katusha 255h 40' 44"
2 Caisse d'Epargne + 33"
3 Xacobeo–Galicia + 12' 33"
4 Cervélo TestTeam + 17' 50"
5 Ag2r–La Mondiale + 35' 42"
6 Liquigas–Doimo + 57' 05"
7 Omega Pharma–Lotto + 1h 08' 04"
8 Euskaltel–Euskadi + 1h 12' 06"
9 FDJ + 1h 13' 13"
10 Team Saxo Bank + 1h 17' 45"


  1. ^ Shane Stokes (17 December 2009). "Early assessment of the 2010 Vuelta route". Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Spanish Vuelta to schedule night time trial for 2010 race – ESPN". 16 December 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  3. ^ Peter Cossins. "Mosquera Positive At The Vuelta". Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  4. ^ Daniel Benson (1 October 2010). "HES Positives Could Be Linked To EPO Use, Doctor Says". Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Sanctions, Period of Ineligibily, Disqualification". UCI. Archived from the original on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 11 January 2012.
  6. ^ Barry Ryan. "Garcia Positive For EPO At Vuelta". Retrieved 11 August 2012.
  7. ^ Peter Cossins. "RadioShack miss out on Vuelta a España invite". Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  8. ^ UCI (10 July 2014). "UCI Doping Suspensions". Archived from the original on 2014-07-15.
  9. ^ Fotheringham, Alasdair (4 January 2015). "Mosquera: "After four years I can finally breathe"". Cycling News. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
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