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2013 Vuelta a España

2013 Vuelta a España
2013 UCI World Tour, race 22 of 28
Race details
Dates24 August – 15 September
Distance3,358.9 km (2,087 mi)
Winning time84h 36' 04"
Winner  Chris Horner (USA) (RadioShack–Leopard)
  Second  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) (Astana)
  Third  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (Movistar Team)

Points  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (Movistar Team)
Mountains  Nicolas Edet (FRA) (Cofidis)
Combination  Chris Horner (USA) (RadioShack–Leopard)
  Team Spain Euskaltel–Euskadi
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The 2013 Vuelta a España was the 68th edition of the race. Chris Horner won the 2013 Vuelta at the age of 41 on 15 September 2013, becoming the oldest ever Grand Tour winner.[1][2][3] Horner beat his nearest challenger, Italian Vincenzo Nibali, by finishing ahead of him in each of the final three mountainous stages before the final stage into Madrid.[4][5][6]

This Vuelta started in Galicia on August 24, 2013. The race spent 5 days in Galicia, then continued anticlockwise touring Spain through Castile and León, Extremadura, Andalusia, Aragon, Catalonia, La Rioja, Cantabria, and Asturias, before returning to Madrid for the finish on September 15.[7][8] The Vuelta included excursions into two neighboring countries, Andorra and France. The top three stage winners received the following bonuses in the general classification: 10 seconds for winners of the stages, six seconds for runners-up, and four seconds for those in third place.[9]


The 21st and final stage of the Vuelta a España 2013 on Paseo del Prado in Madrid.

The 19 UCI World Tour teams were automatically entitled to start the race; three wildcard teams were also invited.[10]

†: Invited Pro-continental teams


Stage Date Course Distance Type[11] Winner
1 24 August Vilanova de Arousa – Sanxenxo 27.4 km (17.0 mi) Team time trial Team time trial Kazakhstan Astana
2 25 August Pontevedra – Monte da Groba 177.7 km (110.4 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Nicolas Roche (IRL)
3 26 August Vigo – Mirador de Lobeira 184.8 km (114.8 mi) Flat stage  Chris Horner (USA)
4 27 August Lalín – Finisterra 189 km (117 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Daniel Moreno (ESP)
5 28 August Sober – Lago de Sanabria 174.3 km (108.3 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Michael Matthews (AUS)
6 29 August Guijuelo – Caceres 175 km (109 mi) Flat stage  Michael Mørkøv (DEN)
7 30 August Almendralejo – Mairena del Aljarafe 205.9 km (127.9 mi) Flat stage  Zdeněk Štybar (CZE)
8 31 August Jerez de la Frontera – Alto de Peñas Blancas 166.6 km (103.5 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Leopold König (CZE)
9 1 September Antequera – Valdepeñas de Jaén 163.7 km (101.7 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Daniel Moreno (ESP)
10 2 September Torredelcampo – Alto de Haza Llana 186.8 km (116.1 mi) Mountain stage  Chris Horner (USA)
3 September Rest day
11 4 September Tarazona 38.8 km (24.1 mi) Individual time trial Individual time trial  Fabian Cancellara (SUI)
12 5 September Maella – Tarragona 164.2 km (102.0 mi) Flat stage  Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
13 6 September Valls – Castelldefels 169 km (105 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Warren Barguil (FRA)
14 7 September Bagà – Coll de la Gallina (Andorra) 155.7 km (96.7 mi) Mountain stage  Daniele Ratto (ITA)
15 8 September Andorra (Andorra)  – Peyragudes (France) 224.9 km (139.7 mi) Mountain stage  Alexandre Geniez (FRA)
16 9 September Graus – Formigal 146.8 km (91.2 mi) Mountain stage  Warren Barguil (FRA)
10 September Rest day
17 11 September Calahorra – Burgos 189 km (117 mi) Flat stage  Bauke Mollema (NED)
18 12 September Burgos – Peña Cabarga [es] 186.5 km (115.9 mi) Mountain stage  Vasil Kiryienka (BLR)
19 13 September San Vicente de la Barquera – Alto del Naranco 181 km (112 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)
20 14 September Avilés – Alto de L'Angliru 142.2 km (88.4 mi) Mountain stage  Kenny Elissonde (FRA)
21 15 September Leganés – Madrid 109.6 km (68.1 mi) Flat stage  Michael Matthews (AUS)

Race overview

For in-depth details see 2013 Vuelta a España, Stage 1 to Stage 11 and 2013 Vuelta a España, Stage 12 to Stage 21

Stage one was a team time trial (TTT) which was won by Astana and resulted in Janez Brajkovič being awarded the red jersey. Stage two was won by Vincenzo Nibali who also took over the red jersey, but on the next stage Chris Horner would win and claim the lead.

The race would eventually evolve into a battle between Horner and Nibali, who was attempting to win a very rare Grand Tour Double as he had won the Giro a few months earlier. Horner meanwhile was more of an outside contender for victory and prior to the start of this Vuelta he had more or less acknowledged this by announcing during a team meeting that he could finish top 10. Privately however, he told his wife and friends that he could podium as he felt he was in very good form following the 2013 Tour of Utah. After winning on stage three he told his team he could podium and told his wife he could win. Daniel Moreno would win stage four as Nibali would win back the jersey and hold it for the next few stages.[12]

Leopold König would win stage eight by one second over Daniel Moreno resulting in Nicolas Roche taking over the race lead. In stage nine Moreno would not be denied as he won his second stage, this one by four seconds, as he also took the red jersey from Roche by one second. Meanwhile, Nibali, Horner, former Vuelta champ Alejandro Valverde and Joaquim Rodríguez were all within a minute of the lead.

Until this point in the race Directeur Sportif for Team Radioshack José Azevedo had considered Horner's statement declaring he could make the podium, but still ran the team with the plan he had come into the race with. Only after Horner won again on stage ten and reclaimed the red jersey did he declare full team support for the American for the rest of the race. Stage eleven was an individual time trial where Nibali put time into all of the riders close to him in the standings reclaiming the red jersey yet again.

Once again Nibali would maintain the lead for the next several stages. In stage eighteen Vasil Kiryienka would win the day as Horner took +0:25 out of Nibali to come within just three seconds of the lead. Stage nineteen saw the riders contend with the Monte Naranco where Rodríguez won the stage and pulled within a minute of Valverde for the final podium position. Horner took another six seconds from Nibali and reclaimed the red jersey by three seconds, but for all intents and purposes they were neck and neck going into the final mountain stage, which culminated on the Alto de l'Angliru. Rodríguez and Valverde were not far behind going into this decisive stage and if Nibali and Horner were to attack one another to the breaking point, either of these two riders could be in a position to steal the race. Horner was concerned about Nibali being considerably stronger than he was in the final sprint to the finish so his plan was to defeat him on the mountain.[13] Nibali also intended to win on the mountain and he did attack Horner on numerous occasions, but Horner was able to seal his only grand tour victory by responding to every attack and eventually riding away from everyone except for the final surviving breakaway rider in Kenny Elissonde.[14]

Classification leadership table

There were four main classifications contested in the 2013 Vuelta a España, with the most important being the general classification. The general classification was calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage. The cyclist with the least accumulated time was the race leader, identified by the red jersey; the winner of this classification was considered the winner of the Vuelta. In 2013, there were time bonuses given on mass-start stages; ten seconds were awarded to the stage winner, with six for second and four for third.

Additionally, there was a points classification, which awards a green jersey. In the points classification, cyclists get points for finishing among the best in a stage finish, or in intermediate sprints. The cyclist with the most points led the classification, and is identified with a green jersey. There was also a mountains classification. The organisation categorised some climbs as either hors catégorie, first, second, third, or fourth-category; points for this classification were won by the first cyclists that reach the top of these climbs, with more points available for the higher-categorised climbs. The cyclist with the most points led the classification, and was identified with a blue polka dot jersey.

The fourth individual classification was the combination classification, marked by the white jersey. This classification is calculated by adding the numeral ranks of each cyclist in the general, points and mountains classifications – a rider must have a score in all classifications possible to qualify for the combination classification – with the lowest cumulative total signifying the winner of this competition.

For the team classification, the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added; the leading team is the team with the lowest total time. For the combativity award, a jury gives points after each stage to the cyclists they considered most combative. The cyclist with the most votes in all stages leads the classification. For the daily combative winner, the rider in question donned a dossard with a red background, on the following stage.

Stage Winner General classification
Points classification
Mountains classification
Combination classification
Team classification Combativity award
1 Astana Janez Brajkovič not awarded not awarded not awarded Astana Janez Brajkovič
2 Nicolas Roche Vincenzo Nibali Nicolas Roche Nicolas Roche Nicolas Roche RadioShack–Leopard Alex Rasmussen
3 Chris Horner Chris Horner Pablo Urtasun
4 Daniel Moreno Vincenzo Nibali Daniel Moreno Nicolas Edet
5 Michael Matthews Antonio Piedra
6 Michael Mørkøv Michael Matthews Tony Martin
7 Zdeněk Štybar Javier Aramendia
8 Leopold König Nicolas Roche Daniel Moreno Saxo–Tinkoff Antonio Piedra
9 Daniel Moreno Daniel Moreno Daniel Moreno Movistar Team Javier Aramendia
10 Chris Horner Chris Horner Chris Horner Chris Horner Saxo–Tinkoff Juan Antonio Flecha
11 Fabian Cancellara Vincenzo Nibali Nicolas Roche Astana Fabian Cancellara
12 Philippe Gilbert Fabricio Ferrari
13 Warren Barguil Michele Scarponi
14 Daniele Ratto Alejandro Valverde Daniele Ratto Chris Horner Daniele Ratto
15 Alexandre Geniez Nicolas Edet Alexandre Geniez
16 Warren Barguil Euskaltel–Euskadi Juan Antonio Flecha
17 Bauke Mollema Javier Aramendia
18 Vasil Kiryienka Egoi Martínez
19 Joaquim Rodríguez Chris Horner Edvald Boasson Hagen
20 Kenny Elissonde David Arroyo
21 Michael Matthews not awarded
Final Chris Horner Alejandro Valverde Nicolas Edet Chris Horner Euskaltel–Euskadi Javier Aramendia

Classification standings

  Red jersey   Denotes the leader of the General classification   Blue polka dot jersey   Denotes the leader of the Mountains classification
  Green jersey   Denotes the leader of the Points classification   White jersey   Denotes the leader of the Combination rider classification

General classification[edit]

Rider Team Time
1  Chris Horner (USA) RadioShack–Leopard 84h 36' 04"
2  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Astana + 37"
3  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team + 1' 36"
4  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha + 3' 22"
5  Nicolas Roche (IRL) Saxo–Tinkoff + 7' 11"
6  Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) Ag2r–La Mondiale + 8' 00"
7  Thibaut Pinot (FRA) + 8' 41"
8  Samuel Sánchez (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi + 9' 51"
9  Leopold König (CZE) NetApp–Endura + 10' 11"
10  Daniel Moreno (ESP) Team Katusha + 13' 11"

Points classification[edit]

Rider Team Points
1  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Green jersey Movistar Team 152
2  Chris Horner (USA) Red jerseyWhite jersey RadioShack–Leopard 126
3  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha 125
4  Nicolas Roche (IRL) Saxo–Tinkoff 122
5  Daniel Moreno (ESP) Team Katusha 119
6  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Astana 111
7  Maximiliano Richeze (ARG) Lampre–Merida 84
8  Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Team Sky 83
9  Michael Matthews (AUS) Orica–GreenEDGE 78
10  Bauke Mollema (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling 75

King of the Mountains classification[edit]

Rider Team Points
1  Nicolas Edet (FRA) Blue polka-dot jersey Cofidis 46
2  Chris Horner (USA) Red jerseyWhite jersey RadioShack–Leopard 32
3  Daniele Ratto (ITA) Cannondale 30
4  André Cardoso (POR) Caja Rural–Seguros RGA 26
5  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Astana 23
6  Amets Txurruka (ESP) Caja Rural–Seguros RGA 22
7  Kenny Elissonde (FRA) 21
8  Nicolas Roche (IRL) Saxo–Tinkoff 19
9  Vasil Kiryienka (BLR) Team Sky 18
10  Michele Scarponi (ITA) Lampre–Merida 17

Combination classification[edit]

Rider Team Points
1  Chris Horner (USA) Red jerseyWhite jersey RadioShack–Leopard 5
2  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Astana 13
3  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Green jersey Movistar Team 17
4  Nicolas Roche (IRL) Saxo–Tinkoff 17
5  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha 27
6  Daniel Moreno (ESP) Team Katusha 32
7  Michele Scarponi (ITA) Lampre–Merida 41
8  Leopold König (CZE) NetApp–Endura 42
9  Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) Ag2r–La Mondiale 43
10  André Cardoso (POR) Caja Rural–Seguros RGA 54

Team classification

Pos. Team Time
1 Spain Euskaltel–Euskadi 253h 29' 35"
2 Spain Movistar Team + 1' 02"
3 Kazakhstan Astana + 1' 30"
4 Denmark Saxo–Tinkoff + 9' 56"
5 Spain Caja Rural–Seguros RGA + 33' 48"
6 Team Katusha + 45' 21"
7 Luxembourg RadioShack–Leopard + 46' 54"
8 Germany NetApp–Endura + 52' 29"
9 France + 1h 01' 21"
10 United States BMC Racing Team + 1h 56' 46"


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