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Vuelta a Andalucía aka Ruta del Sol ("Route of the Sun"): a spring tune-up in one of the most picturesque areas of Spain

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News and Updates for Vuelta a Andalucía 2011

February 21 update: Starting tomorrow (Tuesday) is the five stage Giro di Sardegna (Italy) It has a great course with three uphill finishes and a strong field consisting of four English-based teams and the best Italian riders.

Stage 5 results: Oscar Freire wins the another while Markel Irizar wraps up the overall

Stage 5 results
1  Oscar Freire (Rabobank)                       3h46'42"
2  Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) 
3  Jonathan Hivert (Saur Sojasun) 
4  Davide Appollonio (Sky) 
5  Rigoberto Urán (Sky) 
6  Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil) 
7  Jurgen Van den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto) 
8  Luis Pasamontes (Movistar Team) 
9  Jerome Coppel (Saur Sojasun) 
10 Juan José Lobato (Andalucía-Caja Granada) 

Final general classification
1  Markel Irizar (RadioShack)                  16h27'21" 
2  Jurgen Van den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto)      +  1" 
3  Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack)                    +  2"
4  Jerome Coppel (Saur Sojasun)                    +  3"
5  Luis Pasamontes (Movistar Team)                 +  8"
6  Thomas Lovkvist (Sky) 
7  Rigoberto Urán (Sky)                            +  9"
8  Haimar Zubeldia (RadioShack)                    + 12"
9  Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)              + 16"
10 Ivan Rovny (RadioShack)                         + 18"
11 Beñat Intxausti (Movistar) 
12 Leopold Konig (NetApp) 
13 Frank Schleck (Leopard-Trek)                    + 20"
14 Jonathan Hivert (Saur Sojasun)                  + 23"
15 Oscar Freire (Rabobank)                         + 25"
Irizar wins Ruta del Solcyclingnews
RadioShack’s Irizar locks up Ruta de Sol; Freire wins final stagevelonews
Stage 5 photoscyclingnews
 Stage 5 Highlights (01:40 spanish) — andalucia tv
February 23 update: The final day is a rolling stage from the stage 4 finish in Córdoba south to the uphill-step finish in Antequera. It's not a difficult finish (one 10% step) and there should be another (bunch) sprint. The GC is pretty tight, but no one from the top of the GC (see below) is likely to get bonus time at the finish. — Steve

General classification heading into the final stage
1  Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team RadioShack      12:41:09   
2  Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto      + 0:01   
3  Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack               + 0:02   
4  Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun                  + 0:03   
5  Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team       + 0:08   
6  Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling      
7  Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling            + 0:09   
8  Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team RadioShack                    + 0:10   
9  Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team      
10 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShack        + 0:12	

Stage 4 results

Stage 4 results
1  Oscar Freire (Rabobank)          3:49:23
2  Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur Sojasun)   
3  Aitor Galdos (Caja Rural)   
4  Marco Marcato (Vacansoleil)   
5  Robert Hunter (RadioShack)   
6  Davide Appollonio (Sky)   
7  Yukihiro Doi (Skil-Shimano)   
8  Jon Aberasturi (Orbea)   
9  Chistian Knees (Sky)   
10  Mirko Selvaggi(Vacansolei 

General classification after stage 4
1  Markel Irizar (RadioShack)
Freire claims penultimate stage in Córdobacyclingnews
Ruta del Sol: Óscar Freire takes win, Markel Irizar retains leadvelonew
Stage 4 photoscyclingnews
 Stage 4 Highlights (11:54 spanish) — andalucia tv
February 22 update: Stage 4 is the easiest of the five days. Starting from La Guardia de Jaén, it will be a rolling 174 km as the peloton heads west for the flat finish in Córdoba, another frequent stop by the Vuelta a Espana. — Steve

Stage 3 results

Stage 3 results
1  Francisco Ventoso (Movistar Team)
2  Juan José Lobato (Andalucía-Caja Granada)   
3  Davide Appollonio (Sky)   
4  Giacomo Nizzolo (Leopard-Trek)   
5  Thierry Hupond (Skil-Shimano)   
6  Pello Bilbao (Orbea)   
7  Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)   
8  Ricardo García (Orbea)   
9  Luis Pasamontes (Movistar Team)   
10 Yukihiro Doi (Skil-Shimano)   

General classification after stage 3
1  Markel Irizar (RadioShack)
2  Jurgen Van den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto)  + 0:01
3  Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack)                + 0:02
Ventoso takes sprint into Jaencyclingnews
¡Triunfo de Ventoso (Movistar Team)! biciciclismo
Stock photo of Francisco Ventososirotti
 Stage 3 Highlights (13:05 spanish) — andalucia tv
Stage 3 photoscyclingnews
February 22 update: Stage 3 has a hilly route with several cat 2s and a cat 3 before the uphill finish in Jaén Jaén is a frequent stop for the Vuelta a Espana and last year they finished on the very steep grade to Valdepeñas de Jaén Today's finish isn't nearly as difficult (finish profile just below) but the last 300m is 6.5% Last 3 km average 3.3% — Steve

Last year's Vuelta a Espana Stage 4 and uphill finish in Valdepeñas de Jaénsirotti/reuters

Stage 2 results

Hivert takes sprint victory in Adra cyclingnews
Full Results: ¡Victoria de Hivert! Irizar, líder (english-translation) — biciciclismo
 Stage 2 Last Kms/Highlights (10:16 spanish) — andalucia tv
Stage 2 photoscyclingnews
Hivert takes another French win at Ruta del Solvelonew
February 21 update: Stage 2 has lots of climbing, probably the most of any stage at this year's event Starting from Almuñécar, the race will head east along the coast before turning inland for three climbs labeled either cat 1 or cat 2 depending on whether you look at the official profile or official map In any case, after lots of climbing the race will descend back to the coast for the flat finish in Adra after 162 km It was a beautiful day for the opening TT and the warm temps will carry over to day 2 although it will be very windy — Steve

Stage 1 results: Saur - Sojasun's Jimmy Engoulvent takes the short opening TT aka prologue

Stage 1/prologue results
1  Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun             9:28   
2  Markel Irizar Aramburu (Spa) Team Radioshack      
3  Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  + 0:01   
4  Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack           + 0:02   
5  Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun              + 0:03   
6  Paul Poux (Fra) Saur - Sojasun                  + 0:07   
7  Luis Pasamontes (Spa) Movistar Team             + 0:08   
8  Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling      
9  Rigoberto Uran (Col) Sky Procycling             + 0:09   
10 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team Radioshack                + 0:10
Stage 1 complete resultsbiciciclismo
Stage 1 resultscyclingnews
Stage 1 photoscyclingnews
 Stage 1 Brief Highlights (00:27 spanish) — andalucia tv
February 19 update: A fairly straight forward prologue labeled as stage 1 with a few rolls and turns See the profile, map and timetable (right) for more prologue/stage 1 details — Steve
Start order and timesbiciciclismo

February 19 update:
Official Startlist now posted

2011 Vuelta a Andalucia - Ruta Ciclista del Sol Race Preview

February 8 update: This race, in the southern most province of Spain, is another of those tune-up stage races for the big names and an opportunity to burst onto the scene for the youngsters Vuelta a Andalucia overlaps with
Volta ao Algarve this year, but there is lots of talent to go around.. at least that's what race organizers say Check the provisional startlist for yourself.

Vuelta a Andalucia is a lumpy-hilly race, but the finishes aren't too difficult I've labelled stage 2 a mountain stage because it has two cat 1 and a cat 3 climbs before a downhill finish, definitely the hardest of the five stages.

See the stage map (use the timetable link) and profiles right and scroll down for the early startlist More to come... — Steve

Official Sitevueltaandalucia
Picturesque shots from last year's Vuelta a Espana Stage 4 which finished in Jaénsirotti/reuters
Vuelta a Espana 2009 Stage 15 Jaen -> Cordobasirotti

Live Text Updates, Video Highlights and TV Coverage

February 20 update: Live streaming video isn't likely There will be live text updates then video highlights later in the day More to come.. — Steve
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2011 Vuelta a Andalucia - Ruta Ciclista del Sol Map

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