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Consistent throughout, Xavier Tondo is your 2011 Vuelta Castilla y León overall winner although he didn't win a stage. Oddly enough, none of the three riders on the GC podium won a stage.
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Stage 5 results: Ben Swift (Sky) wins the last sprint stage and Xavier Tondo wins the GC

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Stage 5 results
1  Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling                       3:30:00   
2  Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team      
3  Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi      
4  Theo Bos (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team      
5  Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox      
6  Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Geox-TMC      
7  Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Caja Rural      
8  Diego Milán Jiménez (Spa) Caja Rural      
9  Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Orbea Continental      
10 Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016 - Castilla y León

Final General Classification              
1  Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spa) Movistar Team           17:01:40   
2  Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team            + 0:09   
3  Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi         + 0:17   
4  Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox          + 0:40   
5  Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun                   + 0:47   
6  Juan Pablo Suarez Suarez (Col) EPM - UNE      
7  Dario David Cioni (Ita) Sky Procycling               + 0:54   
8  Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Orbea Continental        + 0:58   
9  Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team       + 0:59   
10 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team          + 1:10
Tondo wins Vuelta a Castilla y Leon (Full Results) — cyclingnews
Xavier Tondo wins Castilla y León as Ben Swift takes final stagevelonews
Sick Contador happy with progressuk.eurosport
5 Big Photos from Stage 5 reuters
April 17 update: With an 11s lead and one flat stage remaining, Xavier Tondo (Movistar Team) all but has the overall win locked up. It's been a very good week for Movistar with two stage wins by Francisco Ventoso and the overall lead. Now Ventoso has a chance for the hat-trick today to go along with his teammate's overall win.
See the race summary table (right) for the stage profile, map and timetable. — Steve

Stage 4 ITT results: Saxo Bank goes 1-2; Tondo moves ahead of Mollema for the top spot overall

Stage 4 results
1  Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-SunGard)      13:42
2  Richie Porte (Saxo Bank-Sungard)         + 0:01
3  Xavier Tondo (Movistar Team)             + 0:02
4  Bauke Mollema (Rabobank)                 + 0:15
5  Alex Dowsett (Sky)                       + 0:19
6  Igor Antón (Euskaltel-Euskadi)           + 0:20
7  Juan Pablo Suárez (EPM-UNE)              + 0:26
8  Rafael Infantino (EPM-UNE)               + 0:31
9  Jerome Coppel (Saur Sojasun)             + 0:32
10 Chris Froome (Sky)                       + 0:37 

General Classification after Stage 4              
1  Xavier Tondo (Movistar Team)            
2  Bauke Mollema (Rabobank)                 + 0:11
3  Igor Antón (Euskaltel-Euskadi)           + 0:17
4  Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago CSF Inox)    + 0:40
5  Juan Pablo Suárez (EPM-UNE)              + 0:47
Contador best against the clock cyclingnews
Mollema sterk, maar verliest
Contador gana la contrarreloj de la Vuelta a Castilla y León elpais
One stage from closing a triumphant week movistarteam
3 Big Photos from Stage 4 reuters
April 15 update: With an individual time-trial 11.2 km in length, the organizers have been very sensible for a five day stage race. The course is a little technical at the start but straight-forward for the most part.

The current race leader, Bauke Mollema (Rabobank), is a good time-trialer. In fact, he came a very solid 13th on stage 6 at Paris-Nice in March finishing one spot ahead of Luis Leon Sanchez. Looking at the current leaderboard, it's doubtful there will be a change at the top after Saturday's TT.
See the race summary table (right) for the stage profile, map and timetable. — Steve
ITT Start Order and Timesbiciciclismo

Stage 3 results: Filippo Savini (Colnago CSF Inox) wins from the break; Alberto Contador flats in the final 3 km

Stage 3 results
1  Filippo Savini (Colnago CSF Inox)       3:58:25
2  Bauke Mollema (Rabobank)                 + 0:07
3  Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago CSF Inox)   
4  Igor Antón (Euskaltel-Euskadi)           + 0:10
5  Xavier Tondo (Movistar Team)   
6  Dario Cioni (Sky)                        + 0:15
7  Robinson Chalapud (Colombia es Pasión)   + 0:24
8  Juanma Garate (Rabobank)                 + 0:28
9  Santi Pérez (Barbot)   
10 Darwin Atapuma (Colombia es Pasión)   

General Classification after Stage 3
1  Bauke Mollema (Rabobank)               13:17:52
2  Xavier Tondo (Movistar Team)             + 0:03
3  Igor Antón (Euskaltel-Euskadi) 
4  Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago CSF Inox)    + 0:06
5  Dario Cioni (Sky)                        + 0:14
   Alberto Contador (Saxo-Bank)             + 2:52
Savini steals queen stage as Contador's hopes vanishcyclingnews
Stock photo of Filippo Savinisirotti
Savini nel Castiglia Terzo
Filippo Savini wins stage at Castilla y Leon, Bauke Mollema takes leadvelonews
El colombiano Parra, en la UCI tras una caída en Castilla y Leónbiciciclismo
15 Big Photos from Stage 3 (more photos added)reuters/hughes

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April 14 update: Stage 3 is the only stage mountain of this year's event. The riders have enjoyed the great weather and picturesque scenary the first two days now lets get down to business.

There are two cat 1 climbs at the end of this stage in the Sierra de la Cabrera, a protected mountainous area in Northern Spain. The steeper and longer of the two, El Peñón (profile) translates quite simply to "The Rock" in English. It's 15 km long with an average grade of 6.1% and crests 46 km from the finish where there will be summit finish on Laguna de Los Peces. Laguna de Los Peces (profile) is 13 km long and averages about 5.4% finishing at 1740m el. These climbs aren't too difficult but should be a good test and if Alberto Contador, Igor Anton, Xavier Tondo and Carlos Sastre make it their business to do so, there will be time gaps at the finish.
See the race summary table (right) for the stage profile, map and timetable. — Steve

Stage 2 results: Francisco José Ventoso (Movistar) is off to a flying start at this year's race with his second win

Stage 2 results
1  Francisco Ventoso (Movistar Team)            5:06:23 
2  Sergio Ribeiro (Barbot)   
3  Russel Downing (Sky)   
4  Aitor Galdos (Caja Rural)   
5  Rubén Pérez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)   
6  Matteo Pelucchi (Geox-TMC)   
7  Egoitz García (Caja Rural)   
8  Pablo Lastras (Movistar Team)   
9  Jaime Castañeda (EPM-UNE)   
10 Manuel Belletti (Colnago CSF Inox)

General Classification after Stage 2
1  Francisco Ventoso (Movistar Team)          9:19:20
2  Russel Downing (Sky)   
3  Manuel Belletti (Colnago CSF Inox)   
4  Rubén Pérez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)   
5  Luke Roberts (Saxo Bank)    
Two in a row for Ventoso cyclingnews
Ventoso wins again at Castilla y Leonvelonews
Vuelta a Castilla y León: Francisco Ventoso goes two from two in Salamanca velonation
4 Big Photos from Stage 2reuters

April 14 update: Stage 2 features a rolling route starting from Valladolid, the capital of the Castilla y León region and heading southwest to the finish in Salamanca. This route lacks profile-wise, but some may find the history and scenery interesting.

As the banner description at the top of the page says, this will be roughly the same route as stage 18 of the Vuelta a Espana last year which ended in a field sprint won by Mark Cavendish.
See the race summary table (right) for the stage profile, map and timetable. — Steve
Big Photos from Vuelta a Espana 2010 stage 18reuters/sirotti

Stage 1 results: Francisco José Ventoso (Movistar) wins the sprint finish in Palencia

Stage 1 results
1  Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team        4:12:57   
2  Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox      
3  Marko Kump (Slo) Geox-TMC      
4  Luke Roberts (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard      
5  Russell Downing (GBr) Sky Procycling      
6  Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada      
7  Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun      
8  Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Spa) Orbea Continental      
9  Joaquin Sobrino (Spa) Caja Rural      
10 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
Ventoso victorious in Palenciacyclingnews
Vuelta a Castilla y León: Primera etapa y liderato para Ventoso eitb
Fran Ventoso like the wind in Castilla y Leónvelonews
5 Big Photos from Stage 1reuters
Saxo Bank's David Tanner breaks elbow in first stage of Vuelta a Castilla y Leon velonation
April 12 update: Stage 1 is a flat/rolling course north of Valladolid before the finishing circuits in Palencia which feature a cat 3 climb done three times.
See the race summary table (right) for the stage profile, map and timetable. — Steve
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April 12 update:
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March 15 update: Vuelta a Castilla y León (Tour of Castile and Leon) is a 5-day stage race held in the Castilla y León region of Northern Spain running Wednesday April 14th to Sunday April 18th this year.

The 2011 route details were announced on March 11th and now know there will be short individual time-trial (11 km), one mountain stage, a hilly circuit finish for stage 2 and two sprint stages. With only one mountain stage, this year's race is easier than previous editions. The race will feature 15 teams including ProTour teams: Movistar, Euskaltel-Euskadi, Sky, Rabobank, RadioShack and Saxo Bank-SunGard. Spaniards Alberto Contador, Carlos Sastre and Igor Anton are marquee names that have committed so far. See the race summary table for all the stage profiles and timetables. More to come. — Steve

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April 12 update: A work in progress for 2011 Vuelta a Castilla y León live and delayed coverage. Check back at race time for the unrestricted live links. Feel free to send in additional sources for live video, tv coverage or text updates/tickers as they become known. — Steve
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