TV Show: Stage 13 of the 2009 La Vuelta A Espana
Air Date: Saturday, September 12, 2009
Network: Universal Sports (Live Coverage)
Commentators: Steve Schlanger & Todd Gogulski
Files: 2009 La Vuelta A Espana - Stage 13.avi (1.47GB)
Video Codec : 2-pass XviD (.AVI extension)
Video Datarate : 2318 kbps
Video Framerate : 29 fps
Resolution : 480 x 320p
Audio Codec : MP3; Stereo; 160 kbps
STAGE 13 DETAILS:
Start And Finish: Berja → Sierra Nevada
Distance: 172 km
Stage Profile: Although Friday 11th September represents one of the race’s most stages, no less important is the stage to be held on Saturday 12th, which starts off in the best way possible in the form of the Berja (3rd category) and La Ragua (1st category) climbs, located close to the start. The tough route, which is perfect for breakaways, will make it practically impossible for the leader’s team to control the race.
Following a stretch on easier roads, the “peloton” will head towards the third of the four Special category climbs included in the 2009 Vuelta. The final climb to Sierra Nevada (16.9 kilometres and 10% average gradient) will play a vital role in the development of the 13th stage.
Previous editions: The town of Berja in Almeria makes its debut as the host of a stage start. On the other hand, Sierra Nevada has hosted stage finishes on ten ocassions. The first of these took place in 1979 and was won by Felipe Yánez, whilst the most recent stage took place in 2004 and was won by Santi Pérez.