TV Show: Stage 14 of the 2009 La Vuelta A Espana
Air Date: Sunday, September 13, 2009
Network: Universal Sports (Live Coverage)
Commentators: Steve Schlanger & Todd Gogulski
Files: 2009 La Vuelta A Espana - Stage 14.avi (1.50GB)
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 14 DETAILS:
Start And Finish: Granada → Córdoba
Distance: 157 km
Stage Profile: Following Friday’s finish on Velefique and Saturday's finish on Sierra Nevada,, the third consecutive mountain stage sees another Special Category finish: La Pandera. The 14th stage of the Vuelta starts in Granada and finishes on the summit of Sierra La Pandera.
After two days that will require maximum effort of the riders, the organizers have intelligently decided on a shorter stage in order to encourage further efforts from the riders, who bodies are sure to be feeling the after-effects of so much climbing. Nevertheless, the finish in Madrid is drawing closer and the remaining opportunities for victory are not to be overlooked. The stage, which includes the 2nd category climb of Los Villares and the Special category La Pandera, situated one after another in the final 24 kilometres, will be spectacular. La Pandera is an 8.4 kilometre climb at an average gradient of 8% and stretches of up to 13%:
Previous editions: Granada has hosted 23 stage starts in the past. La Sierra de La Pandera has a much shorter, although equally intense, history, having been the scene of four stage finishes in the last eight years. Previous Winners: Roberto Heras, Alejandro Valverde and Andrei Kashechkin.