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Vuelta a Espania Betting

The Vuelta a Espania is the lesser known sibling of the Tour de France and the Giro D'Italia. The three week series is the last of the three Grand Tours in professional cycling and is the last chance for cyclists to seriously improve their world rankings inside a professional season.

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Vuelta a Espania betting is just as intense and exciting as betting in any other cycling series. The same sorts of races are laid out before the professionals and the fields of cyclists are big enough to ensure that there are one or two surprises along the way.

The Vuelta a Espania is growing in importance and is starting to challenge the importance of the tours in France and Italy. Spain is one of the most beautiful countries in the world to compete in and some suggest the scenery and the stages are far more enjoyable than the other tour Grand Tours.

History of the Vuelta a Espania

The history of the Vuelta a Espania started in 1935 when 50 entrants competed over a distance of 3,411 kilometres over 14 stages. A similar format is still in place today showing there has been little change in the way the Vuelta a Espania is staged.

The history of the Vuelta a Espania has seen the Grand Tour moved from spring to autumn for two different reasons. Firstly, the series conflicted with the Giro D’Italia which is now the first Grand Tour of the season. Secondly, the Vuelta a Espania was moved due to the intense Spanish temperatures through spring and summer.

The Vuelta a Espania grew in importance through the 1960s and 1970s when the best cyclists from France and Italy would start to enter the stages and compete against the best racers in Spain. Cyclists from other countries continued to enter over the decades which has made the tour as big as it is now.

Vuelta a Espania Leaders Jersey

The Vuelta a Espania leaders jersey is unique in the history of cycling because it has changed continuously throughout the history of the Vuelta a Espania. The series as it stands now mirrors all of the same colours for the various classifications as the Tour de France

The major reason for this current status with the Vuelta a Espania leaders jersey is due to the confusion the decisions to change the colours every few years created. The Vuelta a Espania leaders jersey has been white, white and red, blue, red and many more different colours.

Vuelta a Espania Stages

In total there will be 21 Vuelta a Espania stages for the 2011 Grand Tour. These stages will run from August 20 to September 11 with two rest days on August 30 and September 5. The stages each year are different and cover various regions of Spain.

The 21 Vuelta a Espania stages are; Benidorm 16km (team time trial), La Nucia 171.5km, Petrer 164km, Baza 172km, Sierra Navada 200km, Ubeda 185.7km, Almaden 185km, Talavera 182km, Villacastin 179.5km, Salamanca 40km (individual time trial), Verin 171km, Ponteareas 160km, Sarria 150km, Astorga 173.2km, Aviles 144km, Villa Romana La Olmeda 180km, Faustino V 212.5km, Solares 169.7km, Noja 157.9km, Bilbao 187km and Circuito del Jarama 94km.

Vuelta a Espania Strategy

The best Vuelta a Espania strategy is to go with the favourites in the first few stages and see how the standings for each classification take shape. Bear in mind that this Grand Tour is the third, following arguably the two most important. Cyclists are going to be in the least best physical shape of the season which could create a few surprises across different stages.

After the first few stages it will become clear who is going to challenge for each different classification. This should make Vuelta a Espania strategy a little easier as there will be a list of three or four cyclists who could all contend. Vuelta a Espania strategy also includes the obvious dos and don'ts with cycling betting such as backing the sprint riders to win the general classification or endurance stages.