The Inner Ring Vuelta guide is online, see the link at the top of the page or click here. Similar to the Tour de France guide, it contains profiles of every stage, a list of riders and more info.
However, the Spanish roads are not so familiar to me, especially once you go beyond the northern areas of the Basque Country and Catalonia. When I see the profile of a climb, I don’t know the real details like road surfaces and the variability of the gradient. So I can’t provide an informed commentary on each stage but hopefully the profiles speak for themselves. Also, I want to supply more info but the Vuelta website isn’t too good. And a dog ate my notes too.
¡Viva La Vuelta!
Ok, it’s the third grand tour and I’m not just talking about its spot on the calendar; it’s not quite as popular or as prestigious as the Tour de France or Giro. But it’s still a massive race and the best thing is that you don’t have to pick between the Tour and the Vuelta, you can enjoy both and find different things to appreciate.
La Vuelta is playing catch-up. It never got going until years after the Tour and Giro, meaning it has less history. Similarly, Spain was a dictatorship and it wasn’t until the 1980s that the country opened up. The country has great terrain for cycling, with mountains all over the place.
For me the race is shaping up nicely with several contenders for the win and a varied course that provides something for everyone, unless you are a time trial specialist, when you have to make do with just one stage sandwiched between two big days in the mountains. It should be a good race and if my predictive powers aren’t too hot for the race, it should provide plenty of other things to discuss.
For the guide, just let me know if there’s more info you’d like to see and I’ll see what’s possible.