2009 Vuelta a España

2009 Vuelta a España
2009 UCI World Ranking, race 23 of 24
Race details
Dates 29 August–20 September
Stages 21
Distance 3,292.3 km (2,046 mi)
Winning time 87h 22' 37"
Winner  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (Caisse d'Epargne)
Second  Samuel Sánchez (ESP) (Euskaltel–Euskadi)
Third  Cadel Evans (AUS) (Silence–Lotto)

Points  André Greipel (GER) (Team Columbia–HTC)
Mountains  David Moncoutié (FRA) (Cofidis)
Combination  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (Caisse d'Epargne)
Team Xacobeo–Galicia

The 2009 Vuelta a España was the 64th Vuelta a España. The event took place from 29 August to 20 September 2009. For only the second time in the race's history, it began away from Spanish soil, with the race not in fact reaching Spain until Stage 5.

The 2009 Vuelta has been described as having an easy start and a hard finish.[1] This is because of the short individual time trial and three perfectly flat stages in the Netherlands (along with another in Spain in the race's first week), and eight of the final fourteen stages being mountain stages, with four mountaintop finishes.

The race was won by Spain's Alejandro Valverde who claimed his first grand tour victory.[2][3]


29 teams sought places in the race, of which 21 were initially invited to compete.[4] Fuji–Servetto, one of two UCI ProTour teams omitted from the list of invited teams, appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and were subsequently granted the right to enter. Team Katusha are thus the only ProTour team absent from the race.


For details see 2009 Vuelta a España, Stage 1 to Stage 11 and 2009 Vuelta a España, Stage 12 to Stage 21.

Stage characteristics and winners[5]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 29 Aug Assen (Netherlands) 4.8 km (3 mi) Individual time trial  Fabian Cancellara (SUI)
2 30 Aug Assen (Netherlands) to Emmen (Netherlands) 203.7 km (127 mi) Flat stage  Gerald Ciolek (GER)
3 31 Aug Zutphen (Netherlands) to Venlo (Netherlands) 189.7 km (118 mi) Flat stage  Greg Henderson (NZL)
4 1 Sept Venlo (Netherlands) to Liège (Belgium) 225.5 km (140 mi) Flat stage  André Greipel (GER)
2 Sept Rest/travel day
5 3 Sept Tarragona to Vinaròs 174.0 km (108 mi) Flat stage  André Greipel (GER)
6 4 Sept Xàtiva 176.8 km (110 mi) Flat stage  Borut Božič (SLO)
7 5 Sept Valencia 30.0 km (19 mi) Individual time trial  Fabian Cancellara (SUI)
8 6 Sept Alzira to Alto de Aitana 204.7 km (127 mi) Mountain stage  Damiano Cunego (ITA)
9 7 Sept Alcoy to Xorret del Catí 188.8 km (117 mi) Mountain stage  Gustavo César Veloso (ESP)
10 8 Sept Alicante to Murcia 171.2 km (106 mi) Flat stage  Simon Gerrans (AUS)
11 9 Sept Murcia to Caravaca de la Cruz 200.0 km (124 mi) Transition stage  Tyler Farrar (USA)
10 Sept Rest day
12 11 Sept Almería to Alto de Velefique 179.3 km (111 mi) Mountain stage  Ryder Hesjedal (CAN)
13 12 Sept Berja to Sierra Nevada 172.4 km (107 mi) Mountain stage  David Moncoutié (FRA)
14 13 Sept Granada to La Pandera 157.0 km (98 mi) Mountain stage  Damiano Cunego (ITA)
15 14 Sept Jaén to Córdoba 167.7 km (104 mi) Transition stage  Lars Boom (NED)
16 15 Sept Córdoba to Puertollano 170.3 km (106 mi) Flat stage  André Greipel (GER)
17 16 Sept Ciudad Real to Talavera de la Reina 193.6 km (120 mi) Flat stage  Anthony Roux (FRA)
18 17 Sept Talavera de la Reina to Ávila 165.0 km (103 mi) Transition stage  Philip Deignan (IRL)
19 18 Sept Ávila to La Granja de San Ildefonso 179.8 km (112 mi) Mountain stage  Juan José Cobo (ESP)
20 19 Sept Toledo 27.8 km (17 mi) Individual time trial  David Millar (GB)
21 20 Sept Rivas-Vaciamadrid to Madrid 110.2 km (68 mi) Flat stage  André Greipel (GER)
TOTAL 3,292.3 km (2,046 mi)

Classification leadership

In the 2009 Vuelta a España, four different jerseys are awarded. For the general classification, calculated by adding the finishing times of the stages per cyclist after deduction of time bonuses for high placings in stage finishes and at intermediate sprints, the leader receives a golden jersey. This classification is considered the most important of the Vuelta a España, and the winner of the general classification is considered the winner of the Vuelta.

Additionally, there is also a points classification, which awards a green jersey. In the points classification, cyclists receive points for finishing in the top 15 in a stage. The winner gets 25 points, second place 20, third 16, fourth 14, fifth 12, sixth 10, and one point per place less down the line, to a single point for fifteenth. In addition, some points can be won in intermediate sprints.

There is also a mountains classification, which awards a red jersey. In the mountains classifications, points were won by reaching the top of a mountain before other cyclists. Each climb is categorized, with most of the climbs being either first, second, third, or fourth category. There are also three "special category" climbs (equivalent to Hors Categorie in the Tour de France); these are the stage finishes on the Alto de Aitana, the Alto de Sierra Nevada, and the Sierra de La Pandera. These climbs award even more points than a first-category climb.

Finally, there is the combination classification. This is calculated by adding the rankings in the general, points and mountains classifications; the cyclist with the lowest combined ranking is the leader in the combination classification, and receives a white jersey.

There is also a classification for teams. In this classification, the times of the best three cyclists per stage are added, and the team with the lowest time is the leader.

Stage Winner General classification

Maillot Oro
Points classification

Maillot Puntos
Mountains classification

Maillot Montaña
Combination Classification

Maillot Combinada
Team classification
Clasificación por equipos
1 Fabian Cancellara Fabian Cancellara Fabian Cancellara Not Awarded Fabian Cancellara Liquigas
2 Gerald Ciolek Tom Boonen Tom Leezer
3 Greg Henderson
4 André Greipel André Greipel Lars Boom Dominik Roels Team Columbia–HTC
5 André Greipel André Greipel Aitor Hernández Serafín Martínez Liquigas
6 Borut Božič José Antonio López Gil
7 Fabian Cancellara Fabian Cancellara Dominik Roels Garmin–Slipstream
8 Damiano Cunego Cadel Evans David Moncoutie Cadel Evans Caisse d'Epargne
9 Gustavo Cesar Veloso Alejandro Valverde
10 Simon Gerrans David De La Fuente
11 Tyler Farrar David Moncoutie
12 Ryder Hesjedal Alejandro Valverde
13 David Moncoutie
14 Damiano Cunego Alejandro Valverde
15 Lars Boom Xacobeo–Galicia
16 André Greipel André Greipel
17 Anthony Roux
18 Philip Deignan
19 Juan José Cobo
20 David Millar
21 André Greipel
Final Alejandro Valverde André Greipel David Moncoutié Alejandro Valverde Xacobeo–Galicia
Jersey wearers when one rider is leading two or more competitions

If a cyclist leads two or more competitions at the end of a stage, he receives all those jerseys. In the next stage, he can only wear one jersey, and he wears the jersey representing leadership in the most important competition (golden first, then green, then red, then white). The other jerseys that the cyclists owns are worn in the next stage by the second-place (or, if needed, third or fourth-place) rider in that classification.

Final standings

After stage 21

General Classification

Rider Team Time
1  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne 87h 22' 37"
2  Samuel Sánchez (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi + 55"
3  Cadel Evans (AUS) Silence–Lotto + 1' 32"
4  Ivan Basso (ITA) Liquigas + 2' 12"
5  Ezequiel Mosquera (ESP) Xacobeo–Galicia + 4' 27"
6  Robert Gesink (NED) Rabobank + 6' 40"
7  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne + 9' 08"
8  Paolo Tiralongo (ITA) Lampre–NGC + 9' 11"
9  Philip Deignan (IRL) Cervélo TestTeam + 11' 08"
10  Juan José Cobo (ESP) Fuji–Servetto + 11' 27"

Points Classification

Rider Team Points
1  André Greipel (GER) Team Columbia–HTC 150
2  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne 111
3  Daniele Bennati (ITA) Liquigas 101
4  Cadel Evans (AUS) Silence–Lotto 99
5  Samuel Sánchez (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi 89
6  Borut Božič (SLO) Vacansoleil 68
7  Ezequiel Mosquera (ESP) Xacobeo–Galicia 68
8  Robert Gesink (NED) Rabobank 68
9  Ivan Basso (ITA) Liquigas 64
10  Leonardo Duque (COL) Cofidis 64

King of the Mountains Classification

Rider Team Points
1  David Moncoutié (FRA) Cofidis 186
2  David de la Fuente (ESP) Fuji–Servetto 99
3  Julián Sánchez Pimienta (ESP) Contentpolis–Ampo 73
4  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne 67
5  Ezequiel Mosquera (ESP) Xacobeo–Galicia 61
6  Pieter Weening (NED) Rabobank 60
7  Javier Ramírez Abeja (ESP) Andalucía–Cajasur 59
8  Robert Gesink (NED) Rabobank 58
9  Johnny Hoogerland (NED) Vacansoleil 54
10  Samuel Sánchez (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi 52

Combination Classification

Rider Team Points
1  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne 7
2  Samuel Sánchez (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi 17
3  Ezequiel Mosquera (ESP) Xacobeo–Galicia 17
4  Cadel Evans (AUS) Silence–Lotto 19
5  Robert Gesink (NED) Rabobank 22
6  Ivan Basso (ITA) Liquigas 29
7  David Moncoutié (FRA) Cofidis 40
8  Johnny Hoogerland (NED) Vacansoleil 52
9  Juan José Cobo (ESP) Fuji–Servetto 53
10  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Caisse d'Epargne 58

Teams Classification

Team Time
1 Xacobeo–Galicia261h 57' 19"
2 Caisse d'Epargne + 23' 43"
3 Astana + 31' 39"
4 Cofidis + 39' 37"
5 Fuji–Servetto + 52' 13"
6 Rabobank + 57' 35"
7 Euskaltel–Euskadi + 1h 04' 40"
8 Silence–Lotto + 1h 07' 04"
9 Cervélo TestTeam + 1h 19' 27"
10 Liquigas + 1h 34' 05"

World Rankings points

The Vuelta was the penultimate event in the 2009 UCI World Ranking. The rankings leader, Alberto Contador, did not compete in the event, but five of the top ten did, including the race winner, Valverde, who earned enough points to ensure that the title was not yet decided. Valverde, however, remained banned from riding in Italy, and so did not take part in the final ranking event, the 2009 Giro di Lombardia.


Rider Team Nationality Stage pointsPoints for final positionTotal
Valverde, AlejandroAlejandro ValverdeCaisse d'Epargne Spain 18170188
Sanchez, SSamuel SánchezEuskaltel–Euskadi Spain 14130144
Evans, CadelCadel EvansSilence–Lotto Australia 10100110
Mosquera, EzequielEzequiel MosqueraXacobeo–Galicia Spain 128092
Basso, IvanIvan BassoLiquigas Italy 19091
Gesink, RobertRobert GesinkRabobank Netherlands 117081
Greipel, AndréAndré GreipelTeam Columbia–HTC Germany 7373
Deignan, PhilipPhilip DeignanCervélo TestTeam Ireland 164460
Rodríguez, JoaquimJoaquim RodríguezCaisse d'Epargne Spain 6060
Cobo, Juan JoséJuan José CoboFuji–Servetto Spain 163854
Tiralongo, PaoloPaolo TiralongoLampre–NGC Italy 5252
Cunego, DamianoDamiano CunegoLampre–NGC Italy 3333
Moreno, DanielDaniel MorenoCaisse d'Epargne Spain 13233
Cancellara, FabianFabian CancellaraTeam Saxo Bank  Switzerland3232
Farrar, TylerTyler FarrarGarmin–Slipstream United States 3131
Božič, BorutBorut BožičVacansoleil Slovenia 2828
Hoogerland, JohnnyJohnny HoogerlandVacansoleil Netherlands 2626
Hesjedal, RyderRyder HesjedalGarmin–Slipstream Canada 2424
Millar, DavidDavid MillarGarmin–Slipstream United Kingdom 2424
Moncoutié, DavidDavid MoncoutiéCofidis France 2424
Bennati, DanieleDaniele BennatiLiquigas Italy 2323
Navarro, DanielDaniel NavarroAstana Spain 2222
Bonnet, WilliamWilliam BonnetBbox Bouygues Telecom  France 1818
Cesar, GustavoGustavo CesarXacobeo–Galicia Spain 1818
Ciolek, GeraldGerald CiolekTeam Milram Germany 1818
Zubeldia, HaimarHaimar ZubeldiaAstana Spain 1818
Boonen, TomTom BoonenQuick-Step Belgium1717
Boom, LarsLars BoomRabobank Netherlands 1616
Fuglsang, JakobJakob FuglsangTeam Saxo Bank Denmark 1616
Gerrans, SimonSimon GerransCervélo TestTeam Australia 1616
Henderson, GregGreg HendersonTeam Columbia–HTC New Zealand 1616
Roux, AnthonyAnthony RouxFrançaise des Jeux France 1616
Vazquez, MManuel VázquezContentpolis-Ampo Spain 21416
Kiryienka, VasilVasil KiryienkaCaisse d'Epargne Belarus 11011
Herrero, DavidDavid HerreroXacobeo–Galicia Spain 1010
Kreuziger, RomanRoman KreuzigerLiquigas Czech Republic 99
García, DavidDavid GarcíaXacobeo–Galicia Spain 88
Gilbert, PhilippePhilippe GilbertSilence–Lotto Belgium 88
Grabsch, BertBert GrabschTeam Columbia–HTC Germany88
Marzano, MarcoMarco MarzanoLampre–NGC Italy 88
Sabatini, FabioFabio SabatiniLiquigas Italy 88
Szmyd, SylwesterSylwester SzmydLiquigas Poland 88
Weylandt, WouterWouter WeylandtQuick-Step Belgium 88
Moinard, AmaëlAmaël MoinardCofidis France 66
Hammond, RogerRoger HammondCervélo TestTeam United Kingdom 44
Duque, LeonardoLeonardo DuqueCofidis Colombia 44
Freire, ÓscarÓscar FreireRabobank Spain 44
Hernández, JesúsJesús HernándezAstana Spain 44
Marcato, MarcoMarco MarcatoVacansoleil Italy 44
Roels, DominikDominik RoelsTeam Milram Germany 44
de la Fuente, DavidDavid de la FuenteFuji–Servetto Spain 22
De Weert, KevinKevin De WeertQuick-Step Belgium 22
Isasi, IñakiIñaki IsasiEuskaltel–Euskadi Spain 22
Mouris, JensJens MourisVacansoleil Netherlands 22
Pacheco, Francisco JoséFrancisco José PachecoContentpolis-Ampo Spain 22
Sieberg, MarcelMarcel SiebergTeam Columbia–HTC Germany 22
Viganò, DavideDavide ViganòFuji–Servetto Italy 22
Vinokourov, AlexanderAlexander VinokourovAstana Kazakhstan 22
Antón, IgorIgor AntónEuskaltel–Euskadi Spain11
Hansen, AdamAdam HansenTeam Columbia–HTC Australia 11
Hinault, SébastienSébastien HinaultAg2r–La Mondiale France 11
Iglinsky, MaximMaxim IglinskyAstana Kazakhstan 11
Velo, MarcoMarco VeloQuick-Step Italy 11


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