Vuelta a España 2014 Stage 16 Details – it is a 160.5 km mountain stage with summit finish from San Martín del Rey Aurelio to La Farrapona. Lagos de Somiedo.
This is the crowning stage of the Vuelta a España 2014. It will be a short stage, only 158.8 kilometers long, with everything such a stage usually entails for the riders. The itinerary includes five 1st category mountain passes, including the final climb up the demanding Farrapona summit. It will be a day full of nerves in which the big favorites of the general classification will try to make one last play for the final victory of the 2014 edition.
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Vuelta a España 2014 Stage 16 quick info
- DATE September 08, 2014, Monday
- STAGE TYPE Mountains (summit finish)
- START-FINISH San Martín del Rey Aurelio (250 m) – La Farrapona. Lagos de Somiedo (1,705 m)
- LENGTH OF THE COURSE 160.5 km
Vuelta a España 2014 stage 16 profile
Vuelta a España 2014 stage 16 start town: San Martín del Rey Aurelio
San Martín del Rey Aurelio is a municipality of the Autonomous Community of the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain.
Vuelta a España 2014 stage 16 finish: La Farrapona. Lagos de Somiedo
Somiedo Natural Park is a natural park located in the central area of the Cantabrian Mountains in the Principality of Asturias in northern Spain. Lakes in the park have been designated a natural monument, the Conjunto Lacustre de Somiedo.
The park is a stronghold of the Cantabrian brown bear. In 2009 the Spanish newspaper El País referred to Somiedo with its 30 bears as the Spanish Yellowstone. The Fundación Oso Pardo (FOP) opened an interpretation centre in October 2011 called “Somiedo y el Oso” in Pola de Somiedo.
The European Union designated the park as a Special Protection Area for birds in 1989. Birds include the Cantabrian Capercaillie. The number of capercaillies in the park has declined significantly, but there are efforts to reverse the decline via a recovery plan for the subspecies. The plan, which operates across a number of SPAs, has been supported by the LIFE Programme.
The natural park is also part of an Important Bird Area, called Babia-Somiedo.