Stage 18 of Vuelta a España 2013 is a mountain stage with summit finish from Burgos to Peña Cabarga. The length of the course is 186.5 km.
DATE: September 12, Thursday
STAGE TYPE: Mountains with summit finish
START-FINISH: Burgos (890 m) > Peña Cabarga (565 m)
STAGE DISTANCE: 186.5 km
Peña Cabarga. 5.9 km long, ax. altitude: 565 m, diff: 545 m, avg: 9.2%, max. 20%.
Burgos is a city in northern Spain, historic capital of Castile. It is situated on the confluence of the Arlanzón river tributaries, at the edge of the Iberian central plateau.The city has many historic landmarks, of particular importance; the Cathedral of Burgos one of the first examples of Gothic art in Spain (declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1984), Las Huelgas Reales Monastery and the Cartuja of Miraflores. A large number of churches, palaces and other buildings from the medieval age remain. The city is surrounded by the Fuentes Blancas and the Paseo de la Isla parks.
It has a well-developed transportation system, forming the main communication node in northern Spain. In 2008, the international Burgos Airport started to offer commercial flights. Furthermore, AVE high speed trains are planned to start in service in 2015.
The Museum of Human Evolution was opened in 2010, unique in its kind across the world and projected to become one of the top 10 most-visited museums in Spain. The museum features the first Europeans, which lived in this area 800,000 years ago.
Burgos has been selected as the Spanish Gastronomy Capital of 2013.
Finish: Peña Cabarga
Peña Cabarga is a massive karst located in Cantabria, Spain and configures the Massif Natural Park of Peña Cabarga. It has been 3-time final stage in Vuelta (1979, 2010 and 2011) and the winners were Angel Lopez del Alamo (1979), Joaquim Rodriguez (2010) and Chris Froome (2011).