Stage 9 of Vuelta a España 2013 is a mountain stage with summit finish, between Antequera and Valdepeñas de Jaén. The length of the course is 163.7 km.
Valdepeñas de Jaén has one of the toughest ramps in the world of cycling. The gradient hits up to 30%, more than enough to ensure an epic day of racing for the aficionados. The stage will be tough and, after the previous day’s efforts, there could well be some differences at the finish line. A bad day at Valdepeñas de Jaén can affect the remainder of the race. Leaders will pay particular attention to the final movements in order to fight for the prestige of winning a stage.
|DATE||September 01, Sunday|
|STAGE TYPE||Mountains with summit finish|
|START-FINISH||Antequera (420 m) > Valdepeñas de Jaén (1000 m)|
|STAGE DISTANCE||163.7 km|
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Antequera is a city and municipality in the province of Málaga, part of the Spanish autonomous community of Andalusia. It is known as “the heart of Andalusia” (el corazón de Andalucía) because of its central location among Málaga, Granada, Córdoba, and Seville. It is noted for two large Bronze Age dolmens.
The city had its origins in the ancient Roman Antikaria, although several sites located in the town attest that the area was previously inhabited. It has an extensive archaeological and architectural heritage, highlighted by the dolmens of Menga, Viera and El Romeral, and numerous churches, convents and palaces of different periods and styles.
The nearby natural reserve of El Torcal, famous for its unstable limestone rocks, forms one of the most important karst landscapes in Europe.
Valdepeñas de Jaén
Valdepeñas de Jaén is a city located in the province of Jaén, Spain. According to the 2005 census (INE), the city has a population of 4315 inhabitants.