2013 Vuelta a España

2013 Vuelta a España
2013 UCI World Tour, race 22 of 28
Race details
Dates 24 August – 15 September
Stages 21
Distance 3,358.9 km (2,087 mi)
Winning time 84h 36' 04"
Winner  Chris Horner (USA) (RadioShack–Leopard)
Second  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) (Astana)
Third  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (Movistar Team)

Points  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (Movistar Team)
Mountains  Nicolas Edet (FRA) (Cofidis)
Combination  Chris Horner (USA) (RadioShack–Leopard)
Team Euskaltel–Euskadi

The 2013 Vuelta a España was the 68th edition of the race.

This Vuelta started in Galicia on August 24, 2013. The race spent 5 days in Galicia, then continued anticlockwise touring Spain through Castile and León, Extremadura, Andalusia, Aragon, Catalonia, La Rioja, Cantabria, and Asturias, before returning to Madrid for the finish on September 15.[1][2] The Vuelta included excursions into two neighboring countries, Andorra and France. The top three stage winners received the following bonuses in the general classification: 10 seconds for winners of the stages, six seconds for runners-up, and four seconds for those in third place.[3]

Chris Horner won the 2013 Vuelta at the age of 41 on the 15 September 2013 becoming the oldest ever Grand Tour winner.[4][5][6] Horner beat his nearest challenger, Italian Vincenzo Nibali by finishing ahead of him in each of the final three mountainous stages before the final stage into Madrid.[7][8][9]


The 21st and final stage of the Vuelta a España 2013 on Paseo del Prado in Madrid.

The 19 UCI World Tour teams were automatically entitled to start the race; three wildcard teams were also invited.[10]

†: Invited Pro-continental teams


Stage Date Course Distance Type[11] Winner
1 24 August Vilanova de Arousa Sanxenxo 27.4 km (17.0 mi) Team time trial Astana
2 25 August Pontevedra Monte da Groba 177.7 km (110.4 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Nicolas Roche (IRL)
3 26 August Vigo Mirador de Lobeira 184.8 km (114.8 mi) Flat stage  Chris Horner (USA)
4 27 August Lalín Finisterra 189 km (117 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Daniel Moreno (ESP)
5 28 August Sober Lago de Sanabria 174.3 km (108.3 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Michael Matthews (AUS)
6 29 August Guijuelo Caceres 175 km (109 mi) Flat stage  Michael Mørkøv (DEN)
7 30 August Almendralejo Mairena del Aljarafe 205.9 km (127.9 mi) Flat stage  Zdeněk Štybar (CZE)
8 31 August Jerez de la Frontera Alto de Peñas Blancas 166.6 km (103.5 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Leopold König (CZE)
9 1 September Antequera Valdepeñas de Jaén 163.7 km (101.7 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Daniel Moreno (ESP)
10 2 September Torredelcampo Alto de Haza Llana 186.8 km (116.1 mi) Mountain stage  Chris Horner (USA)
3 September Rest day
11 4 September Tarazona 38.8 km (24.1 mi) Individual time trial  Fabian Cancellara (SUI)
12 5 September Maella Tarragona 164.2 km (102.0 mi) Flat stage  Philippe Gilbert (BEL)
13 6 September Valls Castelldefels 169 km (105 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Warren Barguil (FRA)
14 7 September Bagà Coll de la Gallina (Andorra) 155.7 km (96.7 mi) Mountain stage  Daniele Ratto (ITA)
15 8 September Andorra (Andorra)  Peyragudes (France) 224.9 km (139.7 mi) Mountain stage  Alexandre Geniez (FRA)
16 9 September Graus Formigal 146.8 km (91.2 mi) Mountain stage  Warren Barguil (FRA)
10 September Rest day
17 11 September Calahorra Burgos 189 km (117 mi) Flat stage  Bauke Mollema (NED)
18 12 September Burgos – Peña Cabarga 186.5 km (115.9 mi) Mountain stage  Vasil Kiryienka (BLR)
19 13 September San Vicente de la Barquera Alto del Naranco 181 km (112 mi) Medium-mountain stage  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)
20 14 September Avilés Alto de L'Angliru 142.2 km (88.4 mi) Mountain stage  Kenny Elissonde (FRA)
21 15 September Leganés Madrid 109.6 km (68.1 mi) Flat stage  Michael Matthews (AUS)

Race overview

For details see 2013 Vuelta a España, Stage 1 to Stage 11 and 2013 Vuelta a España, Stage 12 to Stage 21

Classification leadership table

There were four main classifications contested in the 2013 Vuelta a España, with the most important being the general classification. The general classification was calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage. The cyclist with the least accumulated time was the race leader, identified by the red jersey; the winner of this classification was considered the winner of the Vuelta. In 2013, there were time bonuses given on mass-start stages; ten seconds were awarded to the stage winner, with six for second and four for third.

Additionally, there was a points classification, which awards a green jersey. In the points classification, cyclists get points for finishing among the best in a stage finish, or in intermediate sprints. The cyclist with the most points led the classification, and is identified with a green jersey. There was also a mountains classification. The organisation categorised some climbs as either hors catégorie, first, second, third, or fourth-category; points for this classification were won by the first cyclists that reach the top of these climbs, with more points available for the higher-categorised climbs. The cyclist with the most points led the classification, and was identified with a blue polka dot jersey.

The fourth individual classification was the combination classification, marked by the white jersey. This classification is calculated by adding the numeral ranks of each cyclist in the general, points and mountains classifications – a rider must have a score in all classifications possible to qualify for the combination classification – with the lowest cumulative total signifying the winner of this competition.

For the team classification, the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added; the leading team is the team with the lowest total time. For the combativity award, a jury gives points after each stage to the cyclists they considered most combative. The cyclist with the most votes in all stages leads the classification. For the daily combative winner, the rider in question donned a dossard with a red background, on the following stage.

Stage Winner General classification
Points classification
Mountains classification
Combination classification
Team classification Combativity award
1 Astana Janez Brajkovič not awarded not awarded not awarded Astana Janez Brajkovič
2 Nicolas Roche Vincenzo Nibali Nicolas Roche Nicolas Roche Nicolas Roche RadioShack–Leopard Alex Rasmussen
3 Chris Horner Chris Horner Pablo Urtasun
4 Daniel Moreno Vincenzo Nibali Daniel Moreno Nicolas Edet
5 Michael Matthews Antonio Piedra
6 Michael Mørkøv Michael Matthews Tony Martin
7 Zdeněk Štybar Javier Aramendia
8 Leopold König Nicolas Roche Daniel Moreno Saxo–Tinkoff Antonio Piedra
9 Daniel Moreno Daniel Moreno Daniel Moreno Movistar Team Javier Aramendia
10 Chris Horner Chris Horner Chris Horner Chris Horner Saxo–Tinkoff Juan Antonio Flecha
11 Fabian Cancellara Vincenzo Nibali Nicolas Roche Astana Fabian Cancellara
12 Philippe Gilbert Fabricio Ferrari
13 Warren Barguil Michele Scarponi
14 Daniele Ratto Alejandro Valverde Daniele Ratto Chris Horner Daniele Ratto
15 Alexandre Geniez Nicolas Edet Alexandre Geniez
16 Warren Barguil Euskaltel–Euskadi Juan Antonio Flecha
17 Bauke Mollema Javier Aramendia
18 Vasil Kiryienka Egoi Martínez
19 Joaquim Rodríguez Chris Horner Edvald Boasson Hagen
20 Kenny Elissonde David Arroyo
21 Michael Matthews not awarded
Final Chris Horner Alejandro Valverde Nicolas Edet Chris Horner Euskaltel–Euskadi Javier Aramendia

Classification standings

  Red jersey   Denotes the leader of the General classification   Blue polka dot jersey   Denotes the leader of the Mountains classification
  Green jersey   Denotes the leader of the Points classification   White jersey   Denotes the leader of the Combination rider classification

General classification

Rider Team Time
1  Chris Horner (USA) RadioShack–Leopard 84h 36' 04"
2  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Astana + 37"
3  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team + 1' 36"
4  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha + 3' 22"
5  Nicolas Roche (IRL) Saxo–Tinkoff + 7' 11"
6  Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) Ag2r–La Mondiale + 8' 00"
7  Thibaut Pinot (FRA) FDJ.fr + 8' 41"
8  Samuel Sánchez (ESP) Euskaltel–Euskadi + 9' 51"
9  Leopold König (CZE) NetApp–Endura + 10' 11"
10  Daniel Moreno (ESP) Team Katusha + 13' 11"

Points classification

Rider Team Points
1  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team 152
2  Chris Horner (USA) RadioShack–Leopard 126
3  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha 125
4  Nicolas Roche (IRL) Saxo–Tinkoff 122
5  Daniel Moreno (ESP) Team Katusha 119
6  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Astana 111
7  Maximiliano Richeze (ARG) Lampre–Merida 84
8  Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) Team Sky 83
9  Michael Matthews (AUS) Orica–GreenEDGE 78
10  Bauke Mollema (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling 75

King of the Mountains classification

Rider Team Points
1  Nicolas Edet (FRA) Cofidis 46
2  Chris Horner (USA) RadioShack–Leopard 32
3  Daniele Ratto (ITA) Cannondale 30
4  André Cardoso (POR) Caja Rural–Seguros RGA 26
5  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Astana 23
6  Amets Txurruka (ESP) Caja Rural–Seguros RGA 22
7  Kenny Elissonde (FRA) FDJ.fr 21
8  Nicolas Roche (IRL) Saxo–Tinkoff 19
9  Vasil Kiryienka (BLR) Team Sky 18
10  Michele Scarponi (ITA) Lampre–Merida 17

Combination classification

Rider Team Points
1  Chris Horner (USA) RadioShack–Leopard 5
2  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Astana 13
3  Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team 17
4  Nicolas Roche (IRL) Saxo–Tinkoff 17
5  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha 27
6  Daniel Moreno (ESP) Team Katusha 32
7  Michele Scarponi (ITA) Lampre–Merida 41
8  Leopold König (CZE) NetApp–Endura 42
9  Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) Ag2r–La Mondiale 43
10  André Cardoso (POR) Caja Rural–Seguros RGA 54

Team classification

Pos. Team Time
1 Euskaltel–Euskadi 253h 29' 35"
2 Movistar Team + 1' 02"
3 Astana + 1' 30"
4 Saxo–Tinkoff + 9' 56"
5 Caja Rural–Seguros RGA + 33' 48"
6 Team Katusha + 45' 21"
7 RadioShack–Leopard + 46' 54"
8 NetApp–Endura + 52' 29"
9 FDJ.fr + 1h 01' 21"
10 BMC Racing Team + 1h 56' 46"


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