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After an incredible 2013 edition with lots of uphill finishes, 41 year old Chris Horner came out best with Tour favorite and Giro winner Vicenzo Nibali coming in second before Movistar's local favorite Alejandro Valverde.
Early indications are that the 2014 Vuelta will start in Jerez in southern Spain but we won't know until a bit later.
The Vuelta a España or Tour of Spain is an annual multi stage race held in Spain. Along with the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia, the Vuelta makes up cycling's prestigious, three week-long Grand Tours.
While the route changes each year, the format of the race stays the same with the appearance of at least two time trials, the stages that take place in the Pyrenees and the finish in the Spanish capital Madrid. The recent editions of the Vuelta a España have consisted of 21 days of riding over a 23-day period that includes 2 rest days. The winner of the Vuelta wears the red jersey.
The 69th edition of the Vuelta a España will take place in August/ September 2014.
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