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The route for the 2013 La Vuelta was unveiled in Vigo on Saturday the 12th of January and it will feature a mountainous course which will favour the climbers.
The 68th edition will go back to traversing the entire country. Following its start in the north-west, riders will have to fend off the extreme August heat of southern Andalucia before returning to the north for a series of gruelling mountain challenges.
The course becomes more difficult for sprinters as the days go by with the race's single individual time trial coming on the 11th stage. Three days later riders leave Spain through the Andorran Pyrenees, before entering France for a critical 15th stage which ends in the Peyragudes summit.
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 2012 edition of the Vuelta was won by Alberto Contador of Team Saxo Bank.
The 68th edition of the Vuelta a España will take place between the 24th of August and the 15th of September 2013.