Stage-by-Stage Recap: 2012 Vuelta a España

The pack of riders cycles during the second stage of the Tour of Spain “La Vuelta” cycling race between Pamplona and Viana August 19, 2012. (REUTERS/Felix Ordonez)

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STAGE 21: Spain’s Alberto Contador reinforced his status as the world’s leading stage-race specialist when he captured the Vuelta a Espana, his fifth Grand Tour title.

Recap: Contador reinforces position as stage race king
FULL EVENT REPLY: Cercedilla-Madrid
Highlight: John Degenkolb’s 5th win
Highlight: Alberto Contador Wins
Highlight: John Degenkolb interview

STAGE 20: Spain’s Alberto Contador is poised to claim the fifth Grand Tour victory of his career after the Saxo Bank-Tinkoff rider successfully defended his overall lead in the Tour of Spain.

Recap: Contador poised to win fifth Grand Tour of his career
FULL EVENT REPLY: La Faisanera Golf Segovia 21-Bola del Mundo
Highlight: Menchov wins final summit finish
Highlight: Stage 20: Review

STAGE 19: Belgium’s world championship favorite Philippe Gilbert claimed a second stage win in the Tour of Spain while Alberto Contador stayed on course for a second outright victory in the race.

Recap: Gilbert back on track with Tour of Spain stage win
FULL EVENT REPLY: Penafiel-La Lastrilla
Highlight: Headbutt fight
Highlight: Gilbert gets stage win
Highlight: Stage 19: Review
Highlight: Gilbert interview

STAGE 18: Italy’s Daniele Bennati of the RadioShack-Nissan squad ended a run of four straight bunch sprint wins by Germany’s John Degenkolb in the Vuelta a Espana with a narrow victory over Britain’s Ben Swift.

Recap: Bennati ends Degenkolb’s run of Vuelta bunch sprint wins
FULL EVENT REPLY: Aguilar de Campoo-Valladolid
Highlight: After a Crash, Bennati wins
Highlight: Stage 18: Review

STAGE 17: A surprise attack netted Alberto Contador a stage win and the overall lead in the Vuelta a Espana.

Recap: Contador returns to winning ways in Vuelta
FULL EVENT REPLY: Santander-Fuente De
Highlight: Contador takes GC lead
Highlight: Stage 17: Review

STAGE 16: Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez edged closer to the Tour of Spain title after finishing third in the race’s toughest mountain stage behind winner Italy’s Dario Cataldo.

Recap: Rodriguez takes big step towards final victory in Vuelta
FULL EVENT REPLY: Gijon-Valgrande-Pajares Cuitu Negru
Highlight: Cataldo wins mountain finish
Highlight: Rodriguez gets 3rd
Highlight: Stage 16: Review

STAGE 15: Five blistering attacks by Spain’s Alberto Contador on the emblematic Lagos de Covadonga climb failed to dislodge the Tour of Spain leader and compatriot Joaquim Rodriguez from the race’s top spot.

Recap: Contador fails to dent Rodriguez’s lead
FULL EVENT REPLY: La Robla-Lagos de Covadonga
Highlight: Stage 15: Review
Highlight: Piedra wins

STAGE 14: Joaquim Rodriguez showed his aptitude on the high mountains as he outpaced pre-race favorite and fellow Spaniard Alberto Contador at the end of an arduous stage through the sierras of north-west Spain.

Recap: Rodriguez strengthens lead with third stage win
FULL EVENT REPLY: Palas de Rei-Puerto de Ancares
Highlight: Stage 14: Review
Highlight: Rodriguez vs Contador

STAGE 13: Britain’s Steven Cummings, who has had a season full of thrills and spills, sprinted to the biggest win of his career on stage 13 of the Vuelta a Espana.

Recap: Briton Cummings claims biggest stage win of career
FULL EVENT REPLY: Santiago de Compostela-Ferrol
Highlight: Stephen Cummings interview
Highlight: Stephen Cummings gets the win

STAGE 12: A day after his lead had shrunk to a single second, Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez once again increased his overall advantage with a lone stage win on the Tour of Spain’s fifth summit finish.

Recap: Rodriguez increases lead on Vuelta’s fifth summit finish
FULL EVENT REPLY: Vilagracia de Arousa-Dumbria Mirador de Ezaro
Highlight: Rodriguez beats Contador

STAGE 11: Race leader Joaquim Rodriguez had compatriot Alberto Contador breathing down his neck after the time trial in the Tour of Spain congested the leaders, but failed to deliver the favorites to the front.

Recap: Gap closes but Rodriguez holds Vuelta lead
FULL EVENT REPLY: Canbados-Pontevedra
Highlight: Contador moves into 2nd
Highlight: Kessiakoff gets win
Highlight: Stage 11: Review

STAGE 10: Germany’s John Degenkolb claimed his fourth victory out of four bunch sprints in the Tour of Spain on the rolling stage through the remote north-west province of Galicia.

Recap: Degenkolb makes it four out of four in Vuelta bunch sprints
FULL EVENT REPLY: Ponteareas-Sanxenxo
Highlight: Degenkolb wins again
Highlight: Interview with John Degenkolb
Highlight: Stage 10: Review

STAGE 9: Joaquim Rodriguez extended his overall lead in the Tour of Spain after finishing second behind Belgium’s Philippe Gilbert in the ninth stage.

Recap: Rodriguez Vuelta lead extends in Barcelona
FULL EVENT REPLY: Andorra-Barcelona
Highlight: Interview with Philippe Gilbert
Highlight: Gilbert gets 1st win of the season
Highlight: Stage 9: Review

STAGE 8: Vuelta a Espana leader Joaquin Rodriguez stretched his lead over rival Chris Froome in the overall standings after finishing second to Alejandro Valverde on stage eight.

Recap: Rodriguez stretches Vuelta lead, Valverde wins stage
FULL EVENT REPLY: Lieida-Andorra Collada de la Gallina
Highlight: GC battle win
Highlight: Stage 8: Review

STAGE 7: Germany’s John Degenkolb underlined his status as the Vuelta a Espana’s strongest sprinter with a third victory in six days.

Recap: German speedster Degenkolb grabs third Vuelta win
FULL EVENT REPLY: Huesca-Alcaniz Motorland Aragon
Highlight: Motorway finish
Highlight: Stage 7: Review
Highlight: John Degenkolb interview
Highlight: Crash in Peloton

STAGE 6: Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez strengthened his hold on overall race lead in the Vuelta a Espana with a last-minute surge for the line at Fuerte de Rapitan’s uphill finish to win the sixth stage.

Recap: Race leader Rodriguez wins Vuelta sixth stage
Highlight: Win for Joaquin Rodriguez
Highlight: Stage 6: Review

STAGE 5: Up-and-coming German sprinter John Degenkolb claimed his second stage of the Vuelta a Espana when he outpowered Italian Daniele Bennati and Belgium’s Gianni Meersman in a mass charge for the line.

Recap: Degenkolb claims second bunch sprint stage
FULL EVENT REPLY: Logrono-Logrono
Highlight: Second stage win for John Degenkolb
Highlight: Stage 5: Review

STAGE 4: Australian Simon Clarke won stage four of the Tour of Spain while home rider Joaquim Rodriguez took over as race leader.

Recap: Clarke wins Vuelta stage, Rodríguez is new leader
FULL EVENT REPLY: Barakaldo-Estacion de Valdezcaray
Highlight: Simon Clarke Wins
Highlight: Stage 4: Review
Highlight: Huge crash

STAGE 3: Alejandro Valverde won stage three of the Tour of Spain and moved into the overall lead.

Recap: Valverde wins mountain top stage to take overall lead
FULL EVENT REPLY: Faustino-Eibar
Highlight: Valverde gets a photo finish win
Highlight: Stage 3: Review

STAGE 2: Talented young German sprinter John Degenkolb took the first Grand Tour stage of his career with a late all-out charge in the Vuelta a Espana.

Recap: Degenkolb wins stage two of Vuelta
FULL EVENT REPLY: Pamplona-Viana
Highlight: Sprint win for John Degenkolb
Highlight: Stage 2: Review and Preview

STAGE 1: Local favorites Movistar got a rousing reception after they battled through searing heat to earn a narrow victory in the Tour of Spain’s opening team time trial.

Recap: Movistar win opening Vuelta time trial, Castroviejo leads
FULL EVENT REPLY: Pamplona-Pamplona
Highlight: Movistar wins Team Time Trial
Highlight: Team Sky 5th in Team Time Trial
Highlight: Saxo Bank 7th in Team Time Trial
Highlight: Katusha 8th in Team Time Trial

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