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Vuelta Stage 9 Preview: Alcoy - Xorret De Catí

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Stage 9 :: Monday September 7, 2009
188.8km :: Alcoy - Xorret De Catí

Unfortunately, I have to be brief... Gavia and Frinking have the conn...

 

Spare me the madness Gavia...

The Vuelta lingers another day in the bumpy terrain between the cities of Valencia and Alicante. The stage begins in Alcoy, which sits in the shadow of the Sierra de Mariola, and rolls over seven categorized climbs on the way to the finish at Xorret de Catí. Another up and down stage, the serrated profile offers little space for recovery. The climbing is relatively less severe than the previous stage, but this is another day for the climbers.

Surrounded by mountainous terrain, Alcoy sits on the banks of the Serpis river. Settlement in the area dates from the Paleolithic era, some 60,000 years ago. Cave paintings from the earliest human settlements still remain, and archeological excavations have uncovered stone tools and other artifacts. Alcoy is famous for its annual festival Moros i Christians, which takes place in April. The medieval festival celebrates San Gorge and involves parades and music.

Xorret del Catí has three times hosted Vuelta stage finishes in recent years and has a singular tradition. Only riders with the family name of Jiménez have won there. In 2004, Eladio Jiménez celebrated the stage victory in the Xorret del Catì. Sprinters Stuart O’Grady and Oscar Freire rounded out the top three on that occasion. When the 2000 Vuelta a España paid a visit to Xorret del Catí, Eladio Jiménez also won that edition, followed by Roberto Heras and Alex Zülle. In the 1998 Vuelta a España, José María Jiménez won the stage at Xorret del Catí.

Courtesy of Gavia's Stage 9 Preview at Steephill.tv

Bring the noise, Frinking...

As hilly as a hedgehog. Nat as steep as yesterday but hey.. If they had to that the course would have already been more spectacular as in the Tour, I'm looking at you Prutshomme, That's an Dutch joke.. 4x2categorie and 2x3categorie and finish 3km after a first categorie clim.. It's that I play hockey again else I was being tired of only thinking about it. Well if everybody is togheter on the top of the climb we know who's going to win in the finishline downhill...

Sorry for the brevity... I have things I have to attend to... this stage map leaves me speechless anyway...