Vuelta a Espana

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  1. melvyng

    melvyng New Member

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    I'm wondering why the Tour de France gets most of the press. The Vuelta a Espana (Tour of Spain) is almost identical, 21 stages, 1818 miles, several mountain stages, one team time trial and two individual time trials. Does anyone know ?


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  2. jcueto

    jcueto New Member

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    Maybe one of the reasons is that came late in the season.

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  3. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

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    The TDF was the first of the Big Three Tours (Giro, Vuelta and
    TDF) to coomence in the early 20th century.
    And in many ways it was the first of the Big Three Tours to attract
    international competition.
    Unlike the TDF, the Giro and the Vuelta attracted mostly Italian
    (Giro) and Spanish (Vuelta) riders for many, many years.
    Little or no non-Italian or non-Spanish riders participated
    in either respective tour for many, many years.
    And I think that in cycling terms, the TDF was seen as being more
    presentative of cycling in terms of who was the best stage racer
    in a given cycling era.

    Also, the TDF is intrinsically linked with the French national holidays and it is seen (and is promoted) as a great cultural event in France and within Europe.
    The Giro and Vuelta are not as closely identified with their respective national identities when compared to the TDF.

    (I agree with you though, the Giro and Vuelta are as good, in my opinion)
     
  4. melvyng

    melvyng New Member

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    Hmm, thanks for the post, very interesting, I was just wondering.

    Mel
     
  5. ErikdeVlaeminck

    ErikdeVlaeminck New Member

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    IMHO, the Vuelta a españa is too late in the season.
    The ppl training for the world championships won't race there, and the ppl coming from the tour hardly will participate.
    jus my :2c:
     
  6. leif_ericson

    leif_ericson New Member

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    The Vuelta doesn't have the level of competition of the Tour.
     
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