Vuelta 2012 route leaves time triallists out in the cold

Scenery, Vuelta a Espana 2011, stage 14

If the Tour de France looks set to favour the time triallists this summer, seven mountain top finishes and three steep uphill finishes in the 2012 Vuelta mean the Spanish race will be very much much a climbers' affair.

"It's one for Joaquin Rodriguez," was how last year's winner, Juan Jose Cobo, described the route, revealed on Wednesday in Pamplona, "there are lots of explosive stages and steep finishes. It'll be a very nervous, stressful race throughout, and I'll definitely be checking the stages a lot more thoroughly than I did in 2011."

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