Today, in Vigo, the 68th edition of "Vuelta a Espana" was officially disclosed: Katusha Team was represented at the event by Joaquim Rodriguez, protagonist of the 2012 edition with three stage wins and thirteen days in red jersey. As traditional, the profile of the whole competition will be very demanding and suitable to climbers. "Vuelta a Espana 2013" will start in August 24th with a team time trial from Vilanova de Arousa to Sanxenxo: there will be just one more race against the clock, the 11th stage, an individual time trial around Tarazona. On the other hand, there will be eleven summit finishes, starting from the second stage, that will end in Alto de Groba, followed by more important and demanding climbings such as Coll de la Gallina, Peyragudes, Pena Cabarga and, most of all, the terrible Angliru, which is going to characterize the last but one stage and should be crucial for general classification.
"I like a lot the profile of the competition - said "Purito" Rodriguez - because it will be hard, very hard: this will force everybody to be in a great shape from the beginning to the end. The first stages are quite similar to the 2012 ones, with a flat profile in the first part and tough summit finish. The second week will display some calm stages, while the third week will be the most difficult. The battle for general classification will start from the very beginning, so I expect this Vuelta to be very spectacular".