This is the 67th Vuelta a España, and the event will cover a gruelling distance of 3,360 kilometres. The event runs over the course of 21 stages, with the last stage running Sunday September 9th 2012.
The Vuelta is an exciting event for passionate Australian cyclists, and is the first year our Australian team OricaGreenEDGE will be competing in this globally recognised event.
Good luck to the team at Orica GreenEDGE which includes Simon Clarke, Allan Davis, Mitchell Docker, Cameron Meyer, Travis Meyer, Wesley Sulzberger, Leigh Howard, Stuart O'Grady, Julian Dean, Daniel Teklehaymanot, Pieter Weening, Christian Meier and Tomas Aitkus.
Australia also have 2 other talented riders in the mix - Matthew Lloyd (riding for Lampre) and Adam Hansen (Lotto Belisol).
1 Teams time-trial Saturday 18 August Pamplona - Pamplona 16,5 km
2 Plain Sunday 19 August Pamplona - Viana 181,4 km
3 Mountains Monday 20 August Faustino V - Eibar (Arrate) 155,3 km
4 Mountains Tuesday 21 August Barakaldo -- Estación de Valdezcaray 160,6 km
5 Plain Wednesday 22 August Logroño - Logroño 168,0 km
6 Plain Thursday 23 August Tarazona - Jaca 175,4 km
7 Plain Friday 24 August Huesca - Alcañiz. Motorland Aragón 164,2 km
8 Mountains Saturday 25 August Lleida - Andorra. Collada de la Gallina 174,7 km
9 Plain Sunday 26 August Andorra - Barcelona 196,3 km
Rest Day Monday 27 August
10 Plain Tuesday 28 August Ponteareas - Sanxenxo 190,0 km
11 Time-trial Wednesday 29 August Cambados - Pontevedra 39,4 km
12 Plain Thursday 30 August Vilagarcía de Arousa - Mirador de Ézaro 190,5 km
13 Plain Friday 31 August Santiago de Compostela - Ferrol 172,8 km
14 Mountains Saturday 1 September Palas de Rei - Puerto de Ancares 149,2 km
15 Mountains Sunday 2 September La Robla - Lagos de Covadonga 186,5 km
16 Mountains Monday 3 September Gijón - Valgrande-Pajares. Cuitu Negru 183,5 km
Rest Day Tuesday 4 September
17 Plain Wednesday - 5 September Santander - Fuente Dé 187,3 km
18 Plain Thursday 6 September Aguilar de Campoo - Valladolid 204,5 km
19 Plain Friday 7 September Peñafiel - La Lastrilla 178,4 km
20 Mountains Saturday 8 September La Faisanera Golf. - Bola del Mundo 170,7 km
21 Plain Sunday 9 September Cercedilla - Madrid 115,0 km
This year's course contains 11 flat stages, 8 mountain stages, 1 team time-trial stage, and 1 individual time-trial stage.