The 2015 Vuelta Espana track has been announced to include flat time-trial as per the Vuelta director’s earlier promise to 2012 Tour France champion Chris Froome.
“After his defeat this year, Chris said, ‘Thanks Javier, but tell me could the Vuelta time trials be flatter?’,” stated Javier Guillén, the Vuelta Director to the Spanish media.
“And I answered then, ‘In 2015, Vuelta time trial would be organized in some flat region.’ Thus, started our conversation.”
Team Sky’s Brit lead Froome came second to Alberto Contador in the race as the latter swept away the crowning glory of being the 2014 Vuelta Champion, last September. Froome lost out on time in mountains but Javier stressed that the 2012 Tour France hero was maximum frustrated by 36.7 km time-trial towards Borja. The very time-trial involved a three category ascent to 1000 m & saw Chris concede fifty-three seconds to Alberto.
Vuelta also started with 12.6 km team time-trial & a brief 9.7 km individual option on last day.
The very conversation between Guillén and Froome kept going through phone messages& include the topic of Tour France 2015. In October this year, ASO, the Tour organizer, presented a riding route which involves just a 14 km time trial for day 1 & team time-trial for day 9. Giro 2015 will involve 59.2 km time trial in 3rd week, which is going to be the longest ever in 6 years.
“I reminded Froome then”, added on the race director of Vuelta. “that the Vuelta time trial will follow its usual pattern which has been patent in the previous editions, about forty kilometers & on false flats or level ground.
The 2015 Vuelta route presentation pushed Chris to declare that he would possibly race at Giro rather than trying his pulse at Tour France championship next year.