La Vuelta 2012
I always hate the ASO site, in which you have to click multiple times to get one profile for one stage. User-unfriendly in my opinion. That's why I bundled the stages in this post, together with a few comments by me. Notice that I distinguished between hill finishes, mountain finishes and mountain stages, something that should give an indication where the excitement should be (no guarantees, obviously) and which days you should be ill.
Stage 1: Pamplona - Pamplona Team time trial
Saturday August 18
Team time trial, what more to say?
Stage 2: Pamplona - Viana Flat stage
Sunday August 19
First normal stage is flat, for the sprinters.
Stage 3: Faustino V - Eibar (Arrate) Hill top finish
Monday August 20
This stage finishes on the steep climb, well-known from the Tour of the Basque Country, where it features as the finish of stage 3 since the demise of the Euskal Bizikleta. We will see the same strange downhill of 2km with finish in the middle of nowhere as in the 6-day race, which always suited Samuel Sanchez, who won here on three occasions.
As the route towards the final climb is flat, the stage is early in the race and the climb is relatively short, this will most likely be a disappointment.