Race organizers announced today, for the first-time ever, the Vuelta a España will start on French soil.
According to the Vuelta’s director, Javier Guillén, the Spanish Grand Tour will start in Nîmes in 2017.
"No doubt, the 2017 Vuelta will start from Nîmes," Guillén said. "It is to increase our internalization and we are thrilled. We find here art, Roman culture, flamenco, bullfighting and all those similarities that unite us. It is a magnificent place and we are delighted."
The 2017 edition will kick off with a team time trial held in Nimes, as announced by the mayor of the city yesterday.
“It will be the first time for the Vuelta a Espana to start in France and the first stage is going to be a team time trial,” Mayor of Nimes Jean-Paul Fournier told the media.
It is yet to be announced, however, which cities will host the start of the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Vuelta.
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