Organizers for the Vuelta a Espana unveiled the details of this year’s route today, which will take place between the 25th of August and the 16th of September. The Spanish tour will depart from the Pompidou Centre in Malaga, in another clear example of the organisation’s aim to combine sports, culture and innovative departures.
The race will start with an 8 kilometer individual time trial in the southern port city of Malaga and will spend eight days in the south of Spain before making its way through the mountainous terrain close to the Atlantic coast and heading into the Pyrenees for a decisive final stretch.
The race will conclude in the capital city of Madrid.
“We want the mountains to be key in deciding the Vuelta,” said race director Javier Guillen.
The Vuelta will also return to Lagos de Covadonga in the Picos de Europa, where Colombian Nairo Quintana took the leader’s red jersey in 2016 before holding it all the way to the end.
After the first stage, the only other time trial will be on the 16th stage, a 32.7 kilometer route from Santillana del Mar to Torrelavega.
The overall winner may not be decided until the penultimate stage in Andorra however, before riders head to Madrid for the traditional finish.
The final stage is only 105.8 kilometers, but finishes atop the Col de la Gallina.
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