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The Official Route of La Vuelta 2018 Announced

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January 13, 2018 (Estepona, Spain) – This Saturday, January 13th, Unipublic revealed the official route of La Vuelta 2018, that 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.

Vuelta 2018 Map  ©
The inaugural prologue will consist of an 8-kilometre individual time-trial that will draw the first outline of a Vuelta with a very distinct Andalusian flavour during its first week. After Malaga, the peloton will travel to Granada, Almería and Jaén, briefly passing through Murcia before finally heading North. Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria – that will host a second individual time-trial spanning over 33 kilometres – the Basque Country, Aragon and Catalonia, will be the subsequent stops before facing the edition’s final challenges, with an extremely tough finale in two of the most demanding peaks located in the Principality of Andorra (the Coll de La Rabassa and La Gallina). The route will conclude in the city of Madrid, with a departure from Alcorcón and a finish-line at the Plaza de Cibeles, after passing through the Paseo del Prado, whose museum celebrates its second centenary this year.

40 Years of Unipublic
Unipublic celebrates 40 years as organiser of La Vuelta. “We are discovering new high-altitude finales and we want the mountain to again be a determining factor for La Vuelta. These are the distinguishing marks that have allowed us to breathe new life into the race and which we will continue to defend”, explained La Vuelta’s General Director, Javier Guillén. The Principality of Asturias and the Basque Country will host two of this year’s unprecedented finish-lines. Those two stages will be synonymous with epic spectacle and will really test the peloton’s leaders. “After 2018, Les Praeres, in Nava, and the Balcón de Bizkaia, will become truly unforgettable for viewers”, added Guillén.

These novelties will combine with some of the “classics”. The Asturias-León triptych consisting of La Camperona, Les Praeres de Nava and Lagos de Covadonga, will test the strength of those hoping to win “La Roja” with three consecutive high-altitude finales – A trio with two well-known finales and one newcomer that will mark a turning point in La Vuelta 2018: a combination of tradition and modernity, in every aspect.

2018 Vuelta a España Official Route

Stage 1 – Aug. 25 – Malaga (ITT) – 8km
Stage 2 – Aug. 26 – Marbella to Caminito del Rey – 163.9 km
Stage 3 – Aug. 27 – Mijas to Alhaurin de la Torre – 182.5 km
Stage 4 – Aug. 28 – Vélez-Malaga to Alfacar – 162km
Stage 5 – Aug. 29 – Granada to Roquetas del Mar – 188 km
Stage 6 – Aug. 30 – Huercal-Overa to Saint Javier – 153km
Stage 7 – Aug. 31 – Puerto Lumbreras to Pozo Alcon – 182km
Stage 8 – Sept. 1 – Linares to Almaden – 195.5km
Stage 9 – Sept. 2 – Talavera de la Reina to La Covatilla – 195km

Rest Day – Sept. 3

Stage 10 – Sept. 4 – Salamanca to Fermoselle – 172.5km
Stage 11 – Sept. 5 – Monbuey to Luintra – 208.8km
Stage 12 – Sept. 6 – Mondoñedo to Estaca de Bares – 177.5km
Stage 13 – Sept. 7 – Candas to La Camperona – 175.5km
Stage 14 – Sept. 8 – Cistierna to Les Praeres – 167km
Stage 15 – Sept. 9 – Ribera de Arriba to Lagos de Covadonga – 185.5km

Rest Day – Sept. 10

Stage 16 – Sept. 11 – Santillana del Mar to Torrelavega (individual time trial) – 32.7km
Stage 17 – Sept. 12 – Getxo to Monte Oiz/Balcon de Bizkaia – 166.4km
Stage 18 – Sept. 13 – Ejea de los Caballeros to Lleida – 180.5km
Stage 19 – Sept. 14 – Lleida to Naturlandia (Andorra) – 157km
Stage 20 – Sept. 15 – Escaldes-Engordany to Coll de la Gallina (Andorra) – 105.8km
Stage 21 – Sept. 16 – Alcorcón to Madrid – 112.3 km

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