The race of the Cathedrals: La Vuelta a España presents route for 2021
Feb 11 2021 11:02 pm CET

The race of the Cathedrals: La Vuelta a España presents route for 2021
The race of the Cathedrals: La Vuelta a España presents route for 2021
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The organisation of the Vuelta a España has presented the route for the 2021 edition of the race, which will take place from the 14th of August to the fifth of September.

It was already known that the 76th edition of the Spanish grand tour will have its start in front of the Burgos Cathedral, celebrating like this the eighth centenary of its construction. And the city hosted the presentation of the route, which will take the peloton through 3336.1 kilometres and will start with three stages in the province of Burgos, as the second stage will finish in the district of La Gamonal and the next in Picón Blanco, the first unprecedented high-altitude finale of La Vuelta 21.

Then the race will move to the East of the country with stops in the provinces of Soria, Guadalajara, Cuenca, Albacete, Valencia and Alicante; the latter with a new climb: the Balcón of Alicante. From then, the peloton will continue to the south where it will be a finish in the Region of Murcia, and the first week will finish at the Alto de Belefique, in Almería.

The second week of racing will start at Roquetas de Mar and the race will go to the provinces of Malaga, Jaén and Córdoba, in Andalusia, before going to Extremadura for the first time since 2013. The provinces of Badajoz and Cáceres will host two departures and two finishes, then the riders will face the Pico Villuercas and before the second rest day, they will arrive in the province of Avila in the town of El Barranco.

The last week will start in Cantabria and then the peloton will face the Lagos de Covadonga Climb, before going to a stage that will feature a brand-new mountain pass of the Altu d'El Gamoniteiru. Then Galicia will have a finish line in Monforte de Lemos and a stage in Pontevedra that will be for the classic specialists.

A Coruña will host the final stage of the Vuelta with a time trial in Santiago de Compostela with a departure in Padrón. "The world is going through a very tough time right now, and this is being particularly felt in our country," said Javier Guillén, director of La Vuelta. "For this reason, we wished to design a different kind of race. It is an ambitious Vuelta, that will cover many kilometres, but will stay only within Spain.

"We want to showcase our country: its beauty and its potential as a tourism world leader. We will be present in many territories, with a huge variety of terrains and unprecedented locations, while also visiting some of the country’s largest tourist centres. This is our way of entertaining people and of promoting tourism as we await a gradual return to normality."

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