Alberto Núñez Feijóo, the President of the Xunta de Galicia, and Javier Guillén, the General Director of La Vuelta, met before the start of this annual race with the Mayors of the various Galician towns through which the 2016 Vuelta passes.
The representatives of each Council received a commemorative t-shirt of the event featuring a map of the route of the seven Galician stages in this year's Vuelta. It was also announced that one thousand copies of this t-shirt will be available for sale during the first week of the upcoming Vuelta. All proceeds will be donated to the Stop Accidents in Galicia Association. The event took place in the City of Culture, Santiago de Compostela.
This year's Vuelta features 21 stages, starting in Ourense, North West Spain (not far from the Portuguese border) on August 20th with a practically flat 29km Team Time Trial and with the exception of 6 stages, is predominantly focused in the North and North West of Spain, finishing on 11th September in Madrid.
Stage 20 is the nearest the race will come to us in Murcia and is on the penultimate day of the competition in Benidorm. This stage sees the remaining riders face a gruelling 184km route featuring a special category climb, 3 x 2nd category climbs and a 3rd category climb, ending with a climb of 22kms, a slope of 1280 metres and an average gradient of 5.72%.
Covering 3,277km in 23 days and comprising 22 teams and a total of 198 riders, with only 2 rest days, this is sure to be another spectacular event, so if you're bored with sitting around the pool or on the beach, tune in to any of the major Spanish TV channels and catch a little bit of the action. ITV 4 and Eurosport also normally cover the highlights.
Even better, experience the excitement with a day in Benidorm – you won't be disappointed – roads are closed off, hundreds of police on motorbikes with their sirens and team cars passing through and crowds of people cheering the riders on.
If you would like more detailed information on the routes, you can visit the website www.lavuelta.com or call Martin Rutherford on 696 809 527