It's Vuelta time again! (until 10th September in Madrid)
All you cycling fans will have been watching the action on TV for the past 10 days, with big interest for the Murcia Region. After the start of the first stage in Nimes (France) with a time trial and a further 2 days in Andorra,
the race travelled down the East coast, with stages from Orihuela-Cumbre del Sol, Caravaca-Alhama de Murcia and Lorca-Calar Alto.
At the time of this publication La Vuelta will have moved to the South Coast, covering the whole length of Andalusia and taking in the highest point on the European mainland, the Sierra Nevada. 4 difficult stages to be covered in the very North, before the finish in Madrid.
The most exciting aspect of this year's race is the riders who were on the start line on 19 August. Starting with British interest were Chris Froome (Sky Team), Adam Blythe (Aqua Blue Sport), Adam Yates and Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) and Ian Stanard (Sky). High contenders of other Nationalities are Romain Bardet (AG2R), Fabio Aru (Astana), Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo), Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) and Warren Barguil (Team Sunweb)
With so many possible winners, Chris Froome and the viewing public will have a very exciting race for 3 weeks.
If you have had enough of the intense heat on the coast and fancy a break inland to see a different part of Spain whilst enjoying the pomp and ceremony and La Vuelta atmosphere, now is the time!
Watch this space next month for the results and photographs of the coverage of the Alhama finish.