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2021 Vuelta a España

76th edition: August 14 - September 5 , 2021

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2021 Vuelta a España map: 21 stages covering a total of 3,336.1 kilometers


On Thursday the 11th of February, Unipublic revealed the route of La Vuelta 21 that will take place from the 14th of August to the 5th of September. The first eight kilometres, out of the total 3336.1 km that make up the race, will be an urban individual time trial within the city of Burgos. The route will revolve around its cathedral, the locality’s most emblematic monument, which celebrates the 8th centenary of its construction in 2021. The two following stages will be held within the Province of Burgos, with a finale in the district of La Gamonal and another at Picón Blanco, the first unprecedented high-altitude finale of La Vuelta 21.

The peloton will travel towards the peninsula’s East, with stops in the provinces of Soria, Guadalajara, Cuenca, Albacete, Valencia and Alicante – The latter leading to the discovery of a new climb: the Balcón de Alicante. Heading further South, La Vuelta will hold a finish-line in the Region of Murcia, marking the end of the first week of competing at the renowned Alto de Velefique, in Almería.

Following the first rest day, the race will resume at Roquetas de Mar and will slowly travel through the Andalusian territory. The provinces of Málaga, Jaén and Córdoba will watch the peloton ride past before returning to Extremadura for the first time since 2013. The provinces of Badajoz and Cáceres will host two departures and two finish-lines in 2021. Pico Villuercas is an extremely tough unprecedented La Vuelta climb that stands out for its spectacular nature. Just before the next rest day, Avila will mark the end of the second week with a finish-line at the historic town of El Barraco, the birthplace of some of the best Spanish cyclists in history.

The riders will recover their strength before the final stretch of the race that promises to thrill spectators. Cantabria will hold a stage entirely within the autonomous community, before giving way to the Lagos de Covadonga climb. The Principality of Asturias seeks to become the judge of La Vuelta 21, by linking the mythical climb with a stage that will face a brand-new mountain pass expected to go down in history: the Altu d’El Gamoniteiru. Galicia will resume the race with a finish-line in Monforte de Lemos and a stage held entirely within the Province of Pontevedra that will delight Classics specialists.

A Coruña, not Madrid, will be the province chosen to host the final stage of La Vuelta 21. Taking into account the Jacobean year, and the fact that the 2021 edition is “La Vuelta de las Catedrales”, the organisation has prepared a final time trial with a finale in Santiago de Compostela and a departure from Padrón. This will ring a bell with 90s cycling fans as a very similar stage took place in La Vuelta 1993, which was the deciding factor behind Tony Rominger’s victory.

A VUELTA ENTIRELY WITHIN SPAIN:
“The world is going through a very tough time right now, and this is being particularly felt in our country. 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”, expressed Javier Guillén, General Director of La Vuelta.

The stages:

1 Ind. time trial Saturday, Aug 14 Burgos. Catedral VIII Centenario 2021 > Catedral 8 km
2 Flat Sunday, Aug 15 Caleruega. VIII Centenario de Santo Domingo de Guzmán > Burgos. Gamonal 169.5 km
3 Flat Monday, Aug 16 Santo Domingo de Silos > Espinosa de los Monteros. Picón Blanco 203 km
4 Flat Tuesday, Aug 17 El Burgo de Osma > Molina de Aragón 163.6 km
5 Flat Wednesday, Aug 18 Tarancón > Albacete 184.4 km
6 Flat Thursday, Aug 19 Requena > Alto de la Montaña de Cullera 159 km
7 Mountain Friday, Aug 20 Gandía > Balcón de Alicante 152 km
8 Flat Saturday, Aug 21 Santa Pola > La Manga del Mar Menor 163.3 km
9 Mountain Sunday, Aug 22 Puerto-Lumbreras > Alto de Velefique 187.8 km
- Rest Day Monday, Aug 23 Descanso
10 Hilly Tuesday, Aug 24 Roquetas de Mar > Rincón de la Victoria 190.2 km
11 Hilly Wednesday, Aug 25 Antequera > Valdepeñas de Jaén 131.6 km
12 Hilly Thursday, Aug 26 Jaén > Córdoba 166.7 km
13 Flat Friday, Aug 27 Belmez > Villanueva de la Serena 197.2 km
14 Mountain Saturday, Aug 28 Don Benito > Pico Villuercas 159.7 km
15 Mountain Sunday, Aug 29 Navalmoral de la Mata > El Barraco 193.4 km
- Rest Day Monday, Aug 30 Descanso
16 Flat Tuesday, Aug 31 Laredo > Santa Cruz de Bezana 170.8 km
17 Mountain Wednesday, Sept 1 Unquera > Lagos de Covadonga 181.6 km
18 Mountain Thursday, Sept 2 Salas > Altu d’El Gamoniteiru 159.2 km
19 Hilly Friday, Sept 3 Tapia > Monforte de Lemos 187.8 km
20 Mountain Saturday, Sept 4 Sanxenxo > Mos. Castro de Herville 173.6 km
21 Ind. time trial Sunday, Sept 5 Padrón > Santiago de Compostela 33.7 km

A SCALED-DOWN PRESENTATION:
Although the route’s presentation is a major event that brought together 1200 attendees in 2020, this time around security has been put first, ahead of the usual festivities that would normally take place. With an assistance equivalent to 15% of the capacity of the Burgos Evolution Forum, the use of face masks was compulsory, and the recommended interpersonal safety distance of 2 metres was respected between each and every person in attendance.