The last of professional cycling’s three Grand Tours, the Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain) is a 3 week long multiple-stage race held every year, primarily in Spain.
The 2019 red jersey (maillot rojo), given to the General Clarification winner of the Vuelta a España, was won by the Slovenian, Primož Roglič of Team Jumbo–Visma who became the first person from his country to win a Grand Tour event.
When is the Vuelta a España?
The Vuelta a España is held annually, usually held over 3 weeks in the months of August and September. The 2020 Vuelta was originally due to take place between the 14th August and 6th September 2020, however will be held later in the year due to the Tour de France now taking place in August/September because of the Coronavirus pandemic. It will now be held between Tuesday 20th October and Sunday 8th November 2020 and overlap with the 2020 Giro d’Italia.
Where is the Vuelta a España?
The Vuelta a España is predominantly held in Spain but does visit neighboring countries.
Only three editions of the Vuelta have started outside of Spain:
- 1997: Lisbon, Portugal
- 2009: Assen, Netherlands
- 2017: Nîmes, France
The Vuelta was due to be started outside of Spain for just the fourth time in 2020, however a planned start in Utrecht in the Netherlands was cancelled due to the complexities with a delayed Vuelta being in the Autumn. There is now potential for the 2022 Vuelta to be held in Utrecht.
The final stage of the Vuelta traditionally finishes in Madrid.
How do I get there?
There are major airports in Madrid, Barcelona, Málaga, Alicante and Valencia among others.