History of Vuelta a España:
First held in 1935 and annually since 1955, the Vuelta runs for three weeks in a changing route across Spain. The inaugural event (1935) saw 50 entrants face a 3,411 km course over only 14 stages, averaging over 240 km per stage. It was inspired by the success of the Tours in France and Italy. Now the race is the final Grand Tour of the cycling season and features 21 stages, beginning with a team time trial that will start in Balneario Laias. The subsequent stages will include 10 summit finishes. The race will end in Madrid.
Route of Vuelta a España 2017:
The 2017 Vuelta a España will leave Saturday, 19 August, with a team time trial in Nîmes, France, to arrive on Sunday, 10 September, in Madrid. The 2nd stage is played out on French soil as well, while stage 3 is supposed to see a (summit) finish in Andorra. After 1997 and 2009, with ‘Grandes Salidas’ in Portugal and the Netherlands, this is going to be the third time in history the Vuelta a España starts outside of Spain.