Two Malaga towns to take centre stage in Spain's 2021 La Vuelta cycle race

The 2017 edition of La Vuelta a España on Malaga’s coast. File photograph.
The 2017 edition of La Vuelta a España on Malaga’s coast. File photograph. / FERNANDO GONZÁLEZ
  • Rincón de la Victoria will be finishing line for one stage and riders will face the starting gun in Antequera the following day

Malaga province appears on the map for the next edition, the 76th, of the La Vuelta a España professional cycling race in Spain, with two towns playing leading roles on two stages.

The organisers have announced that Rincón de la Victoria and Antequera will be the finish line of one leg (stage 10) and start line for the next stage the following day.

Depending on the evolution of pandemic - and if there are no changes - the stages are expected to roll into the Malaga towns on 24 and 25 August.

Stage 10 will start in Roquetas de Mar (Almeria) and the cyclists will cross the eastern coast of Malaga province to Rincón de la Victoria, which will be the culmination of a 190.2-kilometre race. This will be completely flat except for the final section at Almáchar which is about 15 kilometres from the finish line and will force the racers to make a very fast descent to Rincón de la Victoria – the first time that La Vuelta has rolled into the town.

On the contrary, Antequera has hosted the event previously - most recently on 31 August 2017 when the dolmens was the finish line of stage 12. This year Antequera will host the start of the 131.6-kilometre stage 11 on 25 August that will end in Valdepeñas de Jaén.

After the official announcement of the stages was made, the president of the Malaga's provincial council (Diputación), Francisco Salado, said, "The 1.5 million spectators who follow La Vuelta around the world will be able to enjoy the cultural, natural and scenic wealth of both the Antequera and Axarquía areas."

"It will also be a boost for tourism when the evolution of the pandemic allows it. It is about sowing seeds for future tourists that when they see the landscapes they will fall in love with them and will decide to come here," Salado said.