Four stages of next year's Vuelta a España to pass through Malaga province

Four stages of next year's Vuelta a España to pass through Malaga province
  • The race will start at Malaga's Centre Pompidou but also take in the Caminito del Rey and the Axarquía

The 2018 edition of the Vuelta a España will feature four stages in Malaga province, it has been announced.

The first, on 25 August 2018, is an individual time trial starting at Malaga's Centre Pompidou in Muelle Uno before crossing the city and concluding in Plaza de la Constitución at the end of the iconic Calle Larios.

The following stage will run from Marbella to the Caminito del Rey in El Chorro - the latter being used for a finishing line for the second consecutive year.

Provincial chief Elías Bendodo said to the race's general director, Javier Guillén, at the presentation recently: “I would love to see the Caminito as a permanent feature in the Vuelta and I invite you to look into the possibility.”

Guillén replied: “It certainly is a beautiful stage end and we are looking at this option.”

The third stage will connect Mijas and Alhaurín de la Torre - the latter being used as a finishing line rather than a starting point as was the case in last year's stage to the Caminito.

All corners of the province

The fourth and final Malaga stage will leave from Vélez-Málaga, taking in the Axarquía before finishing in Granada province.

“The Axarquía is another of our objectives,” said Bendodo, and “we are happy that the Vuelta will do a full tour of the province.”

The full route will be made public at a presentation in Estepona on 13 January.