The Moisés Ruiz Sports Pavilion of the Provincial Council this morning hosted the presentation of one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year in the world of cycling. The ‘Vuelta Ciclista Almería’ is back with a unique route that will pass through 13 municipalities and cross the most spectacular landscapes of the ‘Costa de Almería’ destination.
The province has established itself as one of the major national references of cycling to continuously hold major sporting events such as the ‘Titan Desert’ or the ‘Classic Almeria’ and host stages as important as those of the ‘Vuelta España’ in which it has already been announced that the Church of La Salinas located in Cabo de Gata, will be the protagonist of the arrival of the eleventh stage on 31 August.
The presentation was attended by the Deputy for Sports, José Antonio García; the Councillor for Sports of the City Council of Almería, Juanjo Segura; the Councillor for Sports of Huércal-Overa, María del Mar Meca, the Councillor for Sports of Huércal de Almería, Jesús Pomedio, the Councillor for Sports of Albox, Virginia Sáez and Zsuzsa Toth, commercial director of Total Sport Mediterranean, organiser of the Vuelta a Almería. Also in attendance were representatives from the town councils of Viator, Pechina, Rioja, Benizalón, Benitagla, Alcudia de Monteagud, Albanchez, Cantoria and Zurgena, municipalities through which the race will take place.
The Deputy for Sports, José Antonio García, said that “this is a different and unique format that is adapted to non-professional cyclists. There are three stages that will cover the length and breadth of the province, passing through four different counties. This will allow us to show the diversity of the province and show the potential that the whole province of Almeria has for cycling. We will continue to support this sport, attracting major sporting events and showing the world that Almeria is a land of cyclists. The president, Javier A. García, has shown the Diputación’s commitment to promoting major events in all areas of sport”.
For his part, the Councillor for Sports of the City Council of Almeria, Juanjo Segura, has moved that it is a satisfaction “to be part of the Sixth Vuelta Ciclista a Almería, it was a common desire of the Municipal Sports Board and the organization, Total Sport Mediterranean, which this year has become a reality”. In this line, he assures that on a daily basis “we work so that the greatest number of sporting events are held in our city and, now that the pandemic has left us breathing, it is time to promote them”, and, for this reason Segura expresses that the VI Vuelta Ciclista a Almería “will be a spectacle for the fans and a boost for the companies of the capital”. The Councillor for Sports congratulated “Sergio Domínguez, the promoter of this event”, while encouraging the people of Almeria “to enjoy the best cycling”.
The Councillor for Sports of the City Council of Huércal de Almería, Jesús Pomedio, explained that “we are a municipality with a strong cycling tradition, in fact we have the oldest cycling club in the province, and for us to be part of this Vuelta a Almería is a privilege” and added that “last year we had two stages, But this shows that more and more municipalities want to be part of the Vuelta, that there is a lot of interest in this race reaching the whole province and that is why being able to continue being one of the starting towns is something important for our sport and for our municipality”.
In addition, the Councillor for Sports of Huércal-Overa, María del Mar Meca, has been happy that the municipality is hosting the last stage: “it is the first time that Huércal participates in the Vuelta Ciclista Almería so it is an excellent opportunity to show the benefits of the town and the 27 districts that make it up. We invite all the inhabitants of the area to come on Sunday to enjoy the final stage”.
Finally, the councillor for Sports in Albox, Virginia Sáez, highlighted the important economic impact it will have for the region and the province in general: “hotels, rural accommodation and the hotel and catering trade will see the positive impact of this event. It is also another opportunity for the people of Almería to get to know the Saliente Sanctuary and the Virgen de la Pequeñica”.
Stages of the VI Vuelta Ciclista Almería
Stage 1: CRI Almería – El Toyo. 14.9 kilometres.
Stage 2: Huércal de Almería – Albox. 108.2 kilometres.
Stage 3: Albox – Huércal-Overa. 100.7 kilometres.