The grand start of La Vuelta 22 took place this year in Utrecht, the Netherlands. After Assen in 2009, it will be the second Dutch city to host an official start of La Vuelta. In addition, the race has started outside Spain on two other occasions, Lisbon (Portugal) in 1997 and Nîmes (France) in 2017. In 2022, Utrecht will become the first city to have hosted official starts of all three grand tours. In 2010 it was the start of the Giro d’Italia and in 2015 it was the start of the Tour de France.
The 77th edition of La Vuelta will once again pass through the province of Almería. It will do so on Wednesday 31 August, starting in Alhama de Murcia, from ElPozo Alimentación, with a route consisting of a total of 191.2 km that will culminate in an exciting finish in Cabo de Gata, in the surroundings of the Church of Las Salinas. In this way, La Vuelta returns to the province of Almeria after the two stages held last year with a finish in Velefique and the second one starting from Roquetas de Mar.
The peloton of the most important cycling event in the country, and one of the three biggest in the world, will cover 133.7 km in Almeria in a flat race that will share with the fans and the general public the best landscapes of the Levante Almeria in towns such as Pulpí, Vera, Mojácar, Carboneras, Níjar (Agua Amarga, Rodalquilar, Ruescas)…, with the finish line in Cabo de Gata.
Throughout its 21 stages, it will have 12 starts and 11 new finishes, will visit 10 autonomous communities and, for the first time in history, the eight Andalusian provinces. On a sporting level, the riders will face nine mountain finishes, five of which are new to La Vuelta, two time trials, seven mountain stages, four medium mountain stages, six flat stages and two flat stages with a mountain