PREPARATIONS are underway in Torrevieja ahead of the city’s staging of a leg of the La Vuelta cycle race at the end of August.
Mayor Jose Manuel Dolon and councillor for Sports, Pablo Samper, said the launch of the ninth stage of the Tour of Spain on August 30 will be “a success” as the mayor explained that meetings had been held between the Local Police, political party representatives and Torrevieja’s cycle clubs to help involve “other bodies in decision-making.” Dolon said there would be major police deployment on the day as well as Guardia Civil and Civil Protection troops.
This stage of La Vuelta will leave from the Paseo Juan Aparicio and will run along Avenida de la Purisima, along the coast, to La Mata. For this route, small minor works have been needed such as placing a ramp up Calle Ramon y Cajal and removing some street furniture so there is a path of at least four metres in width.
Samper said the event would propel Torrevieja on to the international sports scene: “We want to project the image of the city, so that viewers around the world can enjoy the views of Torrevieja.”
It is the first time the city has hosted a stage in the history of the 80-year-old cycling race. The Tour of Spain cyclists have passed through the city on numerous occasions but until now it has never been designated host of a departure or arrival.