Vuelta to hit Bilbao

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BRIT GRIT: Simon Yates will be looking to defend his Vuelta title next year. Credit: @cyclist/Twitter


WITH less than two weeks to go until the official unveiling of the 2019 Vuelta a España route, pieces of the puzzle continue to fall into place.

Visits to Andorra and France are already on the cards, and Bilbao and Los Muchucos have now been added to the route.

The Minister for Employment, Industry and Tourism, Isaac Pola, has also revealed that the Vuelta will be spending three days in Asturias.

The stretch is set for the end of the second week, September 7, 8 and 9 and will see the riders tackle two summit finishes.

With its challenging climbs, the Vuelta has visited Asturias on several occasions and this year’s race featured summit finishes at Praeres de Nava and Lagos de Covadonga.

In 2019, the Alto de Acebo and Puerto de La Cubilla will play host to the two summit finishes, while the third stage finish will be held in the Asturian capital of Oviedo.

It will be the first time since 1987 that the Vuelta has visited Oviedo, the home of Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso.

The 2019 Vuelta España will start in Torrevieja on August 24 and will spend three days in Alicante province.

The full route of the race will be officially revealed in a ceremony in Alicante on December 19.

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