THE second stage of the Vuelta Comunidad Valenciana Feminas (Valencian Community Women’s Race) finishes in Finestrat, Costa Blanca, on Friday, February 21.
It is the 126-kilometre Etapa Reina, the race’s most important stage, and includes the Maigmo, Carresqueta, Fallim, Tudons and Finestrat mountain passes. This is the race’s fourth edition and 180 women cyclists, including several world champions, will be taking part. Finestrat’s mayor Juan Francisco Perez and the town hall’s sports councillor David Alarcon attended the Alicante City presentation of the Vuelta presided at the Diputacion by the head of the provincial council’s Sports department.
The Vuelta’s director Ruben Donet and Juanjo Castello, mayor of Agost, Day Two’s starting point, were also present. Agost-Finestrat is the Vuelta’s only stage ending in an ascent and promised to be “epic” Donet said. It will also be streamed live on social media and on a giant screen set up at the finishing line. Inclusion in the Vuelta was a matter of pride and an ideal opportunity for Finestrat, the mayor said.
“We’re talking about a sport that a great number of enthusiasts practise in Finestrat owing to our privileged mountain location, and we are also giving visibility to women in sport,” Perez added.