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Vuelta a España
La Vuelta a España is a multi-stage cycling race which takes place mostly within Spain but also in other countries. The race consists of 21 challenging stages that cyclists take on during August and September every year.
The star is born
The very first edition of La Vuelta a España was held in 1935. It was inspired by the success of two traditional races: The Tour de France and the Giro d`Italia. The founder of the race and, at the same time, the owner of the newspaper "Informaciones" found out that both races had increased the sales of the newspaper of their organizers, so he tried to do the same. Thus, in 1935, 50 brave men took their places at the start and had to face an incredible distance of 2119 kilometers. The champion of the first year was the Belgian rider Gustaaf Deloor.
In 1936, the civil war broke out in Spain and the race was in jeopardy at that time. Nevertheless, the second race was held in the end, with Deloor winning for the second time. However, the civil war went in an unfavorable direction and the third edition was not held until 1941. Today La Vuelta is inseparably linked to the world of sport and together with the Tour de France and the Giro d`Italia it is one of the most popular cycling races in the world.
La Vuelta 2021
This year's Vuelta started on August 14th and finishes on September 6th, 2021. Spectators and cyclists alike will be able to enjoy it once again. The cyclists will cover a total of 3336 kilometers and will have to overcome dozens of challenging steep hills, this time only through Spain.
This year the race started in front of the cathedral in Burgos and finishes in Santiago de Compostela. What does the exact route look like?
You can watch the race on Eurosport and GCN.
Jerseys of La Vuelta a España
La Vuelta has a total of four competitions as part of the race. These include the competition for the general classification, the points classification, the mountains classification and, last but not least, the classification for the young riders. The riders are differentiated by colored jerseys:
Red jersey: The time of each rider is measured at the finish line of each stage and the rider with the fastest time gets the red jersey. The rider with the fastest overall time at the end of the race becomes the champion of the Vuelta a España.
Green jersey: This jersey is worn by the rider with the highest score. The winner of each stage gets 100 points. The score is then reduced until the 15th rider to cross the finish line gets one point. Movistar rider Alejandro Valverde is one of the three riders who have won the green jersey.
Polka dot jersey: A jersey that cannot go unnoticed. This jersey is worn by the leader of the climbers' classification. Points in this category are awarded according to the climbs during the race: the more difficult the climb, the more points the first rider at the top will receive.
White jersey: Previously the white jersey was awarded to the rider with the best overall score in the general classification. This changed in 2019 and the white jersey now being awarded to the best young rider in the overall classification.
List of Vuelta a España winners
The winner of the 76th Vuelta a España is not yet known. However, you can see the list of the previous champions in the table below: