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The Vuelta a España (Spaingie pronunciation: [ˈβwelta a esˈpaɲa]; Scots: Tour o Spain) is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in Spain, while an aa occasionally makin passes through nearbi kintras. Inspired bi the success o the Giro d'Italia an the Tour de France, the race wis first organized in 1935.[1] The race wis preventit frae being run bi the Warld Wars an the Spainyie Ceevil War in the early years o its existence; however, the race haes been held annually syne 1955.[1] As the Vuelta gained prestige an popularity the race wis lengthened an its reach began tae extend aw aroond the globe. Syne 1979, the event haes been staged an managed bi Unipublic. The peloton expandit frae a primarily Spainyie parteecipation; riders frae aw ower the warld participate in the race each year. The Vuelta is a UCI Warld Tour event, which means that the teams that compete in the race are maistly UCI ProTeams, wi the exception o the teams that the organizers can invite.[2][3]

Vuelta a España
Date September (syne 1995)
Region Spain
English name Tour o Spain
Local name(s) Vuelta Ciclista a España (in Spaingie)
Nickname(s) The Vuelta
Discipline Road
Competition UCI Warld Tour
Type Grand Tour
Organiser Unipublic
Race director Javier Guillén
First edeetion 1935 (1935)
Edeetions 72 (as o 2017)
First winner  Gustaaf Deloor (BEL)
Maist wins  Roberto Heras (ESP) (4)
Maist recent  Chris Froome (GBR)

Alang wi the Tour de France an Giro d'Italia, the Vuelta maks up cyclin's prestigious, three week-lang Grand Tours.[4] While the route chynges each year, the format o the race stays the same wi the appearance o at least twa time trials, the passage through the muntain chain o the Pyrenees, an the finish in the Spainyie caipital Madrid. The modren edeetions o the Vuelta a España consist o 21 day-lang segments, stages, ower a 23-day period that includes 2 rest days.

Aw o the stages are timed tae the finish, efter finishin the riders' times are compoondit wi thair previous stage times. The rider wi the lawest aggregate time is the leader o the race an gets tae don the reid jersey. While the general classification garners the maist attention thare are ither contests held within the Vuelta: the pynts classification for the sprinters, the muntains classification for the climbers, combination classification for the aw-roond riders, an the team classification for the competin teams. The 2012 Vuelta a España wis wan bi the Spaniard Alberto Contador o Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank.[5][6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Cycling Revealed". Cycling Revealed. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  2. "Union Cycliste Internationale". Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  3. When is the Criterium route announced. "UCI WorldTour calendar 2012 | Latest News". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 2012-08-06. 
  4. "Million dollar, baby!". Cycling News. Future Publishing Limited. 12 January 2007. Retrieved 21 May 2011. 
  5. "Alberto Contador se proclama campeón de la Vuelta a España". Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  6. Reuters. "Contador reinforces position as stage race king – SuperSport – Cycling". SuperSport. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 

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