In September Madrid will be hosting the final stage of this spectacular bicycle race which has been held across the country for 74 years.
Six flat stages, two of them with a finishing climb; six hilly stages; five mountain stages and two individual time trials... the Vuelta a España will be starting in Málaga and end in a fantastic closed circuit in the city of Madrid, where the cyclists will ride several laps around a course formed by thoroughfares like Paseo de la Castellana, Paseo del Prado and the Gran Vía.
For 40 years now the 21st stage between the town of Alcorcón and Madrid has led to the Vuelta’s finish line in Spain’s capital, although on this occasion some new features will mark it. The Vuelta a España will start out at the Centre Pompidou in Málaga and end with the cyclists riding by the Prado Museum, which is celebrating its bicentenary.
Before reaching the Prado, however, the last day of the race will begin in Alcorcón, in the Region of Madrid, with the cyclists riding by the Municipal Glass Art Museum (MAVA), which has promoted this contemporary art form for 20 years at the Great Castle of San José de Valderas, built 100 years ago and recently restored. This is a final flourish to highlight the artistic course of the Vuelta 2018.
It should be pointed out that the last stage of Spain’s foremost bicycle race is a flat one in which the cyclists ride slowly, serving as a tribute to the winner of the Vuelta, even though it features an explosive finish conceived especially for sprinters.