La Vuelta 18: 100 days to go

Thursday, May 17th

Just 100 days before the start of the 73rd edition of La Vuelta, all the locations that will host the 21 departures and finish-lines of this year's route are already getting all the preparations... Read more

Nuria Fergó's 'La vida son solo dos días' is the...

Monday, May 7th

Nuria Fergó's song ‘La vida son solo dos días' will be the tune to accompany the peloton of La Vuelta 18 from its departure in Malaga until it crosses the final finish-line in Madrid. The song... Read more

Santini and Unipublic present the La Vuelta 18 jerseys

Thursday, April 19th

The four officialSantini leader jerseys for the La Vuelta 18 were unveiled today in Madrid. The event was organised by Unipublic and the Italian cycling wear company not only to present the jerseys... Read more

La Vuelta 2018: Teams selection

Tuesday, April 10th

The organizers of La Vuelta have chosen the teams that will take part in the 73rd edition of the Spanish Grand Tour. La Vuelta 2018 will start on Saturday the 25th of August and finish on Sunday... Read more

La Vuelta fans will choose their favourite high-altitude...

Thursday, February 22nd

Cycling fans will be able to choose their favourite high-altitude finale in La Vuelta 2018. Through the campaign “The most viral high-altitude finale”, that will take place on La Vuelta's... Read more

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2018 Route

Sporting aspects

The route

Running from Saturday August 25th to Sunday September 16th 2018, the Vuelta will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,271.4 kilometres.

  • 6 flat stages and 2 flat with high-altitude finales stages
  • 6 hill stages
  • 5 mountain stages
  • 2 individual time trial stages

Distinctive aspects of the race

  • 40.7 km individual time trial
  • 46 summits
  • 2 rest days

The official departure of La Vuelta 2018 will be the Spanish tour’s 30th visit to the capital city of Malaga. The first one took place in 1936, during La Vuelta’s second edition, where it hosted both a finish-line following a departure from Seville, and a departure that headed towards Granada.

The race continues to have the same bonus points system that awards 10, 6 and 4 seconds to the first three riders in each stage, respectively, and 3, 2 and 1 seconds to the first three riders to complete each intermediate sprint.

In the Vuelta, not only the general classification is at stake, riders also fight to be first in the points classification, or to become King of the Mountain in each edition. Points are obtained through the following system: 25 points are given to the stage winner, 20 to the rider that takes second place, 16 to the rider that comes third, 14 to 4th place, 12 to 5th place and then from 10 to 1 point between 6th and 15th place, respectively. Intermediate sprints award 4, 2 and 1 points to the first three riders to complete each one.

19 new start and new finish cities

Alhaurín de la Torre (finish of Stage 3)
Vélez-Málaga (start of Stage 4)
Alfacar. Sierra de la Alfaguara (finish of Stage 4)
Huércal-Overa (start of Stage 6)
San Javier. Mar Menor (finish of Stage 6)
Pozo Alcón (finish of Stage 7)
Almadén (finish of Stage 8)
Fermoselle. Bermillo de Sayago (finish of Stage 10)
Mombuey (start of Stage 11)
Mondoñedo (start of Stage 12)
Faro de Estaca de Bares. Mañón (finish of Stage 12)
Candás. Carreño (start of Stage 13)
Les Praeres. Nava (finish of Stage 14)
Ribera de Arriba (start of Stage 15)
Santillana del Mar (start of Stage 16)
Getxo (start of Stage 17)
Balcón de Bizkaia (finish of Stage 17)
Ejea de los Caballeros (start of Stage 18)
Alcorcón (start of Stage 21)

The stages

1Individual time trialSaturday, August 25thMálaga / Málaga8 km
2FlatSunday, August 26thMarbella / Caminito del Rey163.9 km
3HillyMonday, August 27thMijas / Alhaurín de la Torre182.5 km
4HillyTuesday, August 28thVélez-Málaga / Alfacar. Sierra de la Alfaguara162 km
5HillyWednesday, August 29thGranada / Roquetas de Mar188 km
6FlatThursday, August 30thHuércal-Overa / San Javier. Mar Menor153 km
7FlatFriday, August 31stPuerto Lumbreras / Pozo Alcón182 km
8FlatSaturday, September 1stLinares / Almadén195.5 km
9MountainSunday, September 2ndTalavera de la Reina / La Covatilla195 km
-Rest dayMonday, September 3rd
10FlatTuesday, September 4thSalamanca. VIII Centenario Universidad de Salamanca / Fermoselle. Bermillo de Sayago172.5 km
11HillyWednesday, September 5thMombuey / Ribeira Sacra. Luintra208.8 km
12HillyThursday, September 6thMondoñedo / Faro de Estaca de Bares. Mañón177.5 km
13MountainFriday, September 7thCandás. Carreño / Valle de Sabero. La Camperona175.5 km
14MountainSaturday, September 8thCistierna / Les Praeres. Nava167 km
15MountainSunday, September 9thRibera de Arriba / Lagos de Covadonga. Centenarios 2018185.5 km
-Rest dayMonday, September 10th
16Individual time trialTuesday, September 11thSantillana del Mar / Torrelavega32.7 km
17HillyWednesday, September 12thGetxo / Balcón de Bizkaia166.4 km
18FlatThursday, September 13thEjea de los Caballeros / Lleida180.5 km
19FlatFriday, September 14thLleida / Andorra. Naturlandia157 km
20MountainSaturday, September 15thAndorra. Escaldes-Engordany / Coll de la Gallina. Santuario de Canolich105.8 km
21FlatSunday, September 16thAlcorcón / Madrid112.3 km



The city of Malaga has one of the greatest concentrations of important art centres per capita in the world. The Picasso Museum, the Carmen Thyssen Museum, the Contemporary Art Centre and the Malaga Fine Arts Museum are some of its most notable examples.

For the past 40 years, the Pompidou Centre has been fulfilling the ambitious goal of housing artwork spanning over a century. Its Paris headquarters features a collection of over 100,000 works of art that date from 1905 to the contemporary period. Its Malaga counterpart is a colourful, modern building that stands in stark contrast to the traditional fishing port found just behind it. Since 2015, this innovative project has served as a link between the Paris museum and the Spanish public, as well the multitudes of foreign tourists that visit Malaga each year.

Its halls house almost one hundred works of art, ceded by the vast French collection, that are renewed every two and a half years, and also contain different temporary exhibits. In order to bring people closer to the various artistic movements, Malaga’s Pompidou Centre fills its exhibits with different musical, dance and theatre programs, including shows, cinema series and conferences.

The artists that make up the Pompidou collection cover very different styles, but are all of the highest quality. Painters such as Henri Matisse, Vassily Kandinsky and Robert Delauney are widely represented in the collections and, of course, Malaga’s own Pablo Picasso, without whom it would be difficult to make any sense of 20th century art.

La Vuelta knows Malaga well and has visited it on numerous occasions (29 times, including both departures and finish-lines). The 30th time will no doubt be special as, for the first time, we will do so with the intention of both discovering and showcasing the city through its culture, its art and its museums to the rest of the world. Its people’s passion for sports, its unbeatable climate and its enviable quality of life all make Malaga one of the ten best European cities to live in according to the Eurobarometer. This summer, Malaga will become an artistic and cycling epicentre for thousands of people.

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