The route details of the revamped La Vuelta Femenina by Carrefour.es continue to trickle in as organisers, Unipublic, confirm that the seven-day race will start in Torrevieja in Spain on May 1.
The official announcement was made on Wednesday at a meeting at the Consejo Superior de Deportes (CSD) in Madrid attended by its president José Manuel Franco, Torrevieja Mayor Eduardo Dolón, now-retired professional cyclist Dori Ruano, and Executive Director of Unipublic Javier Guillén.
“It is a source of enormous pride that Spain signifies, hand in hand with sport, a leading country in the development and promotion of women. The fact of welcoming one of the three great cycling tours, with an event that has gained its own space on the international calendar, reinforces the importance that women’s sports already has in our country,” Franco said.
“In this sense, I must highlight the commitment of public institutions, Unipublic and Carrefour, which this year has joined the Universo Mujer program to support La Vuelta Femenina. The Consejo Superior de Deportes is especially proud to add this kind of support. The public policies the Spanish Government is promoting in favour of equality have a greater impact when accompanied by the support and initiative of the private sector. Carrefour’s collaboration allows us to move faster in building a better future for the women and girls of our country.”
In a major shake-up for the former Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta, organisers changed its name to La Vuelta Feminina, expanded the race to seven stages, and moved it to May 1-7 in 2023.
However, very little information has been publicly confirmed about the route. The only detail offered up until the confirmation that it will start in Torrevieja was that it would start somewhere along the 200km-long Costa Blanca coastline.
Teams have complained about the lack of information about the seven-day race; however, Unipublic has confirmed that the full route will be revealed at a ceremony on February 28.
The start location is not new to professional cycling as the men’s Vuelta a España began in Torrevieja during the 2019 edition with a 13.4km team time trial that started from the Salinas de Torrevieja.
“At the Torrevieja City Council, we are pleased to have this very satisfactory synergy once again between La Vuelta and Torrevieja. We are about to celebrate four years since the historic start of La Vuelta from the Salinas de Torrevieja” said Dolón.
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