• The current Vuelta a España champion is Mitchelton-Scott's Simon Yates. (Getty)Source: Getty
Organisers say the 75th edition of the Vuelta a España will open with three stages in the Netherlands.
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22 Feb 2019 - 2:34 PM  UPDATED 22 Feb 2019 - 6:13 PM

The announcement, made Wednesday in the Dutch town of Breda, said the 75th edition of the race will begin with stages in the provinces of Utrecht and North Brabant, with riders going through 34 Dutch municipalities in three days.

More than 410 kilometres of the third Grand Tour event will be in Dutch territory before the riders return to Spain.

It's not the first time the event has landed on Dutch soil, the 2009 edition of the Vuelta also started in Assen with two other stages in Zutphen and Venlo.

This year's race will also have stages going through France and Andorra. British rider Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) in 2018, is the defending champion.

SBS will broadcast all stage of the 2019 Vuelta a España live across TV and online. Details TBA.

Stage 1: 23.7km TTT

The first stage will start on Friday evening. The riders in the team time trial will race through the streets of Utrecht. Starting at the Jaarbeurs then cycle eastwards through the City Centre. After a technical first part of the circuit, they ride alongside the Singel on the Maliebaan, the oldest cycle path in the Netherlands. The route then heads at full tilt for Overvecht, where the teams make a loop towards Leidsche Rijn. A great opportunity for spectators to see their cycling heroes racing past twice. After leaving the new Leidsche Rijn Centre the teams race to the finish. From the fly-over they will hold a full-on team sprint until they cross the line at the Jaarbeursplein. Utrecht will, therefore, become the first city to host the official start of the three Grand Tours.

 

Stage 2: 183km road stage

The second stage will start on Saturday morning is the beautiful historic centre of ’s-Hertogenbosch. The decor for the first part of this stage is formed by the Zuiderwaterlinie, the Dutch military defensive line dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. After crossing the big rivers the peloton will head at full speed to the Grebbeberg, where the first mountain points of La Vuelta 2020 can be earned. The riders follow their route over the hilly ridge known as the Utrechtse Heuvelrug, with stunning views of the various country estates and castles, as they head for Amersfoort. After a loop through the city of Utrecht, they will sprint to the finish line at the Utrecht Science Park.

Stage 3: 194km road stage

During the last stage on Dutch soil the spotlight is on the landscape of West Brabant. After the start on Sunday at Breda's historic castle the peloton will tour through the province. In doing so the riders will come face to face with the Brabantse Wal; the characteristic landscape of West Brabant. They will cycle through the birthplace of sport cycling in the Netherlands, places like St. Willebord, Alphen Chaam and Hoogerheide (known for the cyclocross competitions). After 194 kilometres the peloton races back through Breda for its last few metres in the Netherlands. The finish line is in front of the Chassé theatre; then we will know the winner of the third stage.