At the time of writing this (mid July), the Tour de France will have one more week to go before the final and the winner crowned.  Many riders will then be preparing for the next big “Tour”, La Vuelta de España which starts Friday 19th August.

21 teams are taking part, but most riders names are unkown at the moment. One rider announced is last year’s winner of the same race, Primoz Roglic. Unfortunately, he crashed out of the Tour de France, but after recovery, will line up for another crack at winning the La Vuelta de España.

It’s impossible to list other riders at present as teams are relunctant to put out names too far in advance in case of injuries and also Covid could put an end to riders taking part.

The heat is with us as always, but with the race starting this year in the Netherlands it should be a kinder temperature to welcome the riders.

I remember 5 years ago the start was in Mallorca and the first day’s time trial started at 10pm as the day temperature was 44 degrees!

For further information and a detailed route visit www.lavuelta.es. Don’t forget this year  La Vuelta de España passes Alhama, Totana, Lorca and Mojacar on Wednesday 31st  so if you’re keen to see what all the excitement is about, get yourself and family or friends to any of these locations and make a day of it, either with lunch or by exploring these beautiful Towns

In next month’s issue I’ll give a short overview on the first few days race