Monaco to host the official start of La Vuelta 26

It’s been announced that Monaco will host the official start of the La Vuelta cycling race in 2026. 

The announcement was made official during a ceremony organised at the Yacht Club de Monaco in the presence of Prince Albert II, Minister of State Pierre Dartout, Yan Le Moenner, director general of Amaury Sport Organisation, and Javier Guillén, general director of La Vuelta. 

After Portugal, the Netherlands and France, the official start of the 81st edition of the famous Spanish cycling race will once again take place abroad.

The inaugural stage, and the start of the second stage, will be hosted on Monegasque territory, adding to the list of high-profile sporting events celebrated in the Principality’s streets, including the Formula One Grand Prix. 

Other cycling events hosted in Monaco include the Grand Départ of the Tour de France in 2009, and the start of the final time trial of the 2024 Tour de France, which will connect Monaco and Nice during the last stage of this year’s race. 

Running from 17th August to 8th September 2024, this year’s La Vuelta will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,265 kilometres.

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