Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 13, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: 2017 Vuelta route to start in Nimes, France, with a return to fabled climb l’Angliru; Alison Powers launches amateur racing team with a new approach; Brailsford responds to bullying allegations; Valverde injured on training ride; Kittel speaks out about TUE use; Westra opens up about decision to quit; British Transport Secretary: ‘cyclists are not road users’; Tour of Utah announces host cities, adds ITT; NBC Sports announces 2017 cycling coverage; Behind the scenes with UCI Cyclocross World Championships organisers; POV preview of the UCI Cyclocross World Championship course; Video: Factory CrossArena; Video: Bradley Wiggins’ practices on ‘The Jump.’

2017 Vuelta route to start in Nimes, France, with a return to fabled climb l’Angliru

by Neal Rogers

On Thursday, Unipublic announced the itinerary of the 2017 Vuelta a España. For only the third time in its more than 80 years of history, the Spanish tour will start from a city outside its borders — this time with a team time trial in the French city of Nîmes. Vuelta director Javier Guillén said that the decision aims to show the “numerous ties that bind” the French and Spanish communities.

“Its love of all things Spanish, its character and its passion for the art of bullfighting and flamenco will take centre stage in this perfect fusion between the Vuelta, France, and emblematic Spain.”

Nîmes, capital of the Gard region in southern France, is known as “Little Rome” due to ubiquitous elements from the Roman Empire in its architecture and culture. The city’s history says that in the year 31BC, Augustus conquered the Roman Empire following his triumph over Marc Anthony and Cleopatra, and rewarded his troops with the city of Nîmes.

La Vuelta will kick off with two stages that will take place entirely on French soil, before arriving in Andorra, another country that has become a recurring feature in the Spanish tour over the past few year. The fourth stage of the 2017 edition will finish in Spain, in Tarragona, where it will then visit  Valencia, Murcia, Andalusia, Navarra, La Rioja, Castilla y León, Cantabria, and Asturias, before its usual finale in Madrid.

The 2017 Vuelta will see departures and finales that are unprecedented in the history of the Spanish race. The peloton will see a total of 14 departures that have not been previously used in the race’s 71 previous editions, as well eight new finales.

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