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by Mark Zalewski
September 3, 2016
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The southern French city of Nimes will host the start of the 2017 Vuelta a España, organizers confirmed Friday.
This will be only the third time the race has started outside of Spain. Race director Javier Guillen told a press conference that the idea came to him when he attended a bullfight in the southern French city in 2012.
“I liked this city and I made contact with city officials in Nimes, with whom there was an instant rapport because they love Spanish culture. We’ve been working on this project for several years now,” said Guillen.
The 72nd Vuelta will begin with a team time trial on August 19, 2017, and will have at least two stages on French soil. “I am leaving it open to the media to speculate what happens, whether we’ll have another stage in France or head directly into Spain,” Guillen said.
The race will finish in Madrid on September 10.