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The 2017 Vuelta a España will pass through Nerja on Thursday, August 31. Stage 12 of the Tour starts in Motril and ends in Antequera. Running from Saturday, August 19 to Sunday, September 10, 2017, the Vuelta will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3,297.7 kilometres - 161.4 of which will be in the province of Málaga. For only the third time in the race’s 80- year history, it will depart from another country, the French city of Nîmes. The Vuelta will also ride through Andorra and finish in the Spanish capital of Madrid. This year’s route will feature 14 new start cities, including Motril and Coín, plus eight new finish cities including Los Dólmenes, Antequera. 161.4 kilometres in the There will be nine summit finishes, province of Málaga. including the Alto de l’Angliru and a single, relatively short individual time trial. Places to watch: Maro, Nerja, Torrox Costa, El Morche, Lagos, Algarrobo Stage 12 The tough second week of the race Costa, Caleta de Vélez, Torre will wind around southern Spain. del Mar, Benajarafe Torre de The first 85 kilometres of the stage Benagalbón, Rincón de la will be raced on the flat shores of the Costa del Sol. After Rincón de la Victoria, riders will follow the dry Victoria, La Cala del Moral and El Palo. riverbed of Totalán ‘upstream’ on the MA-3202, tackling the climb up the The Spanish grand tour is now Puerto del Léon. Stage 12 will see a UCI World Tour event. riders challenged on three summit finishes at Calar Alto, La Pandera, and the harsh Sierra Nevada. Cyclists Launched in 1935, it was will finish at the ski resort 2,490m paused for the Spanish Civil above sea level. War and World War II. Since The first three riders in stage 12 take time bonuses of 10, 6 and 4 seconds. When times and places to watch the race in Nerja are available we will put them on our Facebook page: /Soltalkmagazine . 36 1955, HY[H\Z[XH]\HYX\