La Vuelta 2023 to start in BarcelonaBarcelona is to officially host the start of La Vuelta 2023. The city will be the sole location for the opening stage of the event, a sprint against the clock, as well as the final section of the second stage. The presence of the cycling event in the city represents a boost for Barcelona in terms of its international profile as a sporting capital and a host for major events.
The route for the two stages will be designed jointly by the race organisers and the City Council, the goal being not only to offer a showcase sports event but also to show some of the city’s most iconic spots. Barcelona will also host the team presentation ceremony and provide the scenario for the official ad for the event.
This competition, the most important in Spain and one of the top three on the international calendar along with the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia, returns to the city after a gap of eleven years. The last time the tour came to Barcelona was in 2012. On that occasion, the 9th stage of the event set off from Andorra and finished in Montjuïc. The only time the competition started in the city was in 1962.