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Spanish Vuelta to return to Barcelona after 11-year absence

Colombia's Women Cyling Tour 2021 Finals.

Participants pass through the finish line during the last stage finals of the Vuelta a Colombia Femenina 2021 in Bogota, Colombia, were winner of the phase Miryam Nunez T: 02:34:49 from Ecuador won, and Lilibeth Chacon T: 02:37:46 from Venezuela won the general race. (Photo by: Chepa Beltran/Long Visual Press/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

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BARCELONA, Spain - The Spanish Vuelta will begin in Barcelona in 2023, returning to the city after an 11-year absence, organizers said.

Barcelona will host the official start of the race with a time trial held entirely within the Catalan city. The second stage will also finish in Barcelona.

The last time La Vuelta stopped in Barcelona was in 2012, when the ninth stage went from Andorra to Montjuic. The city hosted the race’s official start in 1962. The last time it hosted a time trial was back in 1978, also in Montjuic.

The initial three stages of this year’s Vuelta will take place in the Netherlands. The race’s presence in the country was originally planned for 2020 but it didn’t happen because of the coronavirus pandemic.