Vuelta a Espana Cycling Tournament (Round the Spanish – La Vuelta) 2019 officially kicked off on August 24 in Torrevieja, the coastal city of southeastern Spain.
The opening race for the 2019 season is only 13.4 km long, starting from the famous salt lake with characteristic pink Salina de Torrevieja to the center of Torrevieja. As a result, Colombian driver Miguel Angel Lopez finished the race with the best result, with the Astana team completing the race in the shortest time of 14 minutes and 51 seconds, thereby taking the lead after the first leg. Lopez is temporarily the owner of the best red shirt for a crab.
Deceuninck – Quick-Step was second, two seconds more than Astana, and Germany’s Sunweb was third. Meanwhile, the absence of outstanding faces like Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and defending champion Tour de France Egan Bernal, Ineos team ranked 11th, less than Astana’s achievement to 26 seconds.
The opening day also witnessed the unlucky accident of the Jumbo-Visma team. It was highly appreciated before the tournament, but the Dutch team started unlucky when four drivers had an accident. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.
Today, drivers will enter the second stage of the 199 km route from Benidorm to Calpe.
This year, Vuelta a Espana has entered the 74th season. This is the last race of the year in the system of three prestigious Grand Tour of the world long-distance cycling village (the remaining two are Around Italy and Tour de France). The Vuelta a Espana 2019 season takes place over three weeks, from August 24 to 15-9, attracting the participation of nearly 200 riders from 22 racing teams.
The curves will take 21 routes with a total route of more than 3,200 km across the landscapes of Spain and part of Andorra and France, before finishing in Madrid on September 15-9. Unlike the yellow jersey at the Tour de France, the best finalist in Vuelta a Espana will wear the red shirt.