Unipublic, organizer of Cycling round to spain, confirmed this Wednesday that the city of Utrecht It will be the start of the edition of the ‘big’ in 2022 and that the Netherlands will host the first three stages, thus recovering the start of the route that it could not carry out in 2020.
“The Netherlands is back on the road to its great project as host of the official start of La Vuelta 22. The Dutch city and province of Utrecht and its neighbor North Brabant will be the protagonists of the start of the 77th edition of La Vuelta, “La Vuelta said in a statement.
The Netherlands had been chosen to host the start of the 2020 edition, but the health crisis caused by the coronavirus did not allow it and the race, which had also changed its dates to autumn, finally left from Irún and could not go outside of Spain.
Unipublic indicated that “the planned preparations” for 2020 will be maintained for next year and that Utrecht will be the protagonist of the presentation of teams, the inaugural time trial and the goal of the second stage, It will start in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, capital of the province of North Brabant, while the third will run through said province with the start and finish line in the city of Breda.
“The Dutch municipalities of Breda, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Utrecht, as well as its homonymous province and the neighboring North Brabant, they have been very excited to be able to resume the project. The Vuelta thus celebrates an official start from the Netherlands, thirteen years after the last time the peloton of this race passed through the territory, “he recalled the race, which in 2009 had an iconic start from the Assen circuit.
“Going back to the Netherlands, which is the cycling nation par excellence, is a longing we have had for a long time. The Netherlands is a guarantee of success at the organizational level and I have no doubt that, despite how complicated it is. is the current context, we will be able to carry out the event safely and successfully “, celebrated Javier Guillén, director of La Vuelta.
The manager, who pointed out that last year they saw “forced to make a decision that never” had been in their plans Because of “the circumstances”, he thanked that “the commitment of the Netherlands and their eagerness to celebrate La Vuelta have not changed one iota in this time.” “It is a pleasure for us to work with entities so committed and with such a level of love for cycling,” he added.
Thus, the 2022 edition will be the second edition of La Vuelta that starts from the Netherlands, after the one mentioned from Assen in 2009, and the fourth in total from abroad after Lisbon in 1987 and the French Nîmes in 2017.
The city of Utrecht will act as coordinator at the local level since both it and the province of North Brabant “They have extensive experience hosting major sporting events in general and cycling in particular.”
“The official start of La Vuelta 22 is, if possible, more special, due to the close historical ties that unite Spain and the Netherlands and the present common projection that they have at the level of environmental protection and sustainability policies. Both criteria undoubtedly decisive when it comes to make the decision to organize the official departure from the Netherlands“, sentenced the ‘great’ Spanish.
A common project
The official start of La Vuelta 22 is the result of intense and continuous work by all the entities involved. In addition to guaranteeing the reception and organization of a top-level sports project such as the start of the 77th edition of the Spanish round, the local organizing committee of ‘La Vuelta Holland’ and all its partners are working on the development of an extensive program of festive and sports activities that will cover the La Vuelta 22 peloton on its official departure from the Netherlands.
The five municipalities and provincial entities involved have joined forces to make the project a reality and will remain united to carry it out. The private sector will also be closely linked to the financing of the event and a grant will be formally requested at the state level addressed to the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport of the Government of Netherlands.