Mallorca sets priority to host Vuelta a Espana start in the following years

Mallorca last had the Vuelta a Espana in 1998 but a return could be possible in the coming years. Some figures of the island's council are keen on bringing the race and they have good arguments backing them up.

“We will take all possible steps to make it possible for a stage of the Vuelta a Espaãa to be held in Mallorca," Pedro Bestard - vice-president of the Island Council - said in an interview with OK Diario. “Organizing a stage of the Vuelta a España would boost the image of the island and help link it to the sporting world. Moreover, it is a unique opportunity to draw attention to our places and rich heritage.”

Nîmes (France) and Utrecht (Netherlands) have hosted the starts in 2017 and 2022 respectively. Now this coming year Lisbon will host the race's start. Logistically speaking, starting the Vuelta abroad is a great challenge, and both Giro d'Italia and Tour de France have had starts quite far away from home or in islands of their own nation. Hence, it should not be a major obstacle for the Vuelta's organizers to create a plan to start the race in Mallorca, one of the country's most popular islands - out of many.

Mallorca however is host to it's own racing series every year in January which brings in star riders constantly. Due to its good weather, several teams choose the island from winter training camps, and the race has it's one-day races provide plenty opportunities for riders to test their form. Mallorca is already a very popular cycling destination which features beautiful landscapes, famous mountains but also cities with lots of experience with big cycling events, and there could well be a match in the coming years.

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