The Salinas de Torrevieja saltings will be going all out as they host the official start of the Vuelta for the first time. The timing of the event means that the Salinas will be resplendent in the characteristic pink colour that the waters take on from July to September. This idyllic backdrop has never before been used for the start of the event, though it has passed through Torrevieja before on a stage to Cumbre del Sol in Poble Nou de Benitatxell in 2015.
Torrevieja, in Alicante province, has never been the finish line for a stage of La Vuelta, but the municipality hosted the start of stage 9 in 2015. That was the day when the young Dutchman Tom Dumoulin first made the headlines, winning the stage at the age of 24. It was his first stage win in a major event, and he came close to winning the overall title. Two years later he won the Giro d’Italia, thus confirming the potential that he first showed, along with other riders, in the Vuelta on that day in Torrevieja.