La Vuelta departs from the Aragon municipality of Ejea de los Caballeros for the first time. Its tower, its church-fortress and its walls, the result of a territorial dispute between Muslims and Christians in Medieval times, will send the peloton off towards the Pyrenees. The locality has cycling in its blood and has been organising the “Educating with Cycling” days for the past three years, that bring together cycling personalities to discuss the best ways in which to transmit this sport's values.
Lleida is one of La Vuelta's “sprinter territories”. In the past decade, two stages have ended in what is known as the capital of inland Catalonia and two first-class names have added Lleida to their list of achievements: Mark Cavendish, winner of 30 Tour de France stages and Danny Van Poppel, son of the legendary Dutch sprinter, Jean Paul Van Poppel.