A tartana, a trap or light carriage drawn by miniature horses, provided the industrial detonator for Ibi. Known as ‘Toy City’, this town in Alicante sprang up more than a century ago around the business of children’s toys. The first toy made in the town is now honoured locally by a landmark monument. The peloton of La Vuelta will be returning to its childhood in 2019 with this unprecedented start.
La Vuelta returns to the beautiful coastline around the city of Alicante, one of the largest cities in eastern Spain. This is a popular pre-season training ground for many teams in the peloton, and the city itself has a long sporting tradition. Alicante has been home to numerous teams and individual athletes that have gone on to achieve success in such varied sports such as cycling, basketball, handball and judo, which is the martial art in which Miriam Blasco, from Alicante by adoption, made her name as Spain’s first woman to win an Olympic gold medal.