It tends to be said there are few disciplines that are as good as cycling at combining the duality between individual and team sport. No cyclist can win without the support of his fellow team members. This is a lesson the riders of La Vuelta 19 will learn for themselves in Valls, the home of the ‘castells’. Nearly ten years ago, UNESCO declared these human towers Intangible Cultural Heritage, as an unrivalled example of effort, spectacle and mutual support.
Considered the European leather capital, Igualada has managed to safeguard its heritage involving this industry though its unique leather museum, the Museo de la Piel, which displays this material’s diversity of uses and applications, as well as the evolution of its manufacturing technique. A tradition of quality and excellence that could also be applied to the city’s relationship with La Vuelta. Three stages in the race’s history have finished in Igualada, with such famous winners as Agustín Tamames, Giuseppe Perletto, and Bernard Hinault.