Over the years, Andorra la Vella has become one of La Vuelta’s favourite destinations. The capital of the Principality of Andorra lives up to its name of “la Vella”-the Old- being the city outside Spain that has most often featured in this Spanish race: a total of 15 times between starts and finishes. There will certainly be many more, as these visits to Andorra provide the race with a guaranteed spectacle and the most impressive mountain landscape.
In 2015, La Vuelta designed, together with Joaquim ‘Purito’ Rodríguez, the route of one of the hardest stages in the race’s history. An entire day in Andorra, raced by such famous riders as Chris Froome, Mikel Landa (who won the stage that day), Fabio Aru, ‘Purito’ himself, and Tom Dumoulin. Four years later, La Vuelta is returning with another climb up Cortals d’Encamp. A now legendary stage that will be accompanied this year by another climb up Engolasters, with a spectacular three-kilometre stretch along a trail linking both these mountain passes.