Lisbon, Oeiras and Cascais will host the official start of La Vuelta 24. This was made official this afternoon by Javier Guillén, general director of the race; João Mira-Gomes, Ambassador of Portugal in Spain; María de Lurdes Vale, Representative of Tourism of Portugal in Madrid; Carla Rocha, Councillor for Sports of Oeiras, and Francisco Kreye, Councillor for Sports of Cascais before the stage that brings the current edition to a conclusion. The 79th edition of La Vuelta will start on 17 August 2024 and will finish, as usual, in Madrid, on September 8.
The opening stage will start in Lisbon, Portugal, the city of seven hills, and finish in Oeiras. On stage 2, the peloton will start from Cascais and head north to the city of Ourém. Stage 3 of La Vuelta 24, still through Portuguese territory, will take place between the towns of Lousã and Castello Branco.
Lisbon already knows what it’s like to host an official start of La Vuelta. In fact, it was the first foreign city to host a start of the race. It happened in the 1997 edition, the year in which the Portuguese capital hosted the first three stages of the event. That historic edition ended in Madrid with the victory of Alex Zulle.
The start from Lisbon, Oeiras and Cascais will be the fifth from a foreign territory in the 89-year history of the race. In addition to Lisbon, the race has started from Assen (2009), Nîmes (2017) and Utrecht (2022).