Sporting aspects

The route

Running from Saturday August 25th to Sunday September 16th 2018, the Vuelta will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3254,7 kilometres.

Distinctive aspects of the race


The official departure of La Vuelta 2018 will be the Spanish tour’s 30th visit to the capital city of Malaga. The first one took place in 1936, during La Vuelta’s second edition, where it hosted both a finish-line following a departure from Seville, and a departure that headed towards Granada.


The race continues to have the same bonus points system that awards 10, 6 and 4 seconds to the first three riders in each stage, respectively, and 3, 2 and 1 seconds to the first three riders to complete each intermediate sprint.


In the Vuelta, not only the general classification is at stake, riders also fight to be first in the points classification, or to become King of the Mountain in each edition. Points are obtained through the following system: 25 points are given to the stage winner, 20 to the rider that takes second place, 16 to the rider that comes third, 14 to 4th place, 12 to 5th place and then from 10 to 1 point between 6th and 15th place, respectively. Intermediate sprints award 4, 2 and 1 points to the first three riders to complete each one.

19 new start and new finish cities

Stage Type Date Start and Finish Distance Details
1 Individual time-trial Saturday, August 25, 2018 Málaga > Málaga 8 km Stage 1
2 Flat Sunday, August 26, 2018 Marbella > Caminito del Rey 163.5 km Stage 2
3 Medium Mountains Monday, August 27, 2018 Mijas > Alhaurín de la Torre 178.2 km Stage 3
4 Medium Mountains Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Vélez-Málaga > Alfacar. Sierra de la Alfaguara 161.4 km Stage 4
5 Medium Mountains Wednesday, August 29, 2018 Granada > Roquetas de Mar 188.7 km Stage 5
6 Flat Thursday, August 30, 2018 Huércal-Overa > San Javier. Mar Menor 155.7 km Stage 6
7 Flat Friday, August 31, 2018 Puerto-Lumbreras > Pozo Alcón 185.7 km Stage 7
8 Flat Saturday, September 1, 2018 Linares > Almadén 195.1 km Stage 8
9 Mountain Sunday, September 2, 2018 Talavera de la Reina > La Covatilla 200.8 km Stage 9
- Rest Day Monday, September 3, 2018 Salamanca Rest 1
10 Flat Tuesday, September 4, 2018 Salamanca. VIII Centenario Universidad de Salamanca > Fermoselle. Bermillo de Sayago 177 km Stage 10
11 Hilly Wednesday, September 5, 2018 Mombuey > Ribeira Sacra. Luintra 207.8 km Stage 11
12 Hilly Thursday, September 6, 2018 Mondoñedo > Faro de Estaca de Bares. Mañón 181.1 km Stage 12
13 Mountain Friday, September 7, 2018 Candás. Carreño > Valle de Sabero. La Camperona 174.8 km Stage 13
14 Mountain Saturday, September 8, 2018 Cistierna > Les Praeres. Nava 171 km Stage 14
15 Mountain Sunday, September 9, 2018 Ribera de Arriba > Lagos de Covadonga. Centenarios 2018 178.2 km Stage 15
- Rest Day Monday, September 10, 2018 Santander Rest 2
16 Individual time-trial Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Santillana del Mar > Torrelavega 32 km Stage 16
17 Hilly Wednesday, September 12, 2018 Getxo > Balcón de Bizkaia 157 km Stage 17
18 Flat Thursday, September 13, 2018 Ejea de los Caballeros > Lleida 186.1 km Stage 18
19 Flat Friday, September 14, 2018 Lleida > Andorra. Naturlandia 154.4 km Stage 19
20 Mountain Saturday, September 15, 2018 Andorra. Escaldes-Engordany > Coll de la Gallina. Santuario de Canolich 97.3 km Stage 20
21 Flat Sunday, September 16, 2018 Alcorcón > Madrid 100.9 km Stage 21



The city of Malaga has one of the greatest concentrations of important art centres per capita in the world. The Picasso Museum, the Carmen Thyssen Museum, the Contemporary Art Centre and the Malaga Fine Arts Museum are some of its most notable examples.

For the past 40 years, the Pompidou Centre has been fulfilling the ambitious goal of housing artwork spanning over a century. Its Paris headquarters features a collection of over 100,000 works of art that date from 1905 to the contemporary period. Its Malaga counterpart is a colourful, modern building that stands in stark contrast to the traditional fishing port found just behind it. Since 2015, this innovative project has served as a link between the Paris museum and the Spanish public, as well the multitudes of foreign tourists that visit Malaga each year.

Its halls house almost one hundred works of art, ceded by the vast French collection, that are renewed every two and a half years, and also contain different temporary exhibits. In order to bring people closer to the various artistic movements, Malaga’s Pompidou Centre fills its exhibits with different musical, dance and theatre programs, including shows, cinema series and conferences.

The artists that make up the Pompidou collection cover very different styles, but are all of the highest quality. Painters such as Henri Matisse, Vassily Kandinsky and Robert Delauney are widely represented in the collections and, of course, Malaga’s own Pablo Picasso, without whom it would be difficult to make any sense of 20th century art.

La Vuelta knows Malaga well and has visited it on numerous occasions (29 times, including both departures and finish-lines). The 30th time will no doubt be special as, for the first time, we will do so with the intention of both discovering and showcasing the city through its culture, its art and its museums to the rest of the world. Its people’s passion for sports, its unbeatable climate and its enviable quality of life all make Malaga one of the ten best European cities to live in according to the Eurobarometer. This summer, Malaga will become an artistic and cycling epicentre for thousands of people.

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