La Vuelta comes to La Nucia

WITH Spain’s La Liga footballers being on strike, the lack of footballing activity last weekend left Spain’s premier cycling tour, La Vuelta, as almost the sole focus of the national elite sport in Spain.

The initial storm raised by the aftermath of the first season clash between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid in the Super Copa of Spain, gave way to a quiet weekend without football.

Those responsible for La Vuelta planned ahead with the aim of maximising their audience and attracting the attention of those who are here on vacation.

In a perverse twist of luck, the disappearance of football from TV screens only helped La Vuelta coverage. “However, it is very clear that cycling has to live with other sports like soccer, basketball, tennis, Formula One or MotoGP,” said Sr Guillen, an organizer of La Vuelta.

Last Sunday saw La Nucia wave off second stage of the tour. More than 6,000 people gathered at the exit at the Plaza-Auditori de Les Nits in the town, and other 6,000 people flooded the streets of the old town where the tour passed and the road-Benidorm La Nucia.

This second stage of 174 km, entirely within the province of Alicante, ended in Orihuela-Costa.

“La Nucia is a stage of the Tour for the first time in its history. A major sporting event with international impact has been an invaluable promotion for our municipality as it is being shown via television in over 100 countries. We were lucky that it was Sunday and in August so we have more than 12,000 people here following events here on the streets of La Nucia. Undoubtedly it is the biggest sporting event held in La Nucia, ” said Bernabe Cano, mayor of La Nucia.

By Paul Deed
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