The Vuelta a España will return to Andorra in 2019, while the race could also cross the Pyrenees for a stage on French roads. The 2019 Vuelta route will be presented in Alicante on December 19.
Olga Gelebert, Andorra’s Minister for Culture, Sport and Youth, confirmed to El Periòdic d'Andorra over the weekend that the principality will host a stage finish during the 2019 Vuelta, though she did not divulge the details.
"This is very good news," said Gelebert, who hinted that Andorra would also seek to host the Tour de France again in the coming years. "It has been shown that when the Tour arrives, the impact is a bit bigger, but La Vuelta is well known."
Andorra was the site of the final two mountain stages of the 2018 Vuelta, with Thibaut Pinot winning at on the Coll de la Rabassa and Enric Mas triumphing on the Coll de Gallina.
El Periòdic d'Andorra suggested that Cortals d’Encamp – where Mikel Landa won on the 2015 Vuelta – could be in line to host the Andorran stage finish in 2019, though no details have yet been confirmed.
Speaking to the EFE news agency at the end of this year’s Vuelta, race director Javier Guillen hinted that the race would visit France in 2019, citing the success of last year's start in Nîmes.
AS reports that Pau is a likely candidate for the French stage of the 2019 Vuelta, though it is unclear if it would host a time trial, as was previously rumoured. Pau has already been confirmed as the start and finish town for the stage 13 time trial on the 2019 Tour de France.
The 2019 Vuelta will start with a time trial in Torrevieja on August 24, and the opening two road stages will also take place in the Alicante region.