Additional details on the plans to start the 2009 Vuelta in the Netherlands have been announced. According to ANP, Jos Vaessen, the President of the Vuelta foundation indicated that the Spanish Tour will likely spend four days in the Netherlands in 2009.
The Vuelta a España prologue is scheduled for a time trial circuit in Assen. The first stage may start in Drenthe in Assen and finish elsewhere in the province. The second stage would start in Twente, maybe visit Enschede, and continue on to Venlo. In the third stage, riders would go from Venlo near Luik. The peloton would then fly to Gerona a day later to continue racing in Spain.