The Vuelta a Venezuela will kick off in the coastal of Maracaibo, in the western part of the country. The race runs from August 25 to September 7. Six foreign teams along side the 20 local ones will fill the roads. 152 riders will start the race. Besides Venezuela, riders come from seven different countries, Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Italy, Guatemala, Brazil and Uruguay.
The first stage is a circuit race of 80 kilometres along the Avenida 5 de Julio in Maracaibo.
Italian Gianni Savio, who is also the coach for the national team of Venezuela, will guide the Diquigovanni Selle Italia-Venezuela team. It contains two Italian riders, Emiliano Donatello and Manuel Belleti. Savio is also the General manager of the Italian Pro Continental team Serramenti PVC Diquigiovanni - Androni Giocattoli.