Road-side spectators give resounding thumbs-up to 2019 Vuelta a España

SANTUARIO DEL ACEBO SPAIN SEPTEMBER 08 Robert Gesink of The Netherlands and Team JumboVisma Alejandro Valverde Belmonte of Spain and Movistar Team Nairo Quintana of Colombia and Movistar Team Green Points Jersey Dylan Teuns of Belgium and Team BahrainMerida Gianluca Brambilla of Italy and Team TrekSegafredo Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates White Best Young Rider Jersey Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark and Astana Pro Team David de la Cruz of Spain and Team Ineos Puerto del Acebo 980m Peloton Landscape Fans Public during the 74th Tour of Spain 2019 Stage 15 a 1544km stage from Tineo to Puerto del Acebo Santuario del Acebo 1200m LaVuelta19 lavuelta on September 08 2019 in Santuario del Acebo Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
The peloton passes through the crowds at the 2019 Vuelta a España (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

A major independent survey of the social impact of the 2019 Vuelta a España has found that – quite apart from appreciating seeing the race live – a hefty majority of roadside spectators believed that the Vuelta had considerable longer-term benefits for the towns and cities through which the race passed.

The survey  of the 2019 Vuelta a España, carried out by researchers from the University of Murcia in south-east Spain and published online on Tuesday morning, interviewed thousands of spectators at starts, finishes and towns on ten stages on the race route.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.