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The Vuelta a Espana 2019 route map

The Vuelta a Espana 2019 route map
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Enric Mas, Simon Yates and Miguel Angel Lopez listen to the 2019 Vuelta a Espana presentation

Enric Mas, Simon Yates and Miguel Angel Lopez listen to the 2019 Vuelta a Espana presentation
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Niki Terpstra at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana route presentation in Alicante

Niki Terpstra at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana route presentation in Alicante
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Symphonic Orchestra ADDA play during the 2019 Vuelta a Espana route presentation on December 19 in Alicante

Symphonic Orchestra ADDA play during the 2019 Vuelta a Espana route presentation on December 19 in Alicante
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The scene at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana presentation

The scene at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana presentation
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Perico Delgado, Vuelta director Javier Guillen and TV commentator Carlos de Andrés on stage at the Vuelta presentation

Perico Delgado, Vuelta director Javier Guillen and TV commentator Carlos de Andrés on stage at the Vuelta presentation
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Former pro Perico Delgado and Vuelta director Javier Guillen

Former pro Perico Delgado and Vuelta director Javier Guillen
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Former pro Perico Delgado, Vuelta director Javier Guillen and TV commentator Carlos de Andrés on stage at the Vuelta presentation

Former pro Perico Delgado, Vuelta director Javier Guillen and TV commentator Carlos de Andrés on stage at the Vuelta presentation
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Enric Mas, Simon Yates and Miguel Angel Lopez listen to the 2019 Vuelta a Espana presentation

Enric Mas, Simon Yates and Miguel Angel Lopez listen to the 2019 Vuelta a Espana presentation
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Enric Mas, Simon Yates and Miguel Angel Lopez at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana route presentation Wednesday in Alicante

Enric Mas, Simon Yates and Miguel Angel Lopez at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana route presentation Wednesday in Alicante
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Former pro Pedro Delgado, world champion Alejandro Valverde and Spanish journalist Carlos de Andres stand under a giant portrait of Valverde at the 2019 Vuelta route presentation

Former pro Pedro Delgado, world champion Alejandro Valverde and Spanish journalist Carlos de Andres stand under a giant portrait of Valverde at the 2019 Vuelta route presentation
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Former pro Pedro Delgado, world champion Alejandro Valverde and Spanish journalist Carlos de Andres at the 2019 Vuelta route presentation

Former pro Pedro Delgado, world champion Alejandro Valverde and Spanish journalist Carlos de Andres at the 2019 Vuelta route presentation
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The 2019 Vuelta a Espana map looms large at the route presentation on Wednesday

The 2019 Vuelta a Espana map looms large at the route presentation on Wednesday
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The scene at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana presentation in Alicante

The scene at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana presentation in Alicante
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The scene at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana presentation in Alicante

The scene at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana presentation in Alicante
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The giant map tells the story of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana

The giant map tells the story of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana
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Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) at the 2019 Vuelta route presentation

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) at the 2019 Vuelta route presentation
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Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) at the 2019 Vuelta route presentation

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) at the 2019 Vuelta route presentation
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Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Astana) during the Vuelta a Espana route presentatio

Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Astana) during the Vuelta a Espana route presentatio
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Alejandro valverde all dressed up for the 2019 Vuelta a Espana route presentation

Alejandro valverde all dressed up for the 2019 Vuelta a Espana route presentation
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Alberto Contador was a guest at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana route presentation

Alberto Contador was a guest at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana route presentation
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The scene at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana presentation in Alicante

The scene at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana presentation in Alicante
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Big pictures on stage at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana route presentation

Big pictures on stage at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana route presentation
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Perico Delgado Carlos de Andrés walk on stage at the 2019 Vuelta route presentation

Perico Delgado Carlos de Andrés walk on stage at the 2019 Vuelta route presentation
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Perico Delgado Carlos de Andrés walk on stage at the 2019 Vuelta route presentation

Perico Delgado Carlos de Andrés walk on stage at the 2019 Vuelta route presentation
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Alejandro Valverde provides the backdrop at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana route presentation

Alejandro Valverde provides the backdrop at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana route presentation
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Officials speak on stage at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana route presentation

Officials speak on stage at the 2019 Vuelta a Espana route presentation
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Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme, Alejandro Valverde and Vuelta a Espana director Javier Guillen take part in the route presentation for the 2019 Vuelta

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme, Alejandro Valverde and Vuelta a Espana director Javier Guillen take part in the route presentation for the 2019 Vuelta
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Organisers of the Vuelta a Espana invited some of cycling's top stars past and present to the 2019 route presentation Wednesday in Alicante, where 2018 winner Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), runner-up Enric Mas (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and third-placed Miguel Ángel López (Astana) joined former winners Alberto Contador and Pedro Delgado among the officials, fans and team managers.

The 2019 route trims back the number of mountain finishes from previous years, but there will still be plenty of climbing. New for 2019, however, will be the first-ever gravel section as the peloton races over 4km of dirt track during stage 9 from Andorra la Vella to Cortals d'Encamp.

The 74th edition of the Spanish Grand Tour will take place between August 24 and September 15. Setting out from Salinas de Torrevieja with a team time trial, the Vuelta will conclude in Madrid after 3,272.2km of racing. The route will include eight uphill finishes, five of which are new.

"It’s going to be a hard but very interesting Vuelta, with surprises, intrigue and emotion guaranteed," said Vuelta a Espana General Manager Javier Guillén. "There will be short-but-intense stages, including innovation and new and unprecedented ascents. The Vuelta brand is what it is, and we will never give it up. To the contrary, we seek to strengthen it."

Click or swipe through the gallery above for a look at the presentation in Alicante.