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Vuelta a Espana 2017 route presentation - Gallery

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Joaquim Rodriguez, Christian Prudhomme and Javier Guillen

Joaquim Rodriguez, Christian Prudhomme and Javier Guillen
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Perico Delgado, Luis Angel Mate and la Vuelta director Samuel Sanchez

Perico Delgado, Luis Angel Mate and la Vuelta director Samuel Sanchez
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Vuelta officials unveil the 2017 route

Vuelta officials unveil the 2017 route
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 Luis Angel Mate at the Vuelta route presentation

Luis Angel Mate at the Vuelta route presentation
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Javier Guillen, Joaquim Rodriguez, Omar Fraile, Luis Angel Mate

Javier Guillen, Joaquim Rodriguez, Omar Fraile, Luis Angel Mate
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Joaquim Rodriguez and Omar Fraile

Joaquim Rodriguez and Omar Fraile
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Joaquim Rodriguez and Samuel Sanchez

Joaquim Rodriguez and Samuel Sanchez
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Joaquim Rodriguez, Omar Fraile, Luis Angel Mate

Joaquim Rodriguez, Omar Fraile, Luis Angel Mate
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Anticipating the Vuelta route announcement

Anticipating the Vuelta route announcement
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Anticipating the Vuelta route announcement

Anticipating the Vuelta route announcement
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Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena

Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena
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Dignitaries take the stage at the Vuelta route presentation

Dignitaries take the stage at the Vuelta route presentation
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Nimes Mayor Franck Proust

Nimes Mayor Franck Proust
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Joaquim Rodriguez and Samuel Sanchez

Joaquim Rodriguez and Samuel Sanchez
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On stage at the Vuelta route presentation

On stage at the Vuelta route presentation
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Kris Boeckmans on stage at the Vuelta route presentation

Kris Boeckmans on stage at the Vuelta route presentation
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Kris Boeckmans on stage at the Vuelta route presentation

Kris Boeckmans on stage at the Vuelta route presentation
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Luis Angel Mate, Omar Fraile, la Vuelta director Javier Guillen and Samuel Sanchez

Luis Angel Mate, Omar Fraile, la Vuelta director Javier Guillen and Samuel Sanchez
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Vuelta officials unveil the 2017 route

Vuelta officials unveil the 2017 route
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Dancers provided entertainment at the Vuelta route presentation

Dancers provided entertainment at the Vuelta route presentation
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Stage profiles serve as back drop at the Vuelta route presentation

Stage profiles serve as back drop at the Vuelta route presentation
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Dignitaries take the stage at the Vuelta route presentation

Dignitaries take the stage at the Vuelta route presentation
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The 2017 Vuelta a Espana route presentation

The 2017 Vuelta a Espana route presentation
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Stage profiles serve as back drop at the Vuelta route presentation

Stage profiles serve as back drop at the Vuelta route presentation
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Scene from a video played at the Vuelta route presentation

Scene from a video played at the Vuelta route presentation
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Scene from a video played at the Vuelta route presentation

Scene from a video played at the Vuelta route presentation
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Introducing the 2017 Vuelta a Espana route presentation.

Introducing the 2017 Vuelta a Espana route presentation.
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Spanish cycling stars including Joaquim Rodriguez and Samuel Sanchez gathered Thursday in Madrid for the unveiling of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana route.

Most of the route details emerged prior to the official presentation, but the unveiling confirmed the specifics, including the return of Spain's toughest single climb, the Angliru. The presentation also filled in a few unknown start/finish locations as well as stage distances, and it provided organisers and riders a chance to finally officially talk about the stages.

Of course, the Vuelta retained is trademark for the most summit finishes while reducing the number of shorter, punchier stage finishes. Perhaps the biggest change is the race's start in France, the first start abroad since 2009 in the Netherlands.