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.