The Netherlands will host the official start of the 2022 Vuelta a Espana, organisers said on Wednesday, after similar plans for last year's edition were scrapped because the race was rescheduled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Organisers said that Utrecht will host the inaugural time trial in August 2022 and the finish of the second stage, which begins from Hertogenbosch.
The third stage will start and finish in Breda.
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"To return to the Netherlands, which is the quintessential cycling nation, is something we've been wanting to do for a very long time," Vuelta director Javier Guillen said in a statement.
"The Netherlands is a guarantee for success in terms of organisation and I have no doubt that, despite the complexity of the current situation, we'll be able to carry out the event safely and successfully.
"In 2020 we were forced to make a decision that we never wanted to make, but which we were compelled to make given the circumstances.
"Despite everything, the Netherlands' commitment and wish to host La Vuelta hasn't changed a bit since then."
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