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2013 Vuelta a España route revealed and there's even more climbing than last year

Yesterday in Vigo – a city and municipality situated in north-west Spain in the autonomous community of Galicia – organisers of the 68th edition of the Vuelta a España finally revealed the 2013 route and it would be fair to say that it may well be one of the hardest ever seen. It begins on Saturday 24th August in Galicia’s rugged Rias Baixas regions and will take an anti-clockwise route around Spain.

2013 Tour de France route unveiled and it's going to be spectacular

On Wednesday in front of an audience of 4,000 people at the Paris Convention Centre one of the worst-kept secrets in cycling was confirmed when Tour de France race director Christian Prudhomme officially unveiled the 2013 route and announced that the 100th edition of the race will be an entirely French affair.

RCS Sport officially unveil the 2013 Giro d'Italia route

Yesterday afternoon Giro d’Italia organiser RCS Sport officially unveiled the 2013 route. After weeks of rumour and speculation – most of which turned out to be true – the 96th edition of the Corsa Rosa was presented in Milan and in stark contrast to this year’s race it will be an almost entirely Italian affair.

The Tour Ride Cycle Show Sportive

This weekend the NEC hosted The Cycle Show and in partnership with The Tour of Britain the organisers included a brand new sportive. The Tour Ride Cycle Show Sportive featured two distances, a 96 km challenge ride and a 150 km pro ride. This morning I rode the 150 km pro ride and apart from the gusting winds I quite enjoyed it.

Tre Cime di Laveredo to feature on penultimate day of 2013 Giro

Giro d’Italia race organiser RCS Sport continue to tease us by releasing details of next year’s race ahead of their official announcement this coming Sunday, 30 September. On Wednesday they confirmed via their Twitter feed that the Tre Cime di Lavaredo mountain peaks in the Italian Dolomites will provide the back drop to the penultimate day of racing – and in all probability the final mountain stage – of the 2013 Giro d’Italia.

Official promo video for 2013 Giro d'Italia released

Although we’ve got to wait until Sunday before next year’s Giro d’Italia route is unveiled, race organiser RCS Sport whetted our appetites yesterday when they released a fantastic teaser video. It’s a bit dramatic and perhaps a bit over the top, but I liked it. Especially when it contains quotes like “This is Giro d’Italia, the toughest race in the world’s most beautiful place”.

Col du Galibier summit finish confirmed for 2013 Giro d'Italia

There’s still another 7 days to go until the 2013 Giro d’Italia route is announced however last Thursday it was revealed that stage 15 will feature a mountain top finish on the Col du Galibier. The Galibier is an iconic Alpine climb and while it has been used many times in the Tour de France, it has never been used in the Giro before.

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