The Vuelta begins August 19 in Utrecht with a team time trial. This follows a stage from Den Bosch to Utrecht and one with the start and end at Breda. After a day off, the Vuelta a España continues in Vitoria-Gasteiz in the Basque Country, in northern Spain.
The jersey was presented at Breda, after which it was cycled through Den Bosch to Utrecht, the last piece led by Zotemelch. “It was an honor to lead the group and to be able to deliver this special jersey,” said the winner of the Vuelta (1979) and Tour (1980).
The jersey bearing the characteristics of the respective cities and provinces will be worn by the leader of the general classification on Dutch soil. According to the organization, this is the first time in cycling history that a leader’s jersey has been specifically designed and used for a host nation.
“It will take some time before La Vuelta Holland starts, but the activities have already started,” said Dijksma, in the presence of Vuelta Director Javier Guillén. “La Vuelta lives in Utrecht, North Brabant and all over the country and it shows. Let us all have fun preparing for this iconic event.”
Guillén spoke of “a preconceived notion, where everything comes together which makes the Netherlands so well suited for an event like La Vuelta; beautiful cycling environments and cyclists of all ages and enthusiasm”. “I can’t wait to finally get started,” he said.
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