Thursday, June 14, 2007

Grand Tours - Which race ?

The Tour de France, Giro d'Italia( Tour of Italy) and which other race in the UCI(Union Cycliste Internationale) calender make up the Grand Tours of Europe ?

Vuelta a Espana.

First held in 1935 and annually since 1955, the Vuelta runs for three weeks in a changing route across Spain. The inaugural event (1935) saw 50 entrants face a 3411 km (2,119 mi.) course over only 14 stages, averaging over 240km (149 mi.) per stage. It was inspired by the success of the Tours in France and Italy, and the boost they brought to the circulations of their sponsoring newspapers (L'Auto and La Gazzetta dello Sport respectively); Juan Pujol of the daily Informaciones instigated the race to increase his circulation. (Source : Wikipedia)

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