Vuelta 2017 Route stage 1: TTT in Nîmes (fra)
Saturday, 19 August 2017 – In line with tradition, the Vuelta a España begins with a team time trial. At 13.7 kilometres, which is almost half of last year's distance, the race is played out in the French city Nîmes.
The ITT is played out in the city, partly even in the old town, so it’s rather technical. Shortly after the start the route runs through the Arena of Nîmes, which is a Roman amphitheatre that is still in use as a bullfight arena. Furthermore, rock bands Metallica, Depeche Mode and Rammstein have performed here. Following this spectacular intermezzo the teams continue to a modest climb halfway, Alto de Nîmes, while the finish is near the Musée Archéologique.
It’s the thirth time the Vuelta a España starts outside of Spain. In 1997 Portugal hosted the Grande Salida, while the race set off in the Netherlands in 2009.
Nîmes is located in the south of France, around 250 kilometres from the Spanish border. The city has a rich history dating back to Roman times. Not without reason Nîmes has been called French Rome as a lot of Roman monuments are to be found in the city. Most famous is the above mentioned Arena of Nîmes, which is similar to the Colosseum in Rome.
The 2016 Vuelta was won by Nairo Quintana after a compelling battle with Chris Froome. From day one onwards the two rivals went at it head-to-head. Their teams finished in exactly the same time in the team time trial, although Sky was declared winner.
In 2015 the team time trial on day one was hors concours (BMC win), while Movistar powered to victory in the 2014 team time trial.
At 13.7 kilometres, the distance of the 1st stage of the 2017 Vuelta is shorter than last year, when the last Grand Tour of the season started with a 27.8 kilometres time trial.
Read also: results/report 1st stage 2017 Vuelta.
Vuelta 2017 stage 1: Route maps, height profiles, and more
Click on the images to zoom
Watch the highlights of recent races here:
Related articles The Route - Vuelta 2017 Riders - Vuelta 2017 Withdrawals - Vuelta 2017 Route and stages - Vuelta 2017 Start times time trial - Vuelta 2017 GC Favourites - Vuelta 2017 More articles
Tour Colombia 2019: Quintana wins Queen Stage, López takes overall
Tour Colombia: Winners and records
Ruta del Sol 2019: The Route
Ruta del Sol 2019: Riders
Ruta del Sol 2019: Favourites
Ruta del Sol 2019 Route stage 1: Sanlúcar de Barrameda – Alcalá de los Gazules
Ruta del Sol 2019 Route stage 2: Sevilla - Torredonjimeno
Ruta del Sol 2019 Route stage 3: Mancha Real - La Guardia de Jaén
Ruta del Sol 2019 Route stage 4: Armilla - Granada
Ruta del Sol 2019 Route stage 5: Otura - Alhaurín de la Torre
Ruta del Sol: Winners and records
Tour of Valencia 2019: Groenewegen wins last stage, Izagirre overall winner
UAE Tour 2019: Riders
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2019: The Route
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2019: Riders
Paris-Nice 2019: The Route
Paris-Nice 2019: Riders
Tirreno-Adriatico 2019: The Route
Volta a Catalunya 2019: The Route
E3 BinckBank Classic 2019: The Route
UAE Tour 2019: The Route
Tour of Flanders 2019: The Route
Tour of Flanders 2019: Riders
Paris - Roubaix 2019: The Route
Paris - Roubaix 2019: Riders
Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2019: The Route
Giro 2019: The Route
Giro 2019: Riders
Tour of California 2019: The Route
Visit the Tour de France
Tour de France 2019: The Route
Tour de France 2019 Route stage 1: Brussels - Brussels
Tour de France 2019: Riders
Vuelta 2019: The Route
Vuelta 2019: Riders
Cycling Calendar 2019
Tour of the Alps 2019: The Route
Race Results Service
Like our Facebook page and stay on top of all pro-race information!