Monaco will host the ‘Grand Departure’ of La Vuelta 26. This decision was made official during an event held in the Yacht Club of Monaco, with an agreement signed between Minister of State Pierre Dartout, Yann Le Moenner, CEO of Amaury Sport Organisation and Javier Guillén, General Director of La Vuelta, in the presence of HSH Prince Albert.

The organisers of the Spanish cycling race announced that Monaco will host the official start in 2026, joining the likes of Assen, Nîmes and Utrecht in becoming a starting point of the race outside of Spain.

This year’s Vuelta will start in Lisbon and end in Madrid. Fast forward to 2026, and the cycling race will be entering its 81st edition. Monaco was already the starting point of the Tour de France in 2009, and will also serve as the starting point of the final stage, a time trial to Nice on July 21.

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