A few weeks ago, the race route of the Tour of Spain 2016, the Vuelta a España 2016, has been officially presented in Santiago de Compostela.
The 71st edition of the Vuelta a España, which will start on 20 August 2016 from the province of Ourense will have a total of 3,277 kilometers across 16 Spanish provinces, but also in the French Pyrenees, with a finish on top of the Col de l'Aubisque!
No less than 12 high mountain stages will be surrounded by 7 flat stages and 2 time trial stages in a race which, as usual, mainly concentrates on the northern part of Spain.
The Tour of Spain 2016 race route in detail
1/ Saturday 20 August 2016 - Ourense termal. Balneario de Laias > Parque Náutico Castrelo de Miño - team time trial - 29.4 km
Last Friday 15 January 2016 the Team Direct Energie was presented to the press. The team with its new sponsor will continue where Team Europcar stopped and according to Jean-René Bernaudeau (manager of the team) the main goal of the professional team of the "Vendée Cyclisme" structure remains to have fun.
Presentation of the new jersey, the riders of the team - from Thomas Voeckler to the comeback of Sylvain Chavanel, via the new young recruits of the Vendée U team - and the staff, let's have a look at how Team Direct Energie presents itself for 2016!
The new sponsor: Direct Energie
We already knew since October 2014 that Europcar would stop its sponsoring of the team with the same name at the end of 2015. We thus knew that, after having found Europcar as a last minute new sponsor after Bouygues Télécom left the team, Jean-René Bernaudeau again had to find a new sponsor in a bit less than one year, in order to have its file ready for the 2016 registration.
As usual at the end of the year, the licence commission of the International Cycling Union (UCI) gave its verdict a few weeks ago, thus awarding the UCI WorldTeam level to 18 teams, but also awarding the Pro Continental status for the teams of the second division and the Continental status for the teams of the third division.
In this article you'll mainly find the list of UCI WorldTeams but also some information about the two other divisions!
The UCI WorldTeams get a licence for one or more years and these licences are awarded based on sports, financial, ethical and administrative criteria which are evaluated every year, even if a team still has a vali ...