Vuelta a España eyes Team Sky's Canary Island training climb for 2017 finale

Tenerife and Gran Canaria are on the radar of of Vuelta a España organiser Unipublic for the final stages of the 2017 race

Teide (Photo: Daniel Gainza/CC3.0)

The Vuelta a España is eyeing the Canary Islands with a possible race finish coming as early as 2017 on the Tenerife island that team Sky uses for altitude training. The organiser Unipublic and local newspapers both indicated that talks are happening to make the dream a reality.

The Spanish grand tour has only ever finished outside Madrid and twice, 1994 and 2013, in Santiago de Compostela. If it were to happen, the race caravan would have to travel 1684 kilometres. The trip would take two hours by airplane or 43 hours by ferry.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.