Vuelta a Espana to hold women's race on final day in 2015

Organisers of the Vuelta are set to hold a women's race on the final day of the grand tour in Madrid, similar to La Course by the Tour de France

Madrid, Vuelta a Espana 2013, stage 21

For the first time in its 80 year history, the Vuelta a Espana will hold a women's race on the day of the final stage of the men's race which finishes in Madrid.

According to Spanish sports newspaper Marca, organisers of the Vuelta, Unipublic, are already in talks with the UCI over classifying it as top category one-day race in the elite women's calendar, so they can potentially recruit the best riders in the world to the race.

Vuelta director Javier Guillen confirmed to Cycling News that the race was due to go ahead next year.

“We’re working on the details and currently putting it all together,” he said,“it would be on the last day, in Madrid.”

The circuit race, which is yet to have details fully finalised, will operate in a similar vain to the La Course race, which was held on the Champs-Elysees on the final day of the Tour de France for the first time this year.

Tour de France director, Christian Prudhomme, confirmed in an interview with Cycling News earlier this week that ASO would be holding La Course once again in 2015, but ruled out the possibility of holding a women's Tour de France alongside the men's.

"We're organising La Course once again in Paris," he said, "but we can’t organise another Tour de France at the same time.

"The infrastructure required by the Tour de France is enormous and we wouldn’t be able to organise another race at the same time."

Prudhomme also hinted at the time about holding a similar race in the Vuelta, saying that they certainly had "other plans for women's cycling."

"Why not replicate events like La Course at other races?" he said.

"Maybe even the Vuelta? That’s the kind of formula we’re likely to develop."

The Amgen Tour of California was another race this week that confirmed it would be hosting an improved women's race, introducing a three-day race to run alongside the men's in 2015.

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