Vuelta a España set for French start in 2017

The southern city of Nimes will host the start of the 2017 Vuelta a España; only the third time the race has started outside of Spain

Nimes Arena, where bullfighting takes place (Photo: Wolfgang Staudt/CC2.0)

The Vuelta a España will start in France for the first time in 2017, race director Javier Guillen confirmed, with the southern city of Nimes chosen to host the Grand Depart.

In a press conference, Guillen confirmed that the race would start with a team time trial for the eighth consecutive year, though reportedly shorter than the 27.8km one teams took on this year.

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