Stage 15 – Navalmoral de la Mata > El Barraco | 193.4 km | 29.08.2021 – Sunday
It will be a very long stage of this year’s La Vuelta a España with four mountain passes. These will include two climbs 1. categories that will test the peloton. The climbs of Mijares (1st category), 40km from the finish, and San Juan de Nava (3rd category), 5km from the finish, will likely cause selection in the group. A sprint is expected among the favourites who will have to overcome the climbs and the heat prevailing in Avila at this time of year.
Carnavalmoral. Under this picturesque name is the carnival of Navalmoral de la Mata, a town in Caceres with a population of just over 17,000. The carnival is one of the biggest events in the municipality and attracts hundreds of visitors from all over the region. This event, which has no fixed date, although it is always celebrated around Easter, has been held annually for over three centuries. In 1986 it was recognised as a Festival of Regional Tourist Importance. This is where the La Vuelta a España race will start for the first time in history.
It is impossible to understand the history of Spanish cycling without mentioning the small municipality of El Barraco in Ávila. The Victor Sastre Foundation explains how a town of just 2,000 inhabitants has contributed so much to the national sport. This foundation, based in El Barraco, has given us stars such as Carlos Sastre, Francisco Mancebo, Pablo Lastras and José María Jiménez, “El Chava”, who was born there. What will be all the more important for this venue is that, for the first time ever, the stage final of La Vuelta a España will be located there.