Vuelta a España
The Vuelta a España (English: Tour of Spain) is a famous cycling race, held annually in Spain during the month of August. The Vuelta a España, Tour de France, and Giro d'Italia are referred to as the Grand Tours of professional cycling. The course of the race changes from year to year, recently passing through neighboring countries, but finishes in Madrid. The Vuelta a España was first run in 1935.
The Vuelta a España is a stage race; that is, it consists of a series of one-day races over different routes, with the overall winner determined by the combined time from all events, with bonus and penalty times removed and added. The mountainous stages are where the larger time gaps are made.
Riders who compete in the Vuelta a España are members of corporate-sponsored teams, these riders work together to help the team leader or other team members to increase their standing.
Riders in the Vuelta a España compete in several different competitions; the leader of each competition is awarded a jersey at the end of each stage race. The Red Jersey is awarded to the overall race leader.
Spanish Roberto Heras is the winner of the most editions (4) in the history of the race.