2011 Vuelta a España
First held in 1935 and annually since 1955, the Vuelta runs for three weeks in a changing route across Spain. The inaugural event (1935) saw 50 entrants face a 3,411 km (2,119 mi.) course over only 14 stages, averaging over 240 km (149 mi.) per stage. It was inspired by the success of the Tours in France and Italy, and the boost they brought to the circulations of their sponsoring newspapers (L'Auto and La Gazzetta dello Sport respectively); Juan Pujol of the daily Informaciones instigated the race to increase its circulation.
The 2011 Vuelta a España will be held from August 20 to September 11. The race will begin in Benidorm and ends, as is traditional, in Madrid. The 2011 Vuelta will be the 66th edition of the race.