The province of Ourense will host the CERATIZIT Challenge by La Vuelta 21

March 9 th 2021 - 17:00

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Manuel Baltar, President of the Provincial Council of Ourense, has confirmed to Javier Guillén, General Director of Unipublic, the thermal province’s commitment to collaborating with the celebration of the CERATIZIT Challenge by La Vuelta 21, due to be held in September.

Ourense will once again be the protagonist of a world-renowned cycling race. This time, it will do so by hosting the CERATIZIT Challenge by La Vuelta 21, a highlight of the women’s WorldTour cycling calendar that will take place in September and pass through several localities within the province.

The Provincial Council’s President, Manuel Baltar, has confirmed to the General Director of Unipublic, Javier Guillén, the Council’s commitment to collaborating with the celebration of this race: “the Ourense-Sport binomial gains the highest prominence by hosting the CERATIZIT Challenge by La Vuelta”, said Baltar, emphasising the importance of a race of these characteristics “in terms of economic returns and tourist promotion for our province, especially at a time when recovering from the COVID-19 crisis must be our utmost priority”.


During their meeting, Manuel Baltar and Javier Guillén analysed details of the event, the first women’s cycling race organised by Unipublic that will be celebrating its 7th edition this year.

During its first three editions, the Madrid Challenge (its original name) consisted of a single day, coinciding with the celebration of La Vuelta’s (male) final stage. 2018 was a year of growth and development for the race. For the first time, its route went beyond the main streets of Madrid’s capital, with a time trial held in Boadilla del Monte.

In 2020, the race jumped to three stages and celebrated its official departure and one of its stages outside the Autonomous Community of Madrid, in the Province of Toledo. 87 female riders from 20 nationalities and 15 different teams competed for the leader’s jersey ‘La Roja’, which ended up going to German rider Lisa Brennauer (WNT) for the second consecutive year.

In 2021, the CERATIZIT Challenge by La Vuelta takes yet another step in its ever-evolving trajectory. As explained by Javier Guillén, General Director of Unipublic: “This agreement is the result of two commitments. On the one hand, Unipublic’s commitment to continue to make its women’s race grow, expanding to different territories. And on the other hand, by the Province of Ourense’s commitment to sports and, more specifically, to women’s sports. It is a collaboration with nothing but positives all round".

The route of the 7th edition of the CERATIZIT Challenge by La Vuelta, which is yet to be revealed, will feature the exceptional landscapes of the Province of Ourense, a cycling paradise that, this year, opens its doors to the women’s peloton.

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