Vuelta a Espana rejects Lappartient's suggestion of reduction in length

Javier Guillén in the Vuelta race director's car

Vuelta a España boss Javier Guillén has rejected an informal suggestion by UCI president David Lappartient that the length of both Spain’s Grand Tour and the Giro d’Italia could be reduced from 21 to 17 days. The idea of a shortened Giro d’Italia and Vuelta a España is not new, and has been brought up by Lappartient and other previous UCI presidents in the past before being dropping off the radar again. Lappartient mentioned the idea in an interview with Cyclingnews in November and returned to the theme in a recent interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa , where the new UCI boss once again put forward the possibility of the Giro and Vuelta running over three weekends rather than four. “A 17-day race could be interesting,” Lappartient told La Stampa . “But let’s discuss this, without forcing anybody to do anything. We’ll respect the wishes of the organisers.” The ...

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