Valencia has seen the start of the VCV on 18 occasions and has hosted the finish line on 68 occasions, while only in 1996 and 1999 did no stage pass through the capital of the Turia. The Alameda and the Plaza del Ayuntamiento have been the places that have hosted the most finishes. This will be the first time that the VCV finishes in the Port of Valencia.
The city of Valencia has seen the birth of great cyclists. Such as Salvador Cardona, the first Spaniard to win a stage in the Tour de France and winner of the first VCV, both in 1929. More recently, the current president of the FCCV, Kike Gutiérrez, second in the Giro in 2006; and Ángel Casero, winner of the Vuelta a España in 2000 and fifth in the 1999 Tour.
The economy of the city of Valencia is linked to the service sector, which represents 84% of the total. However, the city maintains an important industrial base and its dynamism makes it a reference point for many economic activities. Tourism, of course, is another major economic driving force for Valencia.
Valencia has outstanding cultural institutions that are of growing importance in its development: the Palau de les Arts, the IVAM, the Palau de la Música and the City of Arts and Sciences provide undeniable added value to the city and its metropolitan area as a cultural and leisure centre.
Valencia is an international benchmark in the world of sport, both for its major professional clubs (Valencia CF and Valencia Basket, among others) and for the events it organises (Valencia Marathon, Davis Cup…) and the great love of sport that characterises its population.
Gastronomic València has little to envy from any major international capital. It is the origin of paella, a dish exported all over the world, and the land of top chefs. Also worth mentioning is the lunch (‘esmorçaret’ in Valencian) and its ‘communion’ with cycling.