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Top ten: best bike rides in Spain

Published: 22 Aug 2014 18:02 GMT+02:00
Updated: 22 Aug 2014 16:02 GMT+02:00

The 69th edition of The Vuelta gets underway on Saturday in Jerez, with 198 cyclists present at the starting line.

The gruelling 21-stage race will feature eight mountain finishes and two individual time trials.

Click here to go straight to the gallery of Spain's best bike rides

Last year's Tour de France winner Chris Froome and Giro d'Italia champion Nairo Quintana are the favourites for victory while defending champion Chris Horner pulled out of the race on Friday for medical reasons.

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Many Spaniards, meanwhile, will be cheering on local favourite Alberto Contador with Saxo Bank-SunGard.

But there's no reason to leave the cycling to the professionals. In fact  now might just be the perfect time to follow these champions' example and try some of Spain’s best cycling routes.

From short family day-trips around Madrid to a two-week long circuit through the eight provinces of Andalucía, The Local has found something for everyone.

Check out: The Local's Top ten cycling routes in Spain

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