It looks like causing traffic chaos tomorrow in Marbella, San Pedro and Puerto Banus, and has already been criticised for disrupting business on Marbella’s paseo. And today the organisers of the Vuelta de España, caused red faces all round when they declared that the opening time trial, starting in Puerto Banus tomorrow afternoon, will not count towards the final result as the route is in an unfit condition,
Unipublic, the organiser, finally yielded to pressure from other cyclists, including Tour de France winner, Chris Froome, who had criticised the safety of the route especially around the Rio Verde.
In some ways the problems were not unexpected, since the route designed by Unipublic through Marbella had various complications,
Unipublic did not consider that racing across a wooden bridge and a path laid over sand would be a problem, until riders including Froome tested the stage between Puerto Banus and Marbella Marina.
Their complaints had nothing to do with a bad condition of this section, but with the problems of crossing the sand at speed.
The decision was taken this morning at a meeting between Unipublic, with its director, Javier Guillen as well as riders, who has decided to cancel the times for the overall result. It has ruled out the option of changing the route based on traffic and the lack of time to make a new plan.