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2018 Vuelta to begin in Malaga

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Nmes - Next year's Vuelta a Espana will start with a time trial in Malaga, race organisers announced on Saturday.

"The (2018) Vuelta will start August 25 in Malaga," race director Javier Guillen told reporters in the French city of Nimes.

The 2017 edition begins later Saturday in Nimes, just the third time the race has started outside of Spain. It set off from the Portuguese capital Lisbon in 1997 and from Assen in the Netherlands in 2009.

Security will be firmly in the spotlight following the terror attacks in Catalonia as the three-week race enters Spain on Tuesday with a stage finishing in Tarragona.

Tarragona is only 20 kilometres along the Mediterranean coast from Cambrils, where a car rammed into pedestrians, injuring six civilians and a police officer early on Friday morning. One of the civilians later died.

That incident came just hours after the attack in Barcelona, when a white van sped down the popular Las Ramblas avenue, packed full of tourists on Thursday afternoon, knocking people down and killing 13.

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