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The first leg of this renowned, well-established educational project, held every year parallel to the Spanish tour, will take place on the 14th of August, 2021 with the city of Burgos as its protagonist. The city will host the Official Departure of the 76th edition of La Vuelta, coinciding with the 8th centenary of its cathedral.

Cofidis leads the project of La Vuelta Junior Cofidis as a main sponsor of La Vuelta. This initiative involves over 25,000 boys and girls each year from all over Spain, aged between 8 and 12. It is both an educational and a sports project whose main objective is to encourage healthy eating habits, sports practice and road safety among young children. Also collaborating in the project are the Professional Cyclists Association (ACP), the Sports Council’s Young Sports Foundation, Unipublic (organiser of La Vuelta), the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ Directorate General of Traffic (DGT) and the Alberto Contador Foundation.

Through the cycling workshops, children learn about and put into practice values such as respect, effort and teamwork. After this initial theoretical phase, over 1500 boys and girls are selected to participate in one of the 10 La Vuelta Junior Cofidis stages. In each leg, participants complete the final kilometre of flat La Vuelta stages, experiencing for one day one of the greatest dreams of any professional cyclists.

The program’s previous edition featured the incorporation of the Alberto Contador Foundation to the group of companies that promote this project, as well as the launch of the road safety campaign, led by Luis Ángel Maté (Cofidis team cyclist) and the Directorate General of Traffic (DGT).