The climb to the Balcony of Alicante in La Vuelta will not have an audience due to the risk of fire

The La Vuelta organization has made this decision together with the Generalitat and the Alicante Provincial Council due to the dryness in the ascent area.

The ascent to Picón Blanco, the high end of the seventh stage of La Vuelta, will not be able to have an audience as announced by the organization of the test in coordination with the Generalitat and the Alicante Provincial Council, to avoid the risk of fire due to the risk of fire that the area suffers from dryness and high temperatures.

El Balcón de Alicante is located in a Protected Landscape of the Serra del Maigmó and the Serra del Cit, which is part of the Natura 2000 Network and is one of the great novelties of the Spanish round. A climb with tough sections that had raised great expectations because it is in a region with a great cycling tradition and, in addition, it is one of the great tourist attractions in the interior of Alicante, with impressive views of the capital and the Mediterranean Sea.

AS was recognizing it together with former runner Ángel Casero, who warned that it was a very striking climb for fans, who instead will not be allowed access. The organization had already warned that the regulations will always be adapted to those of the local authorities.

Call to responsibility

At the moment, there are no more attendance restrictions, neither for security reasons nor for the pandemic, announced on the route, which after the 2020 edition, is seeing the presence of a large public during its route. What the organization has done is to ask for a call to responsibility for the fans and that health standards of social distance are respected as well as wear a mask if the race is witnessed. During the ascent to Picón Blanco, it was detected that there were fans who did not respect them, so responsibility is requested in order not to have to take tougher measures.

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