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Tour de France owners ASO take full control of Vuelta

French company ups stake in Spain's Unipublic from 49 per cent to 100 per cent...

Tour de France owners Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO) have taken full control of Unipublic, the Spanish company that owns the Vuelta a España.

ASO had owned 49 per cent of Unipublic since 2008, buying that stake from Antena 3 Television, last year renamed Atresmedia Corporación.

According to reports in the Spanish press last week, Atresmedia’s accounts for 2013 revealed that it had sold its 51 per cent stake to ASO. That news has now been confirmed by Unipublic’s managing director, Javier Guillén.

Quoted on the website Ciclismo a Fondo, he said that ASO taking full control of Unipublic was in line with a “road map” that had been drawn up at the time it acquired its original shareholding in 2008.

He added that ASO was committed to preserving the Vuelta’s Spanish character.

Last month both ASO and Giro d’Italia owners RCS Media Sport dismissed speculation that the French company was in talks to buy the Italian business’s cycling properties, which also include Milan-San Remo, Tirreno Adriatico and il Lombardia.

Besides the Tour de France, ASO itself also owns races including Paris-Nice, the Critérium du Dauphiné, Paris-Roubaix, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Flèche Wallonne, and Paris-Tours.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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