If you believe Spanish media reports, the Aumary Sports Organisation, ASO for short, which, in addition to the Tour de France, also organizes races such as Paris-Nice, Paris-Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, has the rights to the Vuelta a España from the previous owner Unipublic taken over.
The first rumors of a takeover were already circulating in 2008, when the UCI feared that the big races would be split off. At the time, the rumors turned out to be false. And this time there is still no official notification from the ASO or Unipublic.
Should the takeover come true, however, rumors about a possible purchase of the Giro d'Italia by the ASO would be fueled again. Such mind games were already circulating at the beginning of this year. In this case, the ASO would be the sole monopoly holder with regard to the three-week tours and Christian Prudhomme, CEO of the ASO, along with UCI President Brian Cookson, is probably the most influential person in road cycling.