Vuelta a España director dismisses Italian rumours: We don't consider a race of less than 21 stages
Apr 03 2020 01:08 am CET

Vuelta a España director dismisses Italian rumours: We don't consider a race of less than 21 stages
Vuelta a España director dismisses Italian rumours: We don't consider a race of less than 21 stages
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The Director of the Vuelta a España Javier Guillén has stated that the Spanish race won't have less than 21 stages after rumours of a shorter one circulated in Italian media.

Rumours and statements coming from Italy have had the Vuelta a España as target in the last days. Some days ago, Renato Di Rocco -president of the Italian Cycling Federation- said that the Spanish grand tour should be completely removed from the 2020 calendar to make space for the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France.

This statement was followed by rumours published by la Gazzetta dello Sport pointing at a shorter Vuelta a España to allow the Giro to happen with all its stages. But in Spain, the director of the race doesn't pay any attention to all these statements and insists that it will happen with its 21 stages.

"Today I can tell that the dates of the Vuelta are what they originally were, and we have not considered in any case a race with less than 21 stages, which is how it is programmed," said Guillén to Spanish newspaper AS .

"All the statements are just rumours that start in Italy and none of them follows a realistic scenario that could be considered at this moment."

But Guillén reaffirms his position of supporting a priority to the Tour de France, which he claims would help the world of cycling. "Now we are all focused on supporting the Tpur de France 2020 because it is an absolute necessary event for our sport," explained the director of La Vuelta.

"We are aware of the complexity of the reorganization of the calendar to give a place to a great number of races that have been affected by the exceptional situation we are going through. We know the difficulties of trying to put races that already have assigned dates -like La Vuelta- with those that need new dates, that's why if the calendar would need to move the dates we would have to be generous."

The Vuelta a España is set to start on August 14 in the Netherlands and to finish on the sixth of September in Madrid, Spain.
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