On the day of its 85th anniversary, La Vuelta cancels start in the Netherlands for 2020
Apr 29 2020 10:20 pm CET

On the day of its 85th anniversary, La Vuelta cancels start in the Netherlands for 2020
On the day of its 85th anniversary, La Vuelta cancels start in the Netherlands for 2020
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The organisation of the Vuelta a España has confirmed that the 2020 edition of the race won't be taking place in the Netherlands as it was planned before the Covid-19 pandemic.

For weeks, rumours have been circulating about the big start of La Vuelta in the Netherlands, particularly considering that the race will likely be in October or November, months that are not suitable in relation to the weather conditions in the Netherlands. The organisation of the Spanish grand tour has now confirmed that the start of the Netherlands will be moved to 2022.

The reshuffling of the cycling calendar due to the coronavirus crisis has forced to change the departing place for the Vuelta in 2020. "It is clear that there is great disappointment in Utrecht, Breda, ’s-Hertogenbosch and the provinces of Utrecht and Noord-Brabant," said La Vuelta Holanda Director, Martijn van Hulsteijn. "We were ready to organize a fantastic event in the weekend of the 14th, 15th and 16th of August. Since we heard of the change in the UCI calendar, we have discussed with all parties to find out if the start in the autumn would be possible, but it turned out to be too difficult of an assignment.

"Moving three stages, on three days, through 34 municipalities with start and finish places in various places turned out to be a bridge too far. For example, we did not have all the needed infrastructures at our disposal. In addition, a lot of road works were carried out around the 34 participating municipalities in the autumn. The impact would be too great. Even if you leave the desirability and uncertainty in Corona time out of the discussion."

"The change to the calendar resulted in a modification of the original program. We discussed this with our Dutch partners, with whom we have worked in absolute harmony and in complete collaboration. We realised that it would be impossible to carry out this project under these new constraints", added the General Director of the race, Javier Guillén.

"It is a complicated decision, one you never want to make, but which we have found ourselves compelled to do due to the complex circumstances we are currently living, which surpass any foreseeable expectation."

Now the race and the organisation of the stages in the Netherlands are looking for options to do the project in the near future, which would be in 2022 considering that the departure in 2021 will be in Burgos for the celebration of the 900th anniversary of the city. "We have seen so much enthusiasm and a very high degree of involvement," added Guillen.

"It is a pleasure to work like this. The very least we can do is to begin exploring the possibility of departing from the Netherlands in the near future, and we trust that we will be able to do so as soon as possible."

This announcement was done on the day in which the race celebrates its 85th anniversary. Fabio Aru, Miguel Angel Lopez, Primoz Roglic, Luis Ángel Maté, Sean Kelly, Eddy Merckx and Joop Zoetemek recorded a video wishing a happy birthday to the race that held its first stage ever on the 29th of April 1935.

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