La Vuelta 2020 to be 18 stages long and starts in the Basque Country
Apr 29 2020 11:54 pm CET

La Vuelta 2020 to be 18 stages long and starts in the Basque Country
La Vuelta 2020 to be 18 stages long and starts in the Basque Country
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The Vuelta a España 2020 will have 18 stages instead of the 21 days of racing that were expected for its 75th edition.

After announcing the cancellation of the three stages that were set to be in the Netherlands, the organisation of the Spanish grand tour has confirmed that the race will start with the stage Irun-Arrate -which was set to be the fourth day of racing of the 2020 edition of the race.

La Vuelta was set to start on the 14th of August and finish on the 6th of September but after the reshuffling that the calendar is going through due to the coronavirus pandemic, it had to be delayed. Although the dates for the race are still not certain, it is confirmed that the three first stages aren't going to be substituted.

The 75th edition of the Spanish race will be special not only because it will be in the autumn, but because it will only have 18 stages and will start in the Basque Country for the first time in almost 50 years. The organisation of the Vuelta has already told the UCI the decision of the 18 stages, so it can count with those days for the rescheduling of the calendar.

"Obviously when you design a race, you don't expect to be forced to do this kind of big changes, but we have to be sensible about the current situation and have to acknowledge that it is very difficult to substitute an official departure so far into the year and with all the institutional and logistic planification that this requires," said La Vuelta director, Javier Guillen.

The last time that the Spanish race started in the Basque Country was in 1979, with a team time trial in San Sebastian. "To count from the first day with the cycling passion of the Basque Country makes all this changes a lot more pleasant," added Guillen. "Anyhow, we only expect that this unseen sanitary crisis will be solved soon and everything can go back to normality, including the Vuelta.

"In 2021 we hope to return to the original format and duration of 21 stages and two rest days."