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Tourmalet and Angliru headline Vuelta a Espana 2020 route

Joe Robinson
18 Dec 2019

Eight uphill finish, Dutch start and no stages in the east or south for next year's Vuelta

Summit finishes on the Col du Tourmalet and Alto de l'Angliru headline a Vuelta a Espana 2020 route that, unusually, ignores southern and eastern Spain .

The route presentation that took place on Tuesday night in Madrid unveiled eight uphill finishes, one individual time-trial, one team time-trial and stages in France, Portugal and the Netherlands.

Unusually, however, the race will not feature any stages on the eastern coast of Spain nor in Andalusia in the south, two areas that are usually regular fixtures in the race.

The race starts in Utrecht on Friday 14th August 2020, with the Dutch city thus becoming the first destination to host the start of all three Grand Tours.

To begin, the race starts with a pan-flat 23.3km team time-trial in Utrecht before two further sprint days in the Netherlands.

Keeping with Vuelta tradition, the first summit finish will come early in the race, taking place on Stage 4 to the beloved Basque climb of Arrate. Two days later on Stage 6, the race will then tackle a new mountain finish at Laguna Negra de Vinuesa in the Navarre region.

Sticking with firsts, Stage 9 will then see the Vuelta debut the Col du Tourmalet as a summit finish. The popular Tour de France climb comes at the end of a 135km stage and should provide the first real shake-up in General Classification.

Another stage to mark in the diary will be Stage 15. It is only 109km long but it covers five categorised climbs and finishes on the Angliru, dubbed Spain's hardest climb due to its constantly steep gradient.

This marks the final of 'Alberto Contador weekend' in Asturias with Stage 14 finishing at Alto de la Farrapona, the climb in which he sealed his overall victory in 2014.

The only individual time-trial on Stage 16 from Muros to Ezaro will also present its own challenges with the 33.5km test finishing with a steep 2km climb to the Ezaro Dam.

After two stages in northern Portugal, the penultimate stage will also be the final summit finish with the race finishing on the Alto de la Covatilla, last used in the Vuelta in 2018.

The race will then end with a final processional stage in Madrid on Sunday 6th September.

Vuelta a Espana 2020 route:

Stage 1: Friday 14th August, Utrecht-Utrecht (TTT), 23.3km

Stage 2: Saturday 15th August, s’Hertogenbosch – Utrecht, 181.6km

Stage 3: Sunday 16th August, Breda – Breda, 193km

Rest day: Monday 17th August

Stage 4: Tuesday 18th August, Irún – Arrate, 169.5km

Stage 5: Wednesday, 19th August, Pamplona – Lekunberri, 151km

Stage 6: Thursday 20th August, Lodosa - La Laguna Negra de Vinuesa, 163.8km

Stage 7: Friday 21st August, Garray - Ejea de los Caballeros, 190km

Stage 8: Saturday 22nd August, Huesca – Sabiñanigo, 185.5km

Stage 9: Sunday 23rd August, Biescas - Col du Tourmalet, 135.6 km

Rest Day: Monday 24th August

 Stage 10: Tuesday 25th August, Vitoria - Villanueva de Valdegovia, 160.4km

Stage 11: Wednesday 26th August, Logroño - Alto de Moncalvillo, 164.5km

Stage 12: Thursday 27th August, Castrillo del Val - Aguilar del Campo, 163.6km

Stage 13: Friday 28th August, Castro Urdiales – Suances, 187.4km

Stage 14: Saturday 29th August, Villaviciosa - Alto de la Farrapona, 170.2km

Stage 15: Sunday 30th August, Pola de Laviana - Alto del Angliru, 109.2km

 Rest Day: Monday 31st August

Stage 16: Tuesday 1st September, Muros - Ezaro (ITT), 33.5km

Stage 17: Wednesday 2nd September, Lugo – Ourense, 205.8km

Stage 18: Thursday 3rd September, Mos – Porto, 178km

Stage 19: Friday 4th September, Viseu - Ciudad Rodrigo, 177.7km

Stage 20: Saturday 5th September, Sequeros - Alto de la Covatilla, 175.8km

Stage 21: Sunday 6th September, La Zarzuela – Madrid, 125.4km

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