The Tourmalet and Ézaro will shine in a Tour that looks north

The Vuelta 2020 will not descend from Madrid on a route where details such as the presence of the Pyrenean colossus or the hard ramps of the Galician wall have been revealed.


Tour 2020 will look north. The 75th edition, which will be held from August 14 to September 6, will officially unveil its tour on December 17 in Madrid, but little by little details are known. His Dutch exit was already presented, with three stages in the provinces of Utrecht and North Brabant (one team chrono, another level and the third, with walls). But upon arrival in Spanish territory, after a transfer day, the race will take place entirely in the north of the peninsula, with the arrival in Madrid being its southernmost point.

According to it has been published in local media, this edition will not go to Andorra and yes to France to live an unprecedented end in the Tour ... but at the same time a cycling classic: the Tourmalet. The Pyrenean colossus will be one of the keys of a route that will have a total of eight high endings. Another, proposed by the local authorities to the organization, will be the ascent to the Mirador de Ézaro (just two kilometers and 30% ramps), in Dumbría (A Coruña), which will be present again in the race, but in an original way : as the end of a strategic individual time trial that will equalize forces between riders and climbers. That and the initial team time trial are the only fights against the clock that have transcended.

Therefore, the mountain will once again be the protagonist and, in addition, from the first week, since the first contact with the peninsula will be made in the Basque Country, on Irún on the way to Arrate, which points to the first high goal. He returns to the race after his presence in 2012. For now, Moncalvillo (La Rioja) and Laguna Negra (Soria) are next to the Tourmalet the unpublished mountain finals that are known.

Not only mountain

Navarra (from Pamplona to Lekunberri), Aragón (Ejea de los Caballeros, a day in the Pyrenees and a way out of the Tourmalet), Cantabria (Castro Urdiales-Suanzes), Castilla y León, Galicia and the not yet confirmed but foreseeable presence in Asturias, land conducive to the mountain, will be on a track in which it is expected that not only the large ascents guarantee spectacle. A conclusion of the last edition, with days like those that ended in Guadalajara and Toledo, is that speed, winding profiles or wind also leave epic stages.

What does not seem to vary a lot is the tendency to run away from long kilometers and try to move the journeys below 200 km (this year only one passed that border). Also to have an end of mountain party on the penultimate day. Nuances of a formula that defines the Spanish round and that, after checking the similarities with the route of the next Tour de France already presented, also seems to be inspiring.

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