A Lap against the virus

The Spanish round begins this Tuesday with a vibrant stage in Arrate and the goal of reaching Madrid without incident, the great challenge in the midst of the pandemic.


La Vuelta 2020 celebrates its 75th edition starting this Tuesday in one of the most atypical situations and dates in its history. The pandemic that has canceled so many races and punishes others such as the Giro d'Italia, is the great concern of the organization, which has prepared a real battle against the virus, although it has cost a strict sanitary protocol, to renounce all actions They wanted to bring the race closer to the public and even ask the fans to stay at home in this edition to watch it on television. The great objective on this occasion transcends sports: to arrive in Madrid on November 8 without major incidents.

On Monday, the results of the first 498 tests of the members of the competition bubble (the teams) yielded negative results for all cyclists, and two positive results among the Bahrain and Sunweb staff, immediately set aside so as not to contaminate the safety circle . "I do not know if we will make it to Madrid, I hope so, I am seeing stricter protocols than in the Tour. We trust that La Vuelta and our team will put all the measures," says Primoz Roglic, defender of the title, who together with Tom Dumoulin will lead the Jumbo, which has lined up a very high-level formation to try to win the race again. They lead a participation that, once again, is up to par, with Froome and Carapaz at Ineos, Movistar with his trident (Valverde, Mas and Soler), Pinot, Chaves ... 444 444

The idea is that the only protagonist is the show from day one, and there will be ground for it. The postponements of the departure from the Netherlands left one of the hardest first weeks in memory, with today's start in Arrate, where a priori the battle will be unleashed with the first red jersey at stake. The Navarra stage, which can be held despite the closure due to the virus, the discovery of the Black Lagoon and the Aragonese weekend with Tourmalet included make you want to be aware only of who sleeps in red on the first day of rest, and not in the examination that the PCRs will entail for the entire platoon.

The blame for the pandemic will also be that the weather may be another protagonist, after causing the change of dates to fall. "How strange to pack a suitcase for La Vuelta with coats, gloves ...", Esteban Chaves pointed out gracefully in the preview. Everything is atypical in this Vuelta in which all cyclists, more than ever, will have a common goal: for cycling to defeat the virus.

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