Tour of Spain 2020: stages, profiles and route

The Vuelta will put an end to the atypical 2020 season. This year it will have 18 stages after canceling the three in the Netherlands due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tour-of-Spain-2020:-stages-profiles-and-route
The Vuelta a España will round off an atypical 2020 season in which the Tour was held in September, the Giro in October ... and in which the Spanish round will end in November. Despite reducing its initial route in three stages due to not being able to compete in the initial days in the Netherlands, the Vuelta maintains a large part of its initially planned route and on which great figures of the peloton such as Primoz Roglic, Chris Froome or Alejandro Valverde will compete, among others

Stage 1: Irún - Arrate-Eibar (173 km.), Tuesday, October 20

The Vuelta a España 2020 will start with a route that is very reminiscent of the demanding stages of the Vuelta al País Vasco, full of short but tough ports. In this first stage the cyclists will ascend in the second half of the stage the ports of Udana (3rd), Kanpazar (3rd) and Elgeta (3rd), before the final climb to Arrate, first category, which will wear the first red jersey of the Return.

Stage 2: Pamplona - Lekumberri (151.6 km.), Wednesday October 21

New half-mountain day with a final section that could make a difference. The climbs to Guirguillano (3rd) and Puerto de Urbasa (3rd) could facilitate escapes before the final climb to San Miguel de Aralar, first class, which will crown 17 kilometers from the finish line and from where the runners will face a rapid descent to Lekunberri.

Stage 3: Lodosa - La Laguna Negra-Vinuesa (166.1 km.) Thursday, October 22

New arrival high on the third day of the Vuelta. In a day that will not give rest, the first brave could look for the escape towards Alto de Oncala (3rd) before rolling through a foul terrain that will take them to Vinuesa, where they will begin the final climb to Laguna Negra, a first-class port that It will be released on the Vuelta route.

Stage 4: Garray. Numancia - Ejea de los Caballeros (191.7 km.), Friday October 23

Ideal stage for sprinters since, despite the rough areas at the beginning, the rest of the day is mostly favorable terrain or with few ramps. The teams in the general standings cannot be misled by the formation of possible fans that could break the peloton before arrival.

Stage 5: Huesca - Sabiñánigo (184.4 km.), Saturday, October 24

Demanding half-mountain day before arriving in the Pyrenees in an ideal stage for ambushes, especially in the second part of the route. The climbs to Alto de Vio (2nd), Alto de Fanlo (3rd) and Alto de Petralba (2nd), the latter 18 kilometers from the finish line, could break the race before reaching Sabiñánigo.

Stage 6: Biescas - Col du Tourmalet (136.6 km.), Sunday October 25

First great mountain day in the Vuelta a España with the climb of three colossi of the Pyrenees and with hardly any flat kilometers. The first category climb to Alto de Portalet will take the peloton into France, where they will ascend the dreaded Col de l'Aubisque, Special category, and after their descent down the Soulor slope, they will head for the final climb at least the feared Col de Tourmalet, one of the great colossi of the Tour that this year will be present at the Vuelta a España.

Stage 7: Vitoria-Gasteiz - Villanueva de Valdegovia (159.7 km.), Tuesday, October 27

After the rest day in Vitoria, the cyclists will face a half-mountain day ideal for escapes that includes a double pass through the Port of Orduña, first class with ramps of up to 14%. The last ascent, located 19 kilometers from the finish line, could encourage some of the favorites of the general classification in search of time for their rivals.

Stage 8: Logroño - Alto de Moncalvillo (164 km.), Wednesday, October 28

New mountain day, this time in La Rioja. The peloton will roll on rough terrain for much of the day before the day gets harder as it passes through Puerto de la Rasa (2nd category). After a long descent, the runners will have some respite before starting the final climb to Alto de Moncalvillo, first class with three final kilometers at 13-14%, which is another of the unprecedented peaks of the 2020 Vuelta.Stage 9: BM Cid Campeador. Castrillo del Val - Aguilar de Campoo (157.7 km.) Thursday, October 29

Practically flat day through the fields of Castilla in what is the second great occasion of triumph for the sprinters in this Vuelta a España 2020 in the final circuit that runners must face in Aguilar de Campoo.

Stage 10: Flat - 185 km (Friday October 30)

On paper it might seem like an ideal day for sprinters, but nothing could be further from the truth. The route only offers a mountainous difficulty, far from the finish line: Alto de San Cipriano (3rd category). The triumph will be disputed by sprinting, but on a small slope of less than 2 km that has an average of 5%, ideal for explosive runners and with good speed.Stage 11: Mountain - 170 km (Saturday, October 31)

The general classification of the 2020 Vuelta will begin to be decided at this stage. A day in which the favorites cannot fail if they want to keep their aspirations for victory in the race intact. It is a high mountain journey made up of five passes (one of the 3rd and four of the 1st category) and a high end, the now classic ascent to La Farrapona. Only the best climbers will be in a position to conquer its summit after exceeding the 18 km that compose it, with ramps of up to 13% unevenness.

Stage 12: Mountain - 109 (Sunday, November 1)

Without respite after the very hard effort of the previous day, another high mountain stage arrives, although of short length. Of course, the ports follow one after another and there will hardly be any rest: two of the 3rd, one of the 1st and the highlight of the Special Category. That honor goes to the mythical Angliru, who will destroy the group of favorites into a thousand pieces in its 12 km and ramps that exceed 20%. Without a doubt, one of the judges of this Vuelta.

Stage 13: Individual time trial - 33.7 km (Tuesday, November 3)

Individual time trial very favorable to the great specialists of the modality compared to pure climbers. With a profile practically identical to the one that presented the final time of the last Tour de France. Almost 32 km flat with a final climb to the Mirador de Ézaro (1.5 km) that can motivate a change of bicycle to face its hard ramps with greater comfort.

Stage 14: Mid-mountain - 204.7 km (Wednesday, November 4)

Transitional day for the first swords in the general classification, with a suitable terrain for a getaway to bear fruit and reach the finish line. One of the longest stages of this edition, over 200 kilometers with a leg-breaking profile and three short and explosive ports of the 3rd category. Offensive runners with good performance in mid-mountains will be very favorite.

Stage 15: Mid-mountain - 230.8 km (Thursday, November 5)

We are facing the longest stage of this Vuelta: 230.8 km starting in Mos and finishing in Puebla de Sanabria. Very rough terrain that will offer little respite with up to five 3rd grade ports. The last of them, Padornelo, can decide the winner of the stage, since whoever wins alone will have favorable ground ahead to maintain their advantage. A descent and a little less than 10 flat km to the finish line.

Stage 16: Mid-mountain - 162 km (Friday, November 6)

The final and decisive section of the race arrives with the penultimate opportunity to make differences in the general classification with a mid-mountain stage. El Portillo, the 2nd pass, will leave the group of favorites very small due to its length (almost 14 km) and the wear and tear that all of them have already accumulated on their legs. The last attacks will arrive in El Robledo (1st), a port with the most demanding ramps, although at 35 km from the finish it seems far away for great feats.

Stage 17: Mountain - 178.2 km (Saturday, November 7)

The winner of the Vuelta is decided on this last high mountain stage. In total, six ports (three of 3rd, one of 2nd, one of 1st and one Special) that will punish the legs of the runners from kilometer 40 of the stage. The final judge will be La Covatilla, with ramps that reach up to 16% during its 12 kilometers of very hard ascent.

Stage 18: Llana - 124.2 km (Sunday, November 8)

Traditional arrival in the capital of Spain for a triumphal ride for runners. The stage will start from the La Zarzuela Racecourse and will cross eight towns in the Community before arriving in Madrid, the triumph of which will be resolved by sprinting on the city's classic circuit.



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