Vuelta a Burgos cranks up COVID-19 safety precautions for its highest-profile edition

Ivan Sosa (Team Ineos) wins Vuelta a Burgos
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

In a week’s time, all being well, a 151-strong peloton will gather at the foot of the eight-century-old cathedral in Burgos for the start of the most prestigious and most significant edition of the Spanish stage race.

The Vuelta a Burgos will be the first UCI ProSeries stage race to be held anywhere in the world since the COVID-19 pandemic struck. The five-day race is widely considered the first major test for international professional road racing as the sports reckons with the conditions created by the so-called ‘new normality’.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.