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Alejandro Valverde ahead of stage 1 of the Vuelta a Burgos.

Alejandro Valverde ahead of stage 1 of the Vuelta a Burgos. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Urko Berrade (Kern Pharma).

Urko Berrade (Kern Pharma). (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Matteo Trentin (CCC) undergoes a temperature check before the start.

Matteo Trentin (CCC) undergoes a temperature check before the start. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Simon Yates on the signing-on podium.

Simon Yates on the signing-on podium. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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David de la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates).

David de la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates). (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Matteo Trentin (CCC Team).

Matteo Trentin (CCC Team). (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates).

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates). (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Nippo Delko One Provence at the start of the Vuelta a Burgos.

Nippo Delko One Provence at the start of the Vuelta a Burgos. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The Vuelta a Burgos lists its COVID-19 precautions.

The Vuelta a Burgos lists its COVID-19 precautions. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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World champion Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo).

World champion Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo). (Image credit: Getty Images)
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David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ)

David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ).

Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ). (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) gets a temperature check.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) gets a temperature check. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Eddie Dunbar before stage 1 of the Vuelta a Burgos.

Eddie Dunbar before stage 1 of the Vuelta a Burgos. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Arjen Livyns (Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles).

Arjen Livyns (Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles). (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Ludovic Robeet (Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles).

Ludovic Robeet (Bingoal-Wallonie Bruxelles). (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep)

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Simon Yates on the podium at the Vuelta a Burgos.

Simon Yates on the podium at the Vuelta a Burgos. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep).

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep). (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Francisco Galvan (Team Kern Pharma)

Francisco Galvan (Team Kern Pharma) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Mads Pedersen ahead of stage 1 of the Vuelta a Burgos.

Mads Pedersen ahead of stage 1 of the Vuelta a Burgos. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Richard Carapaz leads Team Ineos at the Vuelta a Burgos.

Richard Carapaz leads Team Ineos at the Vuelta a Burgos. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CCC Team at the Vuelta a Burgos.

CCC Team at the Vuelta a Burgos. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Remco Evenepoel before Burgos cathedral.

Remco Evenepoel before Burgos cathedral. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Mark Cavendish at the Vuelta a Burgos.

Mark Cavendish at the Vuelta a Burgos. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep).

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep). (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Jumbo-Visma at the Vuelta a Burgos.

Jumbo-Visma at the Vuelta a Burgos. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Max Walscheid (NTT)

Max Walscheid (NTT) (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Astana descend from the sign-on rostrum at the Vuelta a Burgos.

Astana descend from the sign-on rostrum at the Vuelta a Burgos. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Equipo Kern Pharma were the first team to sign on.

Equipo Kern Pharma were the first team to sign on. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Gazprom-Rusvelo report for duty.

Gazprom-Rusvelo report for duty. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Deceuninck-QuickStep's strong line-up for the Vuelta a Burgos.

Deceuninck-QuickStep's strong line-up for the Vuelta a Burgos. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Remco Evenepoel.

Remco Evenepoel. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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The Vuelta a Burgos peloton ahead of stage 1.

The Vuelta a Burgos peloton ahead of stage 1. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Bora-Hansgrohe.

Bora-Hansgrohe. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Mads Pedersen.

Mads Pedersen. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Israel Start-Up Nation lined up with five riders.

Israel Start-Up Nation lined up with five riders. (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Sam Bennett and his Deceuninck-QuickStep team at the Vuelta a Burgos.

Sam Bennett and his Deceuninck-QuickStep team at the Vuelta a Burgos. (Image credit: Getty Images)

The peloton gathered in the shadow of Burgos cathedral on Tuesday for a Vuelta a Burgos like no other, both for depth of the field and the extent of the precautions being taken due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The five-day event is traditionally a warm-up for the Vuelta a España. In 2020, the redrawn calendar means that the Vuelta a Burgos signals the beginning of the countdown to the Tour de France. More importantly, it is something of a test event for the feasibility of holding professional bike races at all during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The start area in the centre of Burgos was closed off to the public, while riders reported for duty wearing face masks and they underwent temperature checks before mounting the sign-on podium.

There was a further stark reminder of the challenges of resuming competition when Israel Start-Up Nation signed on with five riders rather than the full complement of seven. Itamar Einhorn was withdrawn on the eve of the race as a precautionary measure after one of the team’s riders not in Burgos tested positive for COVID-19.

The rest of the teams at the Vuelta a Burgos were able to start with a full roster, and a star-studded peloton that includes Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Mikel Landa (Bahrain McLaren), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) set out on stage 1, which concludes with a hilltop finish at Mirador del Castillo.

Scroll through the gallery of images from the start line of the Vuelta a Burgos above.