New Tour de France dates 'makes panorama clearer' for Vuelta a España

SANTUARIO DEL ACEBO SPAIN SEPTEMBER 08 Robert Gesink of The Netherlands and Team JumboVisma Alejandro Valverde Belmonte of Spain and Movistar Team Nairo Quintana of Colombia and Movistar Team Green Points Jersey Dylan Teuns of Belgium and Team BahrainMerida Gianluca Brambilla of Italy and Team TrekSegafredo Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia and UAE Team Emirates White Best Young Rider Jersey Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark and Astana Pro Team David de la Cruz of Spain and Team Ineos Puerto del Acebo 980m Peloton Landscape Fans Public during the 74th Tour of Spain 2019 Stage 15 a 1544km stage from Tineo to Puerto del Acebo Santuario del Acebo 1200m LaVuelta19 lavuelta on September 08 2019 in Santuario del Acebo Spain Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
The 2019 Vuelta a Espana on the Puerto del Acebo. (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Vuelta a España director Javier Guillén has said that the Grand Tour's change of dates from August to November following the radical restructuring of the calendar now opens up a period of negotiation with other races about how this will affect the rest of the season.

Far from being critical of the switch of dates, Guillén also said it would have been illogical for the Vuelta to continue in the same slot as previously, which would have seen it clash with the Tour de France's revised calendar in late August by nearly ten days. On Wednesday, ASO and the UCI announced that the 2020 Tour has been rescheduled for August 29-September 20.

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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.