Vuelta a España 2020 start in Netherlands cancelled

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The opening stages of the 2020 Vuelta a España in the Netherlands have been cancelled, with organisers citing the "exceptional worldwide situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic."

Before the effects of the pandemic began to take hold in Europe, the 2020 Vuelta was due to have had three stages in the Netherlands, starting in Utrecht on Friday August 14 before riders flew south to the Basque Country on the Monday for the remainder of the three-week Grand Tour in Spain and Portugal.

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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.