Vuelta a España: Aubisque-Tourmalet stage 6 re-routed due to French health measures

LEKUNBERRI SPAIN OCTOBER 21 Carlos Verona Quintanilla of Spain and Movistar Team Luis LeonSanchez Gil of Spain and Astana Pro Team Marc Soler Gimenez of Spain and Movistar Team Alejandro Valverde Belmonte of Spain and Movistar Team Enric Mas Nicolau of Spain and Movistar Team White Best Young Jersey Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio of Colombia and Team Mitchelton Scott Mikel Nieve Ituralde of Spain and Team Mitchelton Scott Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa of Portugal and UAE Team Emirates David Gaudu of France and Team Groupama FDJ Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma Red Leader Jersey Sepp Kuss of The United States and Team Jumbo Visma Polka Dot Mountain Jersey Richard Carapaz of Ecuador and Team INEOS Grenadiers Green Points Jersey Peloton Landscape during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Stage 2 a 1516km stage from Pamplona to Lekunberri lavuelta LaVuelta20 La Vuelta on October 21 2020 in Lekunberri Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
Movistar pace the peloton on stage 2 of the Vuelta a España (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The Vuelta a España will not scale the mighty Col du Tourmalet or Col d'Aubisque on Sunday's stage 6 after coronavirus restrictions have made the race’s planned foray into France impossible.

In similar circumstances to the Giro d’Italia, the Vuelta organisers have had to totally redesign what had been considered the queen stage of the 2020 edition.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.