Vuelta a España boss says mobile COVID-19 tests 'made the 2020 race possible'

MADRID SPAIN NOVEMBER 08 Podium Richard Carapaz of Ecuador and Team INEOS Grenadiers Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma Red Leader Jersey Hugh Carthy of The United Kingdom and Team EF Pro Cycling Celebration Trophy Mask Covid safety measures Madrid Town Hall Plaza Cibeles Madrid City during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Stage 18 a 1396km stage from Hipdromo de la Zarzuela to Madrid lavuelta LaVuelta20 La Vuelta on November 08 2020 in Madrid Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
2020 Vuelta a España podium - Richard Carapaz of Ineos Grenadiers, champion Primoz Roglic of Jumbo-Visma, Hugh Carthy of Team EF Pro Cycling (Image credit: David Ramos/Getty Images)

A lone mobile test laboratory was critical to ensuring cycling's third Grand Tour could go ahead, race director Javier Guillén claimed on Tuesday.

The lab was parked discretely near the Vuelta a España stage starts and finishes for three weeks this autumn and capable of churning out up to 1,000 PCR results daily. Guillén said that "although we never reached that maximum," the test lab "gave us a massive ability to react and tie down any potential suspicion.

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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.