Vuelta a España director downplays 2020 Tour de France route's debt to Spanish race

Tour de France 2020
Tour de France 2020 presentation (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The Tour de France’s radically different-looking format for 2020 is in no way indebted to the Vuelta a España’s predilection for similar kinds of routes, says Vuelta boss Javier Guillén.

When the 2020 Tour route was unveiled in Paris on Tuesday, the unprecedentedly tough first week, with mountains as early as stage 2 and 4, was highly reminiscent of recent editions of the Vuelta. This year’s race, for instance, had four summit finishes in the first nine days, beginning with stage 5 at Javalambre.

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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.