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Vuelta a Espana 2020

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Vuelta a Espana 2020

David Gaudu wins stage 17 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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CIUDADRODRIGO SPAIN NOVEMBER 06 Arrival Sprint Dion Smith of New Zealand and Team Mitchelton Scott Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma Red Leader Jersey Magnus Cort Nielsen of Denmark and Team EF Pro Cycling Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa of Portugal and UAE Team Emirates Alejandro Valverde Belmonte of Spain and Movistar Team during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Stage 16 a 162km stage from Salamanca to Ciudad Rodrigo lavuelta LaVuelta20 La Vuelta on November 06 2020 in Ciudad Rodrigo Spain Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

Magnus Cort of EF Pro Cycling crosses the line for stage 16 win just ahead of Primoz Roglic (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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PUEBLA DE SANABRIA SPAIN NOVEMBER 05 Arrival Jasper Philipsen of Belgium and UAE Team Emirates Celebration during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Stage 15 a 2308km stage from Mos to Puebla de Sanabria 924m lavuelta LaVuelta20 La Vuelta on November 05 2020 in Puebla de Sanabria Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

Jacob Philipsen of UAE Team Emirates wins stage 15, the first Grand Tour stage for the 22-yeaar-old (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Stage winner Team Lotto rider Belgiums Tim Wellens sprints to cross the finish line of the 14th stage of the 2020 La Vuelta cycling tour of Spain a 2047km race from Lugo to Ourense on November 4 2020 Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA AFP Photo by MIGUEL RIOPAAFP via Getty Images

Tim Wellens of Lotto Soudal surges to line ahead of Michael Woods (EF Pro Cycling) to win stage 14 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) took back the red leader’s jersey once more after the stage 13 time trial at the 2020 Vuelta a Espana

Primoz Roglic won the stage 13 time trial and moved back into the overall lead (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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EF Pro Cyclings British rider Hugh Carthy celebrates on the podium after winning the 12th stage of the 2020 La Vuelta cycling tour of Spain a 1094km race from Pola de Laviana to Alto de lAngliru on November 1 2020 Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA AFP Photo by MIGUEL RIOPAAFP via Getty Images

Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) scored the arduous victory on stage 12 atop l'Angliru (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Team GroupamaFDJ rider Frances David Gaudu celebrates as he crosses the finishline of the 11th stage of the 2020 La Vuelta cycling tour of Spain a 170km race from Villaviciosa to Alto de La Farrapona on October 31 2020 Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA AFP Photo by MIGUEL RIOPAAFP via Getty Images

David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) won stage 11 on Alto de la Farrapona (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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Team Jumbos Slovenian rider Primoz Roglic celebrates as he crosses the finishline of the 10th stage of the 2020 La Vuelta cycling tour of Spain a 185km race from Castro Urdiales to Suances on October 30 2020 Photo by ANDER GILLENEA AFP Photo by ANDER GILLENEAAFP via Getty Images

Primoz Roglic vaulted back into GC lead with win on stage 10 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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AGUILAR DE CAMPOO SPAIN OCTOBER 29 Podium Pascal Ackermann of Germany and Team BORA Hansgrohe Celebration during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Stage 9 a 1577km stage from Cid Campeador Military Base Castrillo del Val to Aguilar de Campoo lavuelta LaVuelta20 on October 29 2020 in Aguilar de Campoo Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

Pascal Ackermann of Bora-Hansgrohe determined to be stage 9 winner, after Sam Bennett relegated (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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ALTODEMONCALVILLO SPAIN OCTOBER 28 Arrival Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma Green Points Jersey Celebration during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Stage 8 a 164km stage from Logroo to Alto de Moncalvillo 1490m lavuelta LaVuelta20 on October 28 2020 in Alto de Moncalvillo Spain Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

Primoz Roglic of Jumbo-Visma wins stage 8 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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VILLANUEVA DE VALDEGOVIA SPAIN OCTOBER 27 Podium Michael Woods of Canada and Team EF Pro Cycling Celebration Trophy during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Stage 7 a 1597km from VitoriaGasteiz to Villanueva de Valdegovia lavuelta LaVuelta20 La Vuelta on October 27 2020 in Villanueva de Valdegovia Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

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Team Astana rider Spains Ion Izagirre celebrates as he crosses the finishline of the 6th stage of the 2020 La Vuelta cycling tour of Spain a 1464 km race from Biescas to Formigal on October 25 2020 Photo by ANDER GILLENEA AFP Photo by ANDER GILLENEAAFP via Getty Images

Ion Izagirre of Astana Pro Team wins stage 6 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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SABIANIGO SPAIN OCTOBER 24 Podium Tim Wellens of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal Celebration Mask Covid safety measures Trophy during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Stage 5 a 1844km Huesca to Sabinigo 835m lavuelta LaVuelta20 La Vuelta on October 24 2020 in Sabinigo Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images

Tim Wellens broke out of a breakaway trio to win stage 5 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
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EJEADELOSCABALLEROS SPAIN OCTOBER 23 Arrival Sam Bennett of Ireland and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Celebration during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Stage 4 a 1917km stage from Garray Numancia to Ejea de los Caballeros lavuelta LaVuelta20 La Vuelta on October 23 2020 in Ejea de los Caballeros Spain Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quickstep) took the win on stage 4 of the Vuelta a Espana 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images)
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LEKUNBERRI SPAIN OCTOBER 21 Arrival Marc Soler Gimenez of Spain and Movistar Team Celebration 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 Justin SetterfieldGetty Images

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Primoz Roglic picks up where he left off, winning the opening stage as defending champion of the Vuelta a Espana

Primoz Roglic picks up where he left off, winning the opening stage as defending champion of the Vuelta a Espana (Image credit: Getty Images)
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Overall route map of 2020 Vuelta a Espana

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Vuelta Espana 2020 - 75th Edition - 8th stage Logrono - Alto de Moncalvillo 164 km - 28/10/2020 - Richard Carapaz (ECU - Ineos Grenadiers) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2020

Vuelta Espana 2020 - 75th Edition - 8th stage Logrono - Alto de Moncalvillo 164 km - 28/10/2020 - Richard Carapaz (ECU - Ineos Grenadiers) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2020 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vuelta Espana 2020 - 75th Edition - 8th stage Logrono - Alto de Moncalvillo 164 km - 28/10/2020 - Primoz Roglic (SLO - Team Jumbo - Visma) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2020

Vuelta Espana 2020 - 75th Edition - 8th stage Logrono - Alto de Moncalvillo 164 km - 28/10/2020 - Primoz Roglic (SLO - Team Jumbo - Visma) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2020 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

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Stage 18 recap

Stage 18 at the Vuelta a España brought an end to the final Grand Tour of the season with a photo-finish sprint between Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-QuickStep) on the streets of Madrid, with race officials awarding the stage win to Ackermann.

Apart from the action on the city circuits, the 139.6km race between Hipódromo de la Zarzuela and Madrid was largely a celebratory affair with Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) wrapping up the overall classification in the mountainous stage the day before. 

Jumbo-Visma and Roglič celebrated with a glasses of champagne after rolling off the start, while also riding side-by-side for photo opportunities. The opening kilometres also saw Roglič receiving congratulations from several other riders racing for rival teams.

The Slovenian officially sealed the title in Madrid, winning the overall race by 24 seconds over runner-up Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) and 1:15 ahead of Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling).

The new-look Vuelta a España was reduced to 18 stages for 2020, taking place from October 20 to November 8, all thanks to the massive rescheduling of the road racing calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Among the major names taking part in the race, from defending champion Primož Roglič (Jumbo Visma), Chris Froome (Ineos Grenadiers), Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), Tom Dumoulin (Jumbo Visma), and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama) all in the race for the overall title. 

The 2020 Vuelta a España also represents Chris Froome's final race at Ineos before he makes the switch to Israel Star-Up Nation in 2021.

Race Route

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Overall route map of 2020 Vuelta a Espana

The 2020 Vuelta a Espana overall map (Image credit: Unipublic)

In April, the Vuelta organisers cancelled the planned start in the Netherlands and rerouted the Spanish Grand Tour to the Basque Country, beginning with the Grand Depart from Irun to Arrate as stage 1 rather than the originally designed stage 4. The first day of racing now ends with a climb of the Alto de Arrate – a second-category ascent beginning in Eibar, which is 7.2km long with an average 6.2 per cent gradient.

In early summer, two stages in Portugal were removed from the route due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the course rerouted to stay in Spain. The 2020 Vuelta was due to visit Portugal for the first time since the race started there in 1997, with a third-week stage finish in Porto and a start the following day in the nearby town of Viseu. The finish of stage 16 in Porto will now be in Puebla de Sanabria and the start of stage 17 will now be in Salamanca.

Of the existing race days with changes, stage 15 will now be the longest stage at 230km in length. This winding route from Mos to Puebla de Sanabria offers up five third-category climbs. Speaking of climbing, this year’s Vuelta will serve up a total of 47 categorised climbs. 

The second week of the 2020 Vuelta is arguably the toughest, with a summit finish on the Alto de la Farrapona on stage 11, where Alberto Contador effectively sealed victory in the 2014 Vuelta ahead of Chris Froome, while the next day's stage 12 finishes on the fearsome Alto de l'Angliru, where Contador won his final race as a professional in 2017.

The Vuelta's third week begins with the race's lone individual time trial – a 33.7km test for stage 13 from Muros to Mirador de Ézaro following the rest day, which finishes with a two-kilometre haul up the 1.5km climb to the Ézaro dam, which reaches pitches up to 28 per cent. The battle for the red jersey will not be decided until the final weekend, where a summit finish at the Alto de la Covatilla provides the climax to the penultimate stage. The 2020 Vuelta concludes with a flat run into Madrid that should favour the sprinters.

Race favourites

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) was an emphatic winner of the 2019 Vuelta. The Slovenian seized the red jersey with a dominant display in the Pau time trial, before defending his advantage in the mountains and in the echelons of the final week. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) placed second, while Roglič’s fellow Slovenian Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) rounded out the podium after winning a hat-trick of mountain stages in what was his maiden Grand Tour.

This year Roglic returns to defend his crown. Valverde is joined by his Movistar teammate Enric Mas - who was second in 2018  - while there's also a strong contingent from Ineos Grenadiers, who arrive with both Chris Froome and Richard Carapaz.

Pogacar is missing from the race after winning the Tour de France in 2020 but there a number of other potential contenders on the start line with Wout Poels, Daniel Martin, Davide Formolo, Alexander Vlasov, and Michael Woods all taking part. 

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