Vuelta a Espana 2020: A very different race - Preview

Chris Froome returns to the Vuelta
Chris Froome returns to the Vuelta this year (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

A very different 2020 Vuelta a España kicks off next Tuesday amid deep concerns over the soaring numbers of COVID-19 cases in Spain and across Europe, with a shortened 18-day format, and - perhaps the only really familiar element - a route that will likely see an out-and-out climber atop of the final podium.

Since the Slovenian national road race in mid-June, the first event to be held in post-lockdown Europe, the current pandemic and measures against it have inevitably formed part of the furniture of every bike race. But the fast-rising second wave of infections of COVID-19 across Europe, coupled with recent events in the Giro d’Italia, will further heighten the focus on this question in the last Grand Tour to be held in the rescheduled 2020 season.

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