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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 10 recap

David Gaudu (Groupama-FDJ) celebrated his first Grand Tour stage victory atop the Alto de la Farrapona with a whoop, a victory salute and a heart-hands gesture after escaping with Marc Soler (Movistar) on the category 1 finishing climb and then out-sprinting the Spaniard to the top.

Soler hung his head but could be consoled with moving from 10th overall in the standings to sixth just behind teammate and best young rider Enric Mas after going in a long-ranging attack first to join the day's escape and then going clear in the final 5km.

In the overall standings, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) finished next to Richard Carapaz (Ineos) as the two remain locked on the same time in the GC after 11 stages of racing.

Roglic is in the red jersey thanks to the tie-breaker of best overall stage finishes but reclaimed the race lead from Carapaz under controversial circumstances on stage 10 after the race officials altered the rules for gaps between groups after the finish.

Initially deemed a sprinter's stage where a gap would be given one second in the GC, the jury opted to use the formula for a mountain finish where a gap opened was equivalent to three seconds. The move led to a protest at the start from Ineos but the race jury was unconvinced.

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

There are host of major names set to take part in the race, from defending champion Primoz Roglic (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 Espana 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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