Vuelta a España 2021 will be the first bike race ever to start inside a cathedral

Race organisers have claimed a cycling-first as they plan for next year's Spanish Grand Tour to roll out from inside Burgos Cathedral

Deceuninck - Quick-Step at the 2020 Vuelta a Burgos (PA)

(Image credit: Imago/PA Images)

While the 2020 season has thrown up a few firsts in the sport of cycling - spring Classics in October, a September Tour de France, just to name a couple - there is no sign of these sorts of oddities stopping as we hurtle towards 2021.

This is because next year's Vuelta a España will start inside a cathedral, with race organisers claiming this is a first for the sport of cycling.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.