The shortened 2020 Vuelta a España starts on October 20 and ends on November 8, with the 75th edition of the race beginning in Irun and finishing in the capital city of Madrid.
Riders will tackle 18 stages as the Grand Tour is shortened so it can fit in the new, rejigged, calendar which means the grand depart in Utrecht will be happening at another point.
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This year’s race, as usual, is a very lumpy one and may only attract a small hand full of sprinters, as they will only, realistically, have a chance at going for four stages with even stage one being finishing up the famous Basque climb or Arrate above Eibar and just one time trial.
The race will take in seven summit finishes including famous mountains such as the Tourmalet, Angliru and Covatilla.
As usual, the 19 WorldTour teams receive an automatic invite to the race, with eight riders each. Three wildcard teams are also chose by the organiser. This year, Spanish Pro Continental teams Burgos-BH and Caja Rural all receive a call up, along with French team Total-Direct Energie.
Some teams have already announced full squads for the race, whereas others have just announced one or two.
With no confirmation of reigning champion, Primož Roglič (Jumbo -Visma), notable names are Groupama – FDJ’s French stars, Thibaut Pinot and David Gaudu who may be looking at a two-pronged attack on the GC.
Enric Mas is set to lead Movistar with support from current Spanish champion, Alejandro Valverde, who will be looking for another top ten.
Other big names on the current list include, Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo – Visma), Pascal Ackermann (Bora – Hansgrohe), Bauke Mollema (Trek – Segafredo), Vincenzo Nibali (Trek – Segafredo), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto – Soudal) and Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates).
Vuelta a España 2020 start list
DE GENDT Thomas
DE WULF Stan
VAN DER SANDE Tosh
RUBIO Einer Augusto
Ag2r La Mondiale
Astana Pro Team
NTT Pro Cycling
EF Education First
Israel Start-Up Nation
KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn
VAN WILDER Ilan
UAE Team Emirates
DE LA CRUZ David
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA