The Vuelta a España is the third and final Grand Tour of the season, and the Spanish race always provides an exciting finale to the year for GC specialists.
Renowned for its testing parcours and plethora of summit finishes, the Vuelta represents an immense challenge and several riders have tried and failed to win it in the same season as another Grand Tour.
The 2020 route is a bit different to recent years as the race has been shortened from 21 stages to 18 stages due to restrictions made in the global pandemic.
The race itself will still be exciting but will be slim pickings for sprinters with only four days for them and eight summit finishes including stage one, along with one individual time-trial.
The race will start in the Basque Country town of Irun and finishing at the top of the famous Arrate climb above Eibar.
Other notable stages include summit finishes up the Col du Tourmalet in France, Alto de l’Angliru and the Alto de la Covatilla and a 33.5km time trial, which of course, also finishes up a sharp climb.
Vuelta a España: 2020 route
Vuelta a España route map 2020
The Vuelta a España 2020 route starts in the Basque Country with a typically difficult stage to the famous climb of Arrate above Eibar.
The sprinters will have to wait until stage four for their first chance at a bunch gallop to the line.
Huge mountains await, though with the Arrate and Aramón Formigal in week one and the Spanish beasts that are the Farrapona, Angliru and Covatilla all wait in the second and third weeks.
Even the individual time trial finishes up a steep climb on stage 13 after about 30km of flat beforehand.
Tuesday, October 20
Irùn to Arrate-Eibar
Wednesday, October 21
Pamplona to Lekunberri
Thursday, October 22
Lodosa to La Laguna Negra de Vinuesa
Friday, October 23
Garray. Numancia to Ejea de los Caballeros
Saturday, October 24
Huesca to Sabiñánigo
Sunday, October 25
Biescas to Aramón Formigal
Monday, October 26
Tuesday, October 27
Vitoria Gasteiz to Villanueva de Valdegovia
Wednesday, October 28
Logroño to Alto de Moncalvillo
Thursday, October 29
Castrillo del Val to Aguilar de Campoo
Friday, October 30
Castro Urdiales to Suances
Saturday, October 31
Villaviciosa to Alto de la Farrapona
Sunday, November 1
La Pola Llaviana to Alto de l’Angliru
Monday, November 2
Tuesday, November 3
Muros to Mirador de Ézaro Dumbría
Wednesday, November 4
Lugo to Ourense
Thursday, November 5
Mos to Puebla De Sanabria
Friday, November 6
Salamanca to Ciudad Rodrigo
Saturday, November 7
Sequeros to Alto de la Covatilla
Sunday, November 8
Hipódromo de la Zarzuela to Madrid
Vuelta a España: past winners
2000 Roberto Herasdagger (Esp) Kelme–Costa Blanca
2001 Ángel Casero (Esp) Festina
2002 Aitor González (Esp) Kelme–Costa Blanca
2003 Roberto Heras (Esp) U.S. Postal Service
2004 Roberto Heras (Esp) Liberty Seguros
2005 Roberto Heras (Esp) Liberty Seguros–Würth
2006 Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana
2007 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
2008 Alberto Contador (Esp) Astana
2009 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Caisse d’Epargne
2010 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas–Doimo
2011 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky
2012 Alberto Contador (Esp) Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank
2013 Chris Horner (USA) RadioShack–Leopard
2014 Alberto Contador (Esp) Tinkoff–Saxo
2015 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana
2016 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
2017 Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky
2018 Simon Yates (GBR) Mitchelton–Scott
2019 Primož Roglič (SLO) Jumbo-Visma