2020 Vuelta a España
|2020 UCI World Tour, race 20 of 21|
Peloton in Stage 9
|Dates||20 October – 8 November|
|Distance||2,892.6 km (1,797 mi)|
The race was originally scheduled to be held from 14 August to 6 September 2020. In April 2020, the 2020 Tour de France was rescheduled to run between the 29 August and 20 September, having been postponed in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. On 15 April, UCI announced that both the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta would take place in autumn after the 2020 UCI Road World Championships. On 5 May, UCI announced that the postponed Giro and the Vuelta would run between 3 and 25 October and between 20 October and 8 November, respectively. For the first time since 1985, the race was not 21 stages long; instead, it was held in a reduced format over 18 stages.
Twenty-two teams made up the field that participated in the 2020 Vuelta a España. All nineteen UCI WorldTeams were entitled, and obliged, to enter the race. Additionally, three second-tier UCI ProTeams were invited to participate in the event. The teams were announced on 8 May 2020.
The teams participating in the race were:
UCI Professional Continental teams
Defending champion Primož Roglič (Team Jumbo–Visma) was considered the pre-race favourite, followed by his teammate and 2017 Giro d'Italia champion Tom Dumoulin. Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), winner of the 2019 Giro d'Italia, was seen as one of their main challengers, alongside Enric Mas (Movistar Team) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama–FDJ). Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana) was also seen as a top contender, having unexpectedly abandoned the Giro d'Italia during the second stage. Other riders considered as contenders included two time former champion Chris Froome (Ineos Grenadiers), his teammate Iván Sosa, 2009 champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) and Team Jumbo–Visma's Sepp Kuss.
Riders believed to be the main contenders for victories on the sprint stages were Pascal Ackermann (Bora–Hansgrohe), Sam Bennett (Deceuninck–Quick-Step) and Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates).
Route and stagesEdit
The full route of the 2020 Vuelta a España was announced on Tuesday 17 December 2019 in Madrid. The first three stages of the 2020 Vuelta were originally due to be held in the Netherlands, starting in Utrecht. This was due to be the fourth time the Vuelta has started outside Spain and the second start in the Netherlands, following the 2009 Vuelta a España. In hosting the start of the race, Utrecht was to become the first city to host stages of all three grand tours. However, on 29 April 2020, the organisers announced that the opening three stages in the Netherlands were cancelled, before confirming later that same day that the race would be shortened to 18 stages and, except for the cancelled stages, follow the exact same route as announced previously. As a result, for the first time since 1961, the race departed from the Basque Country.
|1||20 October||Irun to Arrate||173 km (107 mi)||Hilly stage||Primož Roglič (SLO)|
|2||21 October||Pamplona to Lekunberri||151.6 km (94.2 mi)||Hilly stage||Marc Soler (ESP)|
|3||22 October||Lodosa to La Laguna Negra de Vinuesa||166.1 km (103.2 mi)||Hilly stage||Dan Martin (IRL)|
|4||23 October||Garray to Ejea de los Caballeros||191.7 km (119.1 mi)||Flat stage||Sam Bennett (IRL)|
|5||24 October||Huesca to Sabiñánigo||184.4 km (114.6 mi)||Hilly stage||Tim Wellens (BEL)|
|6||25 October||Biescas to Aramón Formigal||146.4 km (91.0 mi)[N 1]||Mountain stage||Ion Izagirre (ESP)|
|26 October||Vitoria-Gasteiz||Rest day|
|7||27 October||Vitoria-Gasteiz to Villanueva de Valdegovia||159.7 km (99.2 mi)||Hilly stage||Michael Woods (CAN)|
|8||28 October||Logroño to Alto de Moncalvillo||164 km (102 mi)||Mountain stage||Primož Roglič (SLO)|
|9||29 October||Castrillo del Val to Aguilar de Campoo||157.7 km (98.0 mi)||Flat stage||Pascal Ackermann (GER)[N 2]|
|10||30 October||Castro Urdiales to Suances||185 km (115 mi)||Flat stage||Primož Roglič (SLO)|
|11||31 October||Villaviciosa to Alto de la Farrapona||170 km (110 mi)||Mountain stage||David Gaudu (FRA)|
|12||1 November||La Pola Llaviana to Alto de L'Angliru||109.4 km (68.0 mi)||Mountain stage||Hugh Carthy (GBR)|
|2 November||A Coruña||Rest day|
|13||3 November||Muros to Mirador de Ézaro||33.7 km (20.9 mi)||Mountain time trial||Primož Roglič (SLO)|
|14||4 November||Lugo to Ourense||204.7 km (127.2 mi)||Hilly stage||Tim Wellens (BEL)|
|15||5 November||Mos to Puebla de Sanabria||230.8 km (143.4 mi)||Hilly stage||Jasper Philipsen (BEL)|
|16||6 November||Salamanca to Ciudad Rodrigo||162 km (101 mi)||Hilly stage||Magnus Cort (DEN)|
|17||7 November||Sequeros to Alto de la Covatilla||178.2 km (110.7 mi)||Mountain stage||David Gaudu (FRA)|
|18||8 November||Hipódromo de la Zarzuela to Madrid||124.2 km (77.2 mi)||Flat stage||Pascal Ackermann (GER)|
|Total||2,892.6 km (1,797.4 mi)|
The Vuelta a España has four individual classifications, for which jerseys were awarded daily to the leading rider, as well as a team competition. The primary classification is the general classification, which is calculated by adding each rider's finishing times on each stage. Time bonuses will be awarded at the end of every stage apart from the individual time trial (stage 13). The rider with the lowest cumulative time is the leader of the general classification, and wears the red jersey. The leader of the general classification at the end of the race is considered the overall winner of the Vuelta a España.
The second classification is the points classification. Riders receive points for finishing among the highest placed in a stage finish, or in intermediate sprints during the stages. The points available for each stage finish are determined by the stage's type. The leader is identified by a green jersey.
|Cima Alberto Fernández||20||15||10||6||4||2|
The next classification is the mountains classification. Points are awarded to the riders that reach the summit of the most difficult climbs first. The climbs are categorized, in order of increasing difficulty, third-, second-, and first- and special-category. The leader wears a white jersey with blue polka dots.
The last of the individual classifications is the young rider classification, which is calculated by adding each rider's finishing times on each stage for each rider born on or after 1 January 1995. The rider with the lowest cumulative time is the leader of the young rider classification, and wears the white jersey.
There is also the team classification. After each stage, the times of the three highest finishers of each team are added together, and all the members of the leading team wear a red number bib on the following stage. The victory is awarded to the team with the lowest cumulative time at the end of the event.
In addition, there is one individual award: the combativity award. This award is given after each stage (excluding the individual time trial) to the rider "who displayed the most generous effort and best sporting spirit." The daily winner wears a yellow number bib the following stage. At the end of the Vuelta, a jury decides the top three riders for the “Most Combative Rider of La Vuelta”, with a public vote deciding the victor.
- On stages 2, 11, and 14–18, Richard Carapaz, who was second in the points classification, wore the green jersey, because first placed Primož Roglič wore the red jersey as the leader of the general classification.
- On stage 3, Dan Martin, who was third in the points classification, wore the green jersey, because first placed Primož Roglič wore the red jersey as the leader of the general classification, and second placed Richard Carapaz wore the blue polka dot jersey as the leader of the mountains classification. Martin also wore the green jersey on stages 4–6 and 12 as he had moved up to second in the points classification.
Final classification standingsEdit
|Denotes the winner of the general classification||Denotes the winner of the young rider classification|
|Denotes the winner of the points classification||Denotes the winner of the team classification|
|Denotes the winner of the mountains classification||Denotes the winner of the combativity award|
|1||Primož Roglič (SLO)||Team Jumbo–Visma||72h 46' 12"|
|2||Richard Carapaz (ECU)||Ineos Grenadiers||+ 24"|
|3||Hugh Carthy (GBR)||EF Pro Cycling||+ 1' 15"|
|4||Dan Martin (IRL)||Israel Start-Up Nation||+ 2' 43"|
|5||Enric Mas (ESP)||Movistar Team||+ 3' 36"|
|6||Wout Poels (NED)||Bahrain–McLaren||+ 7' 16"|
|7||David de la Cruz (ESP)||UAE Team Emirates||+ 7' 35"|
|8||David Gaudu (FRA)||Groupama–FDJ||+ 7' 45"|
|9||Felix Großschartner (AUT)||Bora–Hansgrohe||+ 8' 15"|
|10||Alejandro Valverde (ESP)||Movistar Team||+ 9' 34"|
|1||Primož Roglič (SLO)||Team Jumbo–Visma||204|
|2||Richard Carapaz (ECU)||Ineos Grenadiers||133|
|3||Dan Martin (IRL)||Israel Start-Up Nation||111|
|4||Hugh Carthy (GBR)||EF Pro Cycling||96|
|5||Guillaume Martin (FRA)||Cofidis||87|
|6||Pascal Ackermann (GER)||Bora–Hansgrohe||84|
|7||Jasper Philipsen (BEL)||UAE Team Emirates||80|
|8||Marc Soler (ESP)||Movistar Team||73|
|9||Michael Woods (CAN)||EF Pro Cycling||72|
|10||Enric Mas (ESP)||Movistar Team||71|
|1||Guillaume Martin (FRA)||Cofidis||99|
|2||Tim Wellens (BEL)||Lotto–Soudal||34|
|3||Richard Carapaz (ECU)||Ineos Grenadiers||30|
|4||David Gaudu (FRA)||Groupama–FDJ||29|
|5||Sepp Kuss (USA)||Team Jumbo–Visma||27|
|6||Primož Roglič (SLO)||Team Jumbo–Visma||24|
|7||Hugh Carthy (GBR)||EF Pro Cycling||21|
|8||Michael Woods (CAN)||EF Pro Cycling||21|
|9||Rui Costa (POR)||UAE Team Emirates||21|
|10||Dan Martin (IRL)||Israel Start-Up Nation||20|
Young rider classificationEdit
|1||Enric Mas (ESP)||Movistar Team||72h 49' 48"|
|2||David Gaudu (FRA)||Groupama–FDJ||+ 4' 09"|
|3||Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS)||Astana||+ 6' 00"|
|4||Gino Mäder (SUI)||NTT Pro Cycling||+ 40' 03"|
|5||Georg Zimmermann (GER)||CCC Team||+ 42' 04"|
|6||Will Barta (USA)||CCC Team||+ 46' 28"|
|7||Kobe Goossens (BEL)||Lotto–Soudal||+ 59' 21"|
|8||Clément Champoussin (FRA)||AG2R La Mondiale||+ 1h 17' 44"|
|9||Robert Power (AUS)||Team Sunweb||+ 1h 30' 22"|
|10||Dorian Godon (FRA)||AG2R La Mondiale||+ 1h 38' 24"|
|1||Movistar Team||218h 37' 21"|
|2||Team Jumbo–Visma||+ 10' 23"|
|3||Astana||+ 40' 09"|
|4||UAE Team Emirates||+ 1h 04' 05"|
|5||Mitchelton–Scott||+ 1h 08' 33"|
|6||Cofidis||+ 1h 44' 20"|
|7||Ineos Grenadiers||+ 2h 32' 28"|
|8||Groupama–FDJ||+ 2h 44' 38"|
|9||Team Sunweb||+ 3h 08' 27"|
|10||EF Pro Cycling||+ 3h 12' 25"|
- The stage was originally 136.6 km (84.9 mi) long and was due to finish atop the Col du Tourmalet, but due to French COVID-19 restrictions, the Vuelta was not allowed to enter France.
- Sam Bennett originally won the stage but was later relegated by the race jury for aggressively shoulder barging into Emīls Liepiņš in the run-in to the sprint.
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