2020 Vuelta a España

The 2020 Vuelta a España was the 75th edition of the Vuelta a España, one of cycling's three grand tours. It was won for the second consecutive year by Primož Roglič of Team Jumbo–Visma.

2020 Vuelta a España
2020 UCI World Tour, race 20 of 21
Peloton in Stage 9
Peloton in Stage 9
Race details
Dates20 October – 8 November
Stages18
Distance2,892.6 km (1,797 mi)
Results
Winner  Primož Roglič (SLO) (Team Jumbo–Visma)
  Second  Richard Carapaz (ECU) (Ineos Grenadiers)
  Third  Hugh Carthy (GBR) (EF Pro Cycling)

Points  Primož Roglič (SLO) (Team Jumbo–Visma)
Mountains  Guillaume Martin (FRA) (Cofidis)
Youth  Enric Mas (ESP) (Movistar Team)
Combativity  Rémi Cavagna (FRA) (Deceuninck–Quick-Step)
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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.[1] 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.[2][3][4] For the first time since 1985, the race was not 21 stages long; instead, it was held in a reduced format over 18 stages.[5]

TeamsEdit

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.[6]

The teams participating in the race were:

UCI WorldTeams

UCI Professional Continental teams

Pre-race favouritesEdit

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).[7][8]

Route and stagesEdit

The full route of the 2020 Vuelta a España was announced on Tuesday 17 December 2019 in Madrid.[9] The first three stages of the 2020 Vuelta were originally due to be held in the Netherlands, starting in Utrecht.[10] 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.[11] In hosting the start of the race, Utrecht was to become the first city to host stages of all three grand tours.[12] However, on 29 April 2020, the organisers announced that the opening three stages in the Netherlands were cancelled,[13] 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.[5] As a result, for the first time since 1961, the race departed from the Basque Country.[5]

Stage characteristics and winners[5][11]
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
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)

Classification leadershipEdit

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.[16]

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.[16]

Mountains classification points
Category 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
Cima Alberto Fernández 20 15 10 6 4 2
Special-category 15 10 6 4 2
First-category 10 6 4 2 1
Second-category 5 3 1
Third-category 3 2 1

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.[16]

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.[16]

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.[16]

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.[16]

Classification leadership by stage[17]
Stage Winner General classification
 
Points classification
 
Mountains classification
 
Young rider classification
 
Team classification
 
Combativity award
 
1 Primož Roglič Primož Roglič Primož Roglič Sepp Kuss Enric Mas Team Jumbo–Visma Jetse Bol
2 Marc Soler Richard Carapaz Gonzalo Serrano
3 Dan Martin Willie Smit
4 Sam Bennett Jesús Ezquerra
5 Tim Wellens Tim Wellens Guillaume Martin
6 Ion Izagirre Richard Carapaz Movistar Team Gorka Izagirre
7 Michael Woods Guillaume Martin Alejandro Valverde
8 Primož Roglič Stan Dewulf
9 Pascal Ackermann Juan Felipe Osorio
10 Primož Roglič Primož Roglič Alex Molenaar
11 David Gaudu Marc Soler
12 Hugh Carthy Richard Carapaz Guillaume Martin
13 Primož Roglič Primož Roglič not awarded
14 Tim Wellens Marc Soler
15 Jasper Philipsen Guillaume Martin
16 Magnus Cort Rémi Cavagna
17 David Gaudu Marc Soler
18 Pascal Ackermann not awarded
Final Primož Roglič Primož Roglič Guillaume Martin Enric Mas Movistar Team Rémi Cavagna
  • 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

Legend
  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

General classificationEdit

Final general classification (1–10)[18]
Rank Rider Team Time
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"

Points classificationEdit

Final points classification (1–10)[18]
Rank Rider Team Points
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

Mountains classificationEdit

Final mountains classification (1–10)[18]
Rank Rider Team Points
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

Final young rider classification (1–10)[18]
Rank Rider Team Time
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"

Team classificationEdit

Final team classification (1–10)[18]
Rank Team Time
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"

NotesEdit

  1. ^ 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.[14]
  2. ^ 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.[15]

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ Ballinger, Alex (15 April 2020). "New Tour de France 2020 dates officially confirmed as UCI reveals new calendar". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 15 April 2020.
  4. ^ Farrand, Stephen (5 May 2020). "UCI reveal new men's and women's post-COVID-19 race calendar". Cycling News. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d "La Vuelta 20 will consist of 18 stages and will take off from the Basque Country". Unipublic. 29 April 2020. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  6. ^ "La Vuelta 20: teams selection". Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  7. ^ Long, Jonny (19 October 2020). "Who are the bookies' favourites for the Vuelta a España 2020?". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  8. ^ Bonville-Ginn, Tim (19 October 2020). "Vuelta a España 2020 start list: Froome, Roglič, Dumoulin, Vlasov and Pinot among strong line-up". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Vuelta a España 2020 route revealed". Cycling News. 17 December 2019. Retrieved 5 May 2020.
  10. ^ "2020 Vuelta a Espana to begin in the Netherlands with team time trial". Cycling News. 12 December 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  11. ^ a b Ballinger, Alex (12 December 2018). "Vuelta a España to start in the Netherlands in 2020". Cycling Weekly. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Vuelta a España 2020 to start in Netherlands". VeloNews. 12 December 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  13. ^ Fotheringham, Alasdair (29 April 2020). "Vuelta a España 2020 start in Netherlands cancelled". Cycling News. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  14. ^ "La Vuelta 20 won't enter France. Stage 6 to start from Biescas and finish atop Aramón Formigal". 2020 Vuelta a España. ASO. 22 October 2020. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  15. ^ Farrand, Stephen (29 October 2020). "Vuelta a España: Ackermann wins stage 9 as Sam Bennett is relegated". CyclingNews. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  16. ^ a b c d e f Roadbook 2020, pp. 6.
  17. ^ "Official classifications of La Vuelta". La Vuelta. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  18. ^ a b c d e f "Official classifications of Vuelta a España 2020". Vuelta a España. Amaury Sport Organisation. Retrieved 6 November 2020.

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