The organizers of the Vuelta a Espana confirmed the list of 22 teams that will compete in the multi-day event this year.
Due to the coronavirus, this season’s Grand tour will run from October 20 to November 8. The number of stages has been reduced from 21 to 18, and the route will not pass through the Netherlands and Portugal.
The race will feature 19 teams competing in the UCI World tour: AG2R La Mondiale, Astana, Bahrain-McLaren, Bora-Hansgrohe, CCC, Cofidis, Deceuninck-QuickStep, EF, Groupama-FDJ, Israel Start-Up Nation, Lotto Soudal, Mitchelton-Scott, Movistar, NTT, Ineos, Jumbo-Visma, Sunweb, Trek-Segafredo and UAE team Emirates.
The French team Total Direct Energie qualified for the multi-day event as the leader of the UCI Pro Teams qualification.
Two other teams received wild cards, the Spanish Burgos-BH and Caja Rural-Seguros RGA.
The Vuelta route will not pass through Portugal in 2020
The 15th and 16th stages of the bike race were to be held in the municipalities of Porto, Matosinhos and Viseu, but these territories cannot provide optimal conditions due to the crisis caused by the coronavirus.
Alternative host cities have already been approved, but they will be announced in the coming weeks when routes and stage profiles are finalized.
The Vuelta, which was postponed to the autumn due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be held from October 20 to November 8.
The IOC will not move the Olympic games to Tokyo again if the coronavirus pandemic continues
The international Olympic Committee (IOC) will not reschedule the Olympic games again if the coronavirus pandemic continues by the time they are held in 2021.
“Our Japanese partners and the Prime Minister have made it clear that Japan cannot afford a longer delay than until next summer. The postponement of the Games is a huge event for both the organizing Committee and the country as a whole.
First of all, we need to ensure that the Olympic village and all sports facilities are accessible. Thousands of people will have to continue working. All partners, sponsors, regional and local authorities should unite. Postponement will entail restrictions and compromises for all parties.
What if the pandemic continues in the summer of 2021? We will follow the risk management and mitigation measures established by the world health organization (who) for mass events.
We will continue to follow the principle that has so far been the basis of all our decisions – to hold the Olympic games only in a safe environment for all participants. We are determined to follow this in the future, ” the IOC said in a statement.