The Dutch city Utrecht hosts the start of the 2020 Vuelta a España. The 1st stage is a team time trial in front of roaring city crowds, while the 2nd stage starts in ‘s Hertogenbosch to run back to Utrecht. The 3rd stage is an out-and-back race in Breda. Utrecht hosted the Tour de France’s Grand Depart in 2015. (Slideshow route/profile)
Stage 1 of the 2020 Vuelta is an out-and-back TTT of 23.7 kilometres in Utrecht. The route is pan-flat, but features a technical first section through the old town. The 2nd stage begins in ‘s Hertogenbosch and heads back to Utrecht. The 183 kilometres route takes in some hilly sections at the Utrechtse Heuvelrug with the Grebbeberg standing out. Yet, a bunch sprint is next to certain.
Stage 3 is a race in the south of the Netherlands. Both start and finish are in Breda and the route features flat to rolling roads, so this is another opportunity for fast men. The 3rd stage amounts to 193 kilometres.
The Vuelta a España is the least geographically adventurous of the three Grand Tours. The race ventured outside Spain for a start for the first time to neighbouring Portugal in 1997. Drenthe, the Netherlands, hosted the second foreign Gran Salida in 2009 and the third and last foreign start was in 2017 in Nîmes, France.
Vuelta a España 2020: route Dutch stages
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