Vuelta 2020 Route stage 1: Irún - Santuario de Arrate

Vuelta a España stage 1Tuesday 20 October - La Vuelta begins in style in the mountainous Basque Country. Starting in Irún, on the French/Spanish border, the race travels to a summit finish near Sanctuary of Arrate .

Or, actually, the finish is 2 kilometres after the summit of the Arrate-climb. Following an ascent of 5 kilometres at 8.8% the last 2 kilometres are rolling with the ultimate section downhill. So expect the finish to be at breakneck speeds.

Year in year out, the Tour of the Basque Country serves a finish near the Sanctuary of Arrate. The winners in the last ten editions were Emanuel Buchmann (2019), Enric Mas (2018), Alejandro Valverde (2017), Diego Rosa (2016), Joaquim Rodríguez (2015, 2012), Wout Poels (2014), Nairo Quintana (2013) and Samuel Sánchez (2011, 2010).

La Vuelta served an Arrate finish in 2012, when big guns Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, Joaquim Rodríguez and Alejandro Valverde battled it out on the steep slopes. The latter took the spoils.

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