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Last Updated: 05/09/2012 12:17 noon


There will be no Vuelta stage in Portugal this year

This year’s Vuelta a Espana will not go through Portugal as planned because of a coronavirus, organizers said on Saturday.

Beginning of the race was postponed from August 14 to October 20 with the three opening stages in the Netherlands were canceled because of the COVID-19 situation.

Phases 15 and 16 are scheduled to pass through Portugal but the plan has been ignored.

“Due to the extraordinary situation caused by the COVID-19 crisis and the impossibility of guaranteeing optimal conditions for the smooth running of the race, the cities of Porto, Matosinhos and Viseu, in agreement with Unipublic, organizer of La Vuelta, have decided to cancel the trip of La Vuelta 20 in Portugal, “Unipublic said in a statement.

The committee said they were working on alternative routes in Spain, adding that the schedule would not be changed again.

As a result, Vuelta will only have one section outside the Spanish border when the ninth stage ends at the top of the iconic Col du Tourmalet in France.

The decision to move Vuelta was made to accommodate the Tour de France, which it has postponed two months due to a coronavirus pandemic.

The 107th edition of the Tour will begin in Nice on June 27 and end in Paris on July 19, but the opening stage will now take place on August 29 with the final on September 20.

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