After the amazing success of the start to the Tour de France in 2015, Utrecht will stage the start of another of the Triple Crown of Road Racing with the Vuelta a España coming to the city in 2020.
Utrecht made a contribution of 2.1 million Euros alongside financial assistance from Noord-Brabant, Breda and Den Bosch. With the Ministry of Public Health, Welfare and Sports agreeing to contribute 2.5 million Euros as well, the deal was signed. With money out of the way we can look forward to the start of the race. The prospect of hundreds of thousands of cycle fans descending on Utrecht holds few worries for the organisers.
Usually, the Vuelta organizers are reluctant to start the race outside of Spain, but after having seen the success of 2015 when the Tour de France started in the city, there were no doubts that Utrecht would put on a great show.
The last time the Vuelta was in the Netherlands was in 2009, when Assen was the starting point.
The 75th edition of La Vuelta, in 2020, will depart from Utrecht and hold three stages.
It will start in the city of Utrecht with a team presentation on Thursday, 20 August 2020, and then a team time trial will take place.
On the second race day, the cyclists will start in Den Bosch, race through a large arc via the Utrechtse Heuvelrug and Amersfoort, and then end in Utrecht.
Breda will be the start and finish point of the third stage, after which the race will leave the Netherlands.
Exciting times for Dutch cycling again when the profile of Utrecht, “The City of Bikes” will be raised even higher.
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