In 2020, the Vuelta a Espana will almost certainly start in Utrecht, according to a report in Algemeen Dagblad. Initially, the Dutch city wanted the start in 2019, but it seems that the Spanish region of Levante will host the Spanish stage race that year.
The plans are carried out by the Business PelotonUtrecht, which also brought the Tour de France to the city in 2015. According to BPU Chairman Cor Jansen, the Vuelta hs indicated that the cathedral city can focus on its the start of the race in 2020. "The management has told us that it is basically up to us to design the Dutch part of the race," said Jansen.
Next week, the Business Peloton Utrecht will be present at the presentation of the 2017 Vuelta route where they will again speak with the organizers about a possible start.
If the Vuelta actually comes to Utrecht in 2020, three stages will take place in the Netherlands. The race will kick off on a Friday with a team time trial on the same course that was used for the 2015 Tour prologue. On the second day, there will be a ride stage start and finish in Utrecht after a passage through the province. On Sunday, the stage will also start in Utrecht and finish in Breda.
In 2020, the start of the Vuelta will not overlap with the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
"That gives us extra preparation time and then the series of grand tours in Utrecht is complete: the Giro d'Italia in 2010, the Tour de France in 2015 and the Vuelta in 2020," says Jansen. If the report is confired, Utrecht will be the first city to host all three grand tours.
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