Vuelta a Espana Stage Guide And Riders To Watch

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Vuelta a Espana Stage Guide And Riders To Watch

The Vuelta a Espana started in the Basque region on Tuesday, and will cover 2,897km (1,800 miles) in 18 stages before it finishes in Madrid on Sunday 8 November.

The race was due to begin on 14 August in the Netherlands, while a trip to Portugal was also been removed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the revamped and rearranged Grand Tour – the last of the season – still boasts a high-quality field on its 75th anniversary.

BBC Sport looks at the riders who could be involved in the battle for the leader’s red jersey and picks out the key stages.

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A climbing-heavy Vuelta begins with the summit finish at Arrate, which was the scene of a thrilling battle between Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, Joaquim Rodriguez and Alejandro Valverde on stage three in 2012.

The category one climb to finish kicks up to a 10% gradient in parts and follows three other categorised climbs. While there will be no roadside fans to roar on the favourites near the end, the stage may start to shape the general classification standings.

The second weekend of the race begins with another summit finish, this time at La Farrapona. Contador famously accelerated away from Froome here in 2014, on his way to a third Vuelta title.

Arriving after four other categorised climbs, it could provide another defining moment six years on.

Vuelta a Espana Stage Guide And Riders To Watch

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