La Vuelta 20 will not go to Portugal
May 9 th 2020 - 12:00 [GMT + 2]
Due to the exceptional situation caused by the COVID-19 crisis and, due to the impossibility of ensuring the optimum conditions required to hold the race in the territory, the municipalities of Oporto, Matosinhos and Viseu, in agreement with Unipublic, organiser of La Vuelta, have decided that the route of La Vuelta 20 will not pass through Portugal.
This means that stage 15, with its finish-line located between the localities of Porto and Matosinhos, as well as stage 16, with its departure from the city of Viseu, will have their itineraries altered. The alternative host cities that will replace Porto, Matosinhos and Viseu have already been approved, but all the information regarding the new stages will be announced in the coming weeks, when their respective route and profiles have been finalised.
“In a situation as exceptional as the one we are currently living, we have to be flexible and understand these kinds of decisions and changes”, declared Javier Guillén, Director of La Vuelta. “It’s a shame not to be able to visit Portugal in 2020, but we don’t want this flame to be put out: we will keep this relationship alive, we will maintain and develop the links we have formed, so that we may return to this country that has treated us to well”, he added.
Following this new modification to the La Vuelta 20 route, no further changes are expected.