La Vuelta Holanda will definitely not start in The Netherlands this year.
La Vuelta Holanda has had to give the start of the Tour of Spain 2020 back to the Spanish organization of La Vuelta. Moving the three stages from August to autumn proved to be technically unfeasible due to the availability of venues and roads in that period. Together with the public and private partners we will investigate the feasibility of a start in 2022 and weigh up this against cancellation.
Because of the Corona virus, the UCI had asked to relocate La Vuelta in order to allow the organization of the Tour de France in August and September. This meant that the start in the Netherlands had to be moved to the autumn. In addition to the organizational barriers, the project organization and the public partners do not consider it desirable - in the great uncertainty surrounding the situation of the Corona virus - to organize a public cycling event in the autumn.
Whether La Vuelta will start in the Netherlands in 2022 will be decided in the near future. The organization of La Vuelta has indicated that the decision will be on time if it is made in the first quarter of 2021. This year La Vuelta will consist of 18 stages and will take off from the Basque Country (Irun).
Jan van Zanen, mayor of Utrecht, on behalf of the three cities (Utrecht, Breda, 's-Hertogenbosch) and two provinces (Utrecht, Noord-Brabant): "We were all looking forward to celebrating a Spanish fiesta in all 34 participating municipalities this summer. We were totally ready for it. For months we worked together with a lot of partners, organizations, companies, knowledge institutions, governments, volunteers and colleagues on an unforgettable start of the 75th edition of La Vuelta in the Netherlands. Moving the three stages to autumn turned out to be technically unfeasible and we concluded that there was also too much uncertainty around the development of the Corona virus. A huge disappointment, but of course public health always comes first".
Martijn van Hulsteijn, project director La Vuelta Holanda: "We have discussed with all parties to find out if the start in the autumn would be possible, but it turned out to be too difficult. Moving three stages, on three days, through 34 municipalities with start and finish places in various places turned out to be a bridge too far. For example, we did not have the Jaarbeurs at our disposal, an indispensable link in the entire organization. In addition, a lot of road works were carried out around the 34 participating municipalities in the autumn. The impact would be too great. Even if you leave the desirability and uncertainty in Corona time out of the discussion".
Javier Guillén, director of Unipublic, La Vuelta: "We wanted nothing more than a start in the Netherlands and are therefore disappointed that it cannot take place as planed because of these frustrating circumstances. We have been deeply impressed by the organization in the Netherlands and fervently hope that we can continue together in 2022. We are now going to explore this option together".