Vuelta 2020 passes through 34 Dutch municipalities
Peloton races in three stages, over approximately 410 kilometres, through Utrecht and Noord-Brabant.
In August 2020 the Spanish Vuelta will pass through no less than 34 Dutch municipalities in three days. The cities (Utrecht, 's-Hertogenbosch, Breda) and provinces (Utrecht, Noord-Brabant) involved in organising the event presented the routes of this major international event today in Breda.
The first stage is a 23.7 kilometer team time trial in the city of Utrecht. The event will start and finish at the Jaarbeurs and will pass through a number of large districts of the city. The second stage (182.9 km, 19 municipalities) runs from the city of 's-Hertogenbosch to Utrecht. It will involve the competitors riding over cobblestones, but also along the Zuiderwaterlinie and via the Grebbeberg (hill) and the Amerongse berg (hill). During the third stage - which starts and finishes in Breda - the peloton will pass through 15 municipalities in Brabant. The team presentation will be held on the Thursday evening prior to the weekend of the competition, in the newly rebuilt Vredenburg in Utrecht's city centre.
Now that the routes are known, the organisation behind La Vuelta Holanda can get to work on the details of the event. The themes involved will be: celebration, healthy urban living and sustainability. The event will benefit from extra experiences and a variety of activities put on by and for residents, clubs, organisations, partners, businesses and institutions. As Mayor Depla of Breda put it: "We will make the Vuelta 2020 into one big party for the cities and the regions. Not just along the circuit itself, but also in the run up to the start of the Vuelta, the cities and provinces will be coloured red". It is still not clear precisely on which days the event will take place in 2020. The international sports cycling federation, the UCI, will announce this shortly.