EFE · Road Competition · 04/29/2020
Javier Guilln, director of the Vuelta a España, was firm in ensuring that the organization works so that the 18 stages that make up the 75th edition with the planned design are respected, without fear of the time it may do in autumn and pending evolution of the coronavirus pandemic.
After the announcement of the suspension of the start of the Vuelta in the Netherlands and pending to know next week the final date of the race, Guilln has shown strength in defending the rest of the initial plan.
“Once we knew that we were not going to leave the Netherlands, we decided not to replace the stages that took place in that country, therefore the Vuelta had 18 stages plus two days off. To be faithful to the initial scheme, we decided that the first stage It would be the fourth in the program, that is, between Iran and Arrate, “he said.
This initial variation will not affect the rest of the route and the organization continues to work to maintain the rest of the days in accordance with the initial plan.
“The Tour wants to respect the last 18 stages, although we do not yet know the dates. We do not want substantial changes, if any city has any major problem it will be seen, but the contracts are fully trustworthy and we are at the expense of seeing the final dates , with its specific day, “he stressed.
Guillón pointed out that there could be “a variation, but not a cancellation, in this case a substitution. The format will be 18 days of competition and 2 days of rest. If one city could not host the Tour, then it would be replaced by another.”
For the final date, Guilln explained, “we are in talks with the UCI, who will be the one to communicate it next week. Although we do not know the photo of the race, our sequence follows, first the Tour, then the Giro and finally the Vuelta “
The meteorological conditions that the Vuelta will encounter in autumn will not be a problem for the race, Guilln assured, despite the purely northern course, with the finish included in the Tourmalet, in France.
“The Vuelta will pass through the north of Portugal and the south of France, but that time allows cycling. It may not be the ideal date, but there are data to think that it will not be necessary to cut stages due to snow. We are going to have a friendly climate” , said.
Guilln rules out the option of changing stages or cutting the route of the greats, as suggested by, among others, the Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde.
“We are not going to change stages because this is not improvised, there are commitments and we want to meet, there are no reasons to change the course. In addition, the duration of the races must be respected, that is what gives them greater appeal and advertising expansion. Yes It cannot be 21 stages due to the impossibility of the Netherlands, we will do 18, but it is an inevitable question, “he stressed.
On a “too hard” start with the stage between Irn and Arrate, the director of the Tour indicated that the design will be respected, and that it is another more “atypical” element.
“The designs remain as they were presented, they are already negotiated with the institutions of the Basque Country and they are not going to change. It may be a hard, atypical start, but nothing prevents it from being done. It is also unusual to start in autumn. It is still just another incentive, “he added.
Guilln also does not contemplate at the moment the subordination of making the Return to the appearance of a vaccine that neutralizes the coronavirus.
“We work for a Vuelta”, he continued, “but then everything depends on sanitary conditions. If there are difficulties in the months of the Vuelta, it will have to be suspended, as other events have been suspended. If we think that it will be suspended, we will not work in take the route forward. “
“It would be desirable for a vaccine to appear, but first of all we work from health security and the final decision will be made by the authorities. If there is no Vuelta it will be regrettable, but if the cycling season is suspended it would be a drama,” he said.
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