Better late than never: the 2020 Vuelta a España gets underway in the Basque Country on October 20 after the coronavirus pandemic forced most of the calendar into less than four months of racing.
The final Grand Tour of 2020 has been reduced to 18 stages after the cancellation of the opening days in the Netherlands but that only means that all of the toughest stages have been condensed into a shorter time frame with no room for error.
Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) is looking to redeem himself with a spirited defence of his title after a shocking and morale-busting defeat at the hands of compatriot Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) at the Tour de France. The Slovenian is joined by a wrecking crew of a team, with Tom Dumoulin, George Bennett, Robert Gesink and Sepp Kuss joining him in the Tour-Vuelta double.
With Pogacar out of the picture for the rest of the 2020 season, Roglič’s main rivals include Ineos Grenadiers’ Richard Carapaz, Enric Mas and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), Daniel Martinez (EF Pro Cycling), Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott) and Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana), and maybe, if his form has returned, even former Vuelta a España winner Chris Froome (Ineos).
There aren’t very many flat stages but when there are, it will be Tour de France green jersey Sam Bennett (Deceuninck-Quickstep) going head-to-head with Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Jasper Philipsen (UAE Team Emirates) and up-and-coming sprinters like Alex Aranburu (Astana) and Matteo Moschetti (Trek-Segafredo).
Cyclingnews will have full live reports, with news and photos from inside of the race as it happens, along with extensive reporting on the stage and its players throughout the final week of the race. We’re also your go-to place for results, photos and highlights once the stage is done.
Read on to find out how to watch the 2020 Vuelta a España via live stream, no matter your location, with ExpressVPN.
While you follow the exclusive information in our text-based live coverage, keep an eye on the action with live streaming video from just about anywhere, even if you don’t live in a broadcast zone.
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How to watch the Vuelta a España in the UK:
The Vuelta a España is being broadcast in the UK on Eurosport, which can be found in basic Sky TV packages. For streaming from just about any internet-connected device, you can sign up for a subscription to Eurosport Player for £6.99 for a month, £4.99 for a year-long monthly pass, or £39.99 for a 12-month pass.
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How to watch the Vuelta a España live stream: Australia live stream
Australians can watch the 2020 Vuelta a España on SBS On Demand, SBS Cycling Central or Eurosport.
How to watch the Vuelta a España live stream: North America
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2020 Vuelta a España stages
|Date||Stage||Start/Finish||Distance||Start Time||Est. Finish Time|
|10/20/20||Stage 1||Irun – Arrate. Eibar||173km||13:21||17:30|
|10/21/20||Stage 2||Pamplona – Lekunberri||151.6km||13:49||17:30|
|10/22/20||Stage 3||Lodosa – La Laguna Negra de Vinuesa||166.1km||13:15||17:30|
|10/23/20||Stage 4||Garray. Numancia – Ejea de los Caballeros||191.7km||13:09||17:30|
|10/24/20||Stage 5||Huesca – Sabiñánigo||184.4km||12:54||17:30|
|10/25/20||Stage 6||Biescas – Col du Tourmalet||136.6km||13:09||17:10|
|10/27/20||Stage 7||Victoria-Gasteiz – Villanueva de Valdegovia||159.7km||13:22||17:15|
|10/28/20||Stage 8||Logroño – Alto de Moncalvillo||164km||13:03||17:15|
|10/29/20||Stage 9||B.M. Cid Campeador. Castrillo del Val – Aguilar de Campoo||157.7km||13:25||17:15|
|10/30/20||Stage 10||Castro Urdiales – Suances||185km||12:45||17:15|
|10/31/20||Stage 11||Villaviciosa – Alto de La Farrapona. Lagos de Somiedo||170kms||12:24||17:15|
|11/1/20||Stage 12||La Pola Llaviana/Pola de Laviana – Alto de l’Angliru||109.4kms||14:08||17:15|
|11/3/20||Stage 13||Muros – Mirador de Ézaro. Dumbría (ITT)||33.7km||13:33||17:20|
|11/4/20||Stage 14||Lugo – Ourense||204.7km||12:00||17:14|
|11/5/20||Stage 15||Mos – Puebla de Sanabria||230.8km||10:51||17:15|
|11/6/20||Stage 16||Salamanca – Ciudad Rodrigo||162km||13:00||17:15|
|11/7/20||Stage 17||Sequeros – Alto de La Covatilla||178.2km||12:10||17:15|
|11/8/20||Stage 18||Hipódromo de la Zarzuela – Madrid||124.2km||13:59||17:15|