Deporinter, the organising company behind the Vuelta a Andalucía (Tour of Andalucía) professional cycle race around the region’s roads has announced the postponement of the event, which was scheduled from 17 to 21 February, due to the current pandemic restrictions.
Director Joaquín Cuevas said that "given the current situation of the pandemic and the proposed health measures to control it we have made the decision to postpone the race on the scheduled date".
“We have communicated this decision to the International Cycling Union and at the same time requested new dates within the UCI-ProSeries calendar with the requested dates being from Monday 24 to Friday 28 May. We are confident that the new proposed dates will be awarded to us,” explained a statement from the company.
Cuevas told SUR, “It is very complicated with the Covid-19 situation, for example if we had had a massive fall, and riders had to be taken to hospital. And, of course, we have a large part of the hotel industry closed."
The 67th edition of the cycling event is due to cover a total of 819.5 kilometres distributed over five days.
The starting point will be the Almeria town of Vera, while the finish line will be located in Zahara de la Sierra (Cadiz).
The first day will take place entirely in Almería, ending in Pulpi (140.4 kilometres); the second will start in Baza (Granada) and end in Alcalá la Real (Jaén), a total of 183.2 kilometres; the third stage will take place in Jaén, starting in Beas de Segura and ending in Villarodrigo (191.1 kilometres); the fourth will start in Iznájar (Córdoba) and finish in Cúllar Vega (Granada) with 153.8 kilometres; and the last stage will start in the Malaga town of Mijas following a 151-kilometre route, until it reaches Zahara de la Sierra.