Vuelta a España Vuelta a España 2020: Stage 9 (B.M. Cid Campeador. Castrillo del Val > Aguilar de Campoo, 157,7 km)

One for the sprinters.





B.M. Cid Campeador. Castrillo del Val
The history of Castrillo del Val is closely linked to that of ‘El Cid’. It is where his wife, Jimena, and two daughters lived in the final years of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar’s life, and is where the iconic Castilian’s remains were kept up until the 19th century. The Cid Campeador Military Base was named after this historical legacy. In 2020, this branch of the Armed Forces will celebrate the Legion’s first centenary.


Aguilar de Campoo
Aguilar de Campoo will host part of La Vuelta for the fourth time in the race’s history. Though it has never hosted a finish-line until now, the Palencia municipality does know what it is to host a stage departure (1983, 1985 and 2012). The cookie locality, thus known for the numerous cookie industries based in this territory, began to gain popularity in the middle Ages, during its greatest splendour. Aguilar de Campoo was the residence of Charles V following the Emperor’s first arrival in the Iberian Peninsula in 1517.
 
Any chance of a rider protest?
What exactly would they be upset about to protest at la Vuelta? The organizers appear to have put together a fairly solid bubble. They did a huge marketing campaign to keep people home instead of on the side of the road. They banned fans from the mountains. I haven't heard any complaints about excessive transfer times combined with insanely long stages. The weather has been better than the riders expected. La Vuelta typically does shorter stages anyway.
 

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