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Vuelta a España 2023

DATES: August 26 to September 17
START: Barcelona
FINISH: Madrid

Vuelta a España key features

Vuelta a España teams


Vuelta a España recent winners

2022: Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl)

2021: Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma)

2020: Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma)

2019: Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma)

2018: Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

2017: Chris Froome (Team Sky)

2016: Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team)

2015: Fabio Aru (Astana)

2014: Alberto Contador (Tinkoff–Saxo)

2013: Chris Horner (RadioShack–Nissan)

2012: Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank)

Latest Vuelta a Espana News

3 weeks ago

Sepp Kuss makes history as first American male in a decade to wear a leader’s jersey at a grand tour

Colorado climber dons first US elite men's leader’s jersey since Chris Horner won the 2013 Vuelta a España. Will he be next?

3 weeks ago

Remco Evenepoel rages at missed opportunity at Vuelta a España: ‘I didn’t know we were sprinting for the win’

Defending champ left fuming after crowd noise blocks radio comms that would have clarified racing situation.

3 weeks ago

Vuelta a España stage 8: Sepp Kuss roars into red jersey, Primož Roglič strikes for stage win

Kuss claims career-first grand tour GC leader's jersey, Evenepoel resilient under Jumbo-Visma pressure but misses sprint victory.

3 weeks ago

Vuelta a España stage 9 preview: One for the breakaway

The lumpy profile could see breakaway riders taking their chances before going into Monday's rest day.

3 weeks ago

‘My helmet probably saved my life’: Thymen Arensman counts his luck after harrowing Vuelta a España crash

Rising Dutch GC racer loses tooth, receives facial stitches as Ineos Grenadiers reels from tough opening week of racing.

3 weeks ago

Can Sepp Kuss win the Vuelta a España?

Only one American has ever won the Spanish grand tour: Can the Colorado climber press his advantage all the way to Madrid?

3 weeks ago

More bad luck for Ineos Grenadiers: Geraint Thomas down, Thymen Arensman to the hospital

The British powerhouse lost its second rider of this Vuelta a España: 'It’s just bike racing isn’t it, it’s a risky sport.'

3 weeks ago

Sepp Kuss unscathed after late-stage crash at Vuelta a España: ‘I had nowhere to go’

The Colorado climber avoids late-stage traps to roll into Saturday's uphill finale still second overall.

3 weeks ago

Vuelta a España stage 7: Geoffrey Soupe stuns favorites with sprint win in chaotic crash-riddled final

Evenepoel, Jumbo-Visma, UAE Emirates' GC racers cruise through sprinter stage, Ineos Grenadiers loses Arensman to crash.

3 weeks ago

Meet Bernardo Ruiz: The Vuelta a España’s longest living champion

The 98-year-old had a career that lasted from the end of World War ll into the 50s, riding 22 grand tours.

3 weeks ago

Vuelta a España stage 8 preview: Climbers to the fore on another mountainous shakeup

Roglič, Vingegaard, Evenepoel et al expected to be back in the spotlight Saturday – unless the breakaway beats them to it.

3 weeks ago

Remco resilient, Jumbo-Visma rampant: Deconstructing the GC damage of a wild day at the Vuelta a España

Stage 6 saw mayhem in the race for the maillot rojo – we pick apart what it means for the key players in the stages to come.

3 weeks ago

Who is Lenny Martinez? Racing runs in the family for the new leader of the Vuelta a España

Son of mountain bike legend Miguel Martinez, he is now the youngest rider to lead the Vuelta a España.

3 weeks ago

Sepp Kuss, guzzling ‘cava,’ and the joy of racing: ‘I wanted to soak this in’

Colorado climbing ace high-fives fans and celebrates victory as he comes within seconds of claiming the overall lead at the Spanish grand tour.

3 weeks ago

Vuelta a España stage 6: Sepp Kuss wins, Martinez takes red as GC turned on its head

Primož Roglič and Jonas Vingegaard drop Remco Evenepoel on final climb as Belgian loses 32 seconds to duo.

4 weeks ago

Vuelta a España stage 6 preview: Next GC test at Javalambre

'This stage could well mark the first notable differences in the general classification.”

4 weeks ago

Remco Evenepoel pips the peloton’s fastest sprinter to score time bonuses at the Vuelta a España

Six more seconds in his pocket might come in handy with the second major climbing stage on tap at Javalambre on Thursday.

4 weeks ago

Vuelta a España stage 5: Kaden Groves beats Filippo Ganna in sprint finish

Australian takes second win in a row, Remco Evenepoel adds seconds to his lead in bonus sprint.

4 weeks ago

Nairo Quintana spotted at the Vuelta a España, this time as a fan and holding out hope for a 2024 contract

The Colombian remains without a team after Arkéa-Samsic dropped him for using the painkiller tramadol last year.

4 weeks ago

Eddie Dunbar, Filippo Zana exits leave Jayco-AlUla with fewer options at Vuelta a España

Aussie team loses one to a crash and another to a stomach bug, with fears that more could lose pace.

4 weeks ago

Vuelta a España stage 7 preview: After GC fireworks, one more for the sprinters

Things cool down a bit following the GC fireworks with a transition that could see the sprinters have another chance.

4 weeks ago

Stand aside, Evenepoel: Cian Uijtdebroeks steps up as next Belgian sensation of the Vuelta a España

20-year-old grand tour rookie stunned in the Vuelta's opening summit finish and is promising a lot more to come.

4 weeks ago

Jumbo-Visma is fine with racing in the shadow of Remco Evenepoel for now

Primož Roglič and Jonas Vingegaard biding time after bizarre and rollicking Vuelta a España opening: 'It could have been a lot worse.'

4 weeks ago

Vuelta a España stage 5 preview: Another chance for the sprinters, if they can make it

Another chance for the sprinters, if a breakaway doesn't spoil the party.

4 weeks ago

Banged-up Remco Evenepoel won’t give away Vuelta a España red jersey for free

After a relatively calm day in the bunch, the Belgian won't be letting the leader's jersey ride away without a price.

4 weeks ago

Police foil wild plot to dump 400 liters of oil onto Vuelta a España race course

Spanish authorities arrest four protestors, share video of crazy contraption that would have derailed Monday's third stage.

4 weeks ago

Vuelta a España stage 4: Kaden Groves wins despite leadout man crashing in final kilometer

A two-rider pile-up in the final meters of the stage almost scuppered the Australian's chances.

4 weeks ago

Trouble brews on and off the road for Ineos Grenadiers after early Vuelta a España losses

Geraint Thomas 'legless' in first summit finish, Thymen Arensman loses time as team scrambles to fill GC void for 2024.

4 weeks ago

Is this Vuelta a España cursed? Crashes, deluges, tacks, and frayed nerves mark opening stages

Improving weather should ease tension after an uneven and sometimes bizarre start to the 2023 edition.

4 weeks ago

4 weeks ago

Remco Evenepoel involved in post-finish line crash after Vuelta a España stage win

Footage showed the Belgian colliding with someone as they stepped in front of him shortly after the finish.

4 weeks ago

Vuelta a España stage 3: Remco Evenepoel blasts out of GC group for sizzler mountaintop victory

Evenepoel stamps authority by distancing Vingegaard and Ayuso in mountaintop sprint, claims GC leader's jersey.

4 weeks ago

Sepp Kuss ‘motivated’ for grand tour triple but he won’t be doing it every year

The American has been Jumbo-Visma's lucky charm in 2023 and he's stepping into the unknown by tackling his third grand tour in a year.

4 weeks ago

Vuelta a España: Another tack attack mars second grand tour in Spain

In a repeat of the Tour de France this summer, the peloton is sabotaged by nails thrown onto the road in what was an already complicated stage.

4 weeks ago

Vuelta a España stage 3 preview: The first of many summit finishes

Stage will give a clear indication as to the riders in form.

4 weeks ago

Vuelta a España stage 2: Andreas Kron wins in another wet and controversial stage

EF Education-EasyPost snatch red leader's jersey in a complicated stage marked by crashes at the Spanish grand tour.

4 weeks ago

‘We’re just pawns in the game’: Rider frustration boils over at Vuelta a España

UPDATED: Race organizers move the point where GC times will be taken to 9km to go after Remco Evenepoel hints at rider protest during Sunday's stage.

4 weeks ago

Vuelta a España: Riders lick wounds after crashes, controversy rock TTT opener

Dunbar loses time, Thomas loses teammate as downpour and darkening evening skies left riders falling like skittles.

4 weeks ago

Vuelta a España competes with football for headlines in Spain, at least for a few weeks

Poll reveals the Spanish sport fans love their national tour, and for a few weeks each summer, competes for space in the national dailies.

4 weeks ago

‘We are monkeys in a zoo’: Remco Evenepoel and teammates fume at near-darkness in Vuelta a España team time trial

Evenepoel and Co. were unhappy at the finish line after racing in near-dark conditions to open the Vuelta a España: 'It is just shame that they let us race in the dark like this.'

4 weeks ago

Vuelta a España stage 1: Team DSM-Firmenich wins as rain, near-darkness clouds team time trial

Jonas Vingegaard punctures and pre-race favorites Jumbo-Visma lose a half minute.

4 weeks ago

Sepp Kuss headlines US quartet at Vuelta a España: ‘I’m ready to help Primož and Jonas’

A grand tour rookie, two veteran stage-hunters, and the grand tour 'Mailman' part of the US presence in the season's final grand tour.

4 weeks ago

4 weeks ago

Eddie Dunbar brings Giro d’Italia momentum into underdog GC push at Vuelta a España

Irishman ruling nothing out despite stacked field of favorites: ‘A couple of names stand out … but there’s a lot of racing to be done’

1 month ago

Who starts when? Vuelta a España stage 1 team time trial start times

Here's when Roglič, Vingegaard, Evenepoel and the GC contenders kick-start their red jersey campaigns Saturday evening.

1 month ago

Roglič, Vingegaard vow unity in quest for Vuelta a España victory: ‘We’re not racing against each other, but with each other’

Jumbo-Visma rides into Vuelta as top favorite with a historic sweep of the season's grand tours at stake.

1 month ago

Remco Evenepoel wants to learn from Jonas Vingegaard at Vuelta a España ahead of 2024 Tour de France

The defending champion is keeping his ambitions fairly modest after COVID-19 forced his Giro d'Italia abandon in May.

1 month ago

Vuelta a España ticker: Illness forces UAE to make roster change, Arkéa-Samsic switches kits, Dunbar eyes Giro repeat

Follow all the pre-race news ahead of the opening Barcelona team time trial on Saturday 26.

1 month ago

Three aces and a joker: How the top heavyweights match up at the Vuelta a España

Roglič, Evenepoel, and Vingegaard start as the pre-race favorites, with Spain's Ayuso trying to muscle in on the action: Here's the ultimate Vuelta 'form guide' for the three kings and a prince.

1 month ago

Extreme heat, protests could put chill on opening weekend at Vuelta a España

Pro-Catalan group calls for political action just as extreme temperatures are expected to ease this weekend.

1 month ago

Angliru, ambushes, Tourmalet, a tense TTT: Six stages that could explode the Vuelta a España

Vingegaard, Roglič, Evenepoel set to suffer through a whole host of horror stages in the race for red – these are the most important.

1 month ago

Vuelta a España start list: Vingegaard vs. Remco vs. Roglic vs. everyone else

Sepp Kuss starts his third grand tour of the season, and the best of the Spanish peloton line up for what should be a fantastic edition of La Vuelta.

1 month ago

From Roglič and Remco through Kuss and Caruso: Ranking the Vuelta a España GC contenders

The Vuelta boasts the strongest GC field of the season's grand tours – we pick the favorites, dark horses, and outsiders.

1 month ago

Primož Roglič makes it look easy with formality victory in Vuelta a España tune-up

'I came here to improve, I think I did that'. Victory at Vuelta a Burgos sees Roglič swagger toward Vuelta unbeaten in season's stage races.

1 month ago

Geraint Thomas, Egan Bernal ‘hungry for the win’ for Ineos Grenadiers at Vuelta a España

Ineos Grenadiers come out swinging in quest to win its first grand tour in two years with Arensman, Ganna also part of blockbuster selection.

1 month ago

Remco Evenepoel facing major Vuelta a España challenge amid contract rumors

New world TT champion heads to altitude to hone form before Spanish grand tour.

1 month ago

Is this the best start list ever for the Vuelta a España? It sure looks like it

The reigning champions of all three grand tours set to clash at the Spanish grand tour, starting August 26 in Barcelona.

1 month ago

Road to the Vuelta a España for Primož Roglič goes through Burgos

Five-stage Vuelta a Burgos is always a good measure of Vuelta form: Roglič returns to action for first time since winning Giro d'Italia.

9 months ago

2023 Vuelta a España: Tourmalet, Angliru anchor another mountainous edition

Ten summit finales, two time trials, and a typical climb-heavy route highlights the 2023 Vuelta route.

9 months ago

Details revealed of Barcelona start of 2023 Vuelta a España

The 78th edition of the Spanish grand tour opens with a team time trial and features a stage ending atop Montjuic.

9 months ago

Tourmalet, Angliru, a TTT, and more: Here’s what we know about the 2023 Vuelta a España

Eight summit finishes on tap for what typically works out as the wildest grand tour of the season.

12 months ago

More hints of Vuelta a España route for 2023: the Pyrénées and Angliru are back

Barcelona and Madrid are confirmed as the start and finish of the 2023 Spanish grand tour, and organizers promise some 'surprises' in between.

1 year ago

Five conclusions from the 2022 Vuelta a España

From the great Spanish resurgence to a media-machine meltdown, here's the things you need to know from the 2022 Vuelta a España.

1 year ago

When a leadout man beats his sprinter: Juan Sebastián Molano snags unlikely Vuelta a España victory

'I never thought to stop': Colombian leadout man in disbelief after pinching stage win from the favorites in Madrid.

1 year ago

Vuelta a España: Remco Evenepoel wraps up first overall grand tour victory

Juan Sebastian Molano takes the final stage for UAE Team Emirates.

1 year ago

Carlos Rodríguez slides two spots at Vuelta a España in cruel stage 20: ‘I suffered from minute zero’

Ineos Grenadiers' newest GC contender falls from fifth to seventh in final day of classification racing as earlier injuries dig deep.

1 year ago

Enric Mas misses victory but restores Movistar faith at Vuelta a España: ‘We’re back in the battle’

Movistar's final assault on red jersey runs out of steam but Mas books in for second overall after disaster Tour de France.

1 year ago

Chris Froome: Spain’s future talent is definitely safe

Former Vuelta a España winner points to Juan Ayuso and Carlos Rodríguez as stars of the future.

1 year ago

Fred Wright lost for words at Roglič statement: ‘It’s a shame … it’s a shame’

Roglič's teammate Rohan Dennis: 'The only people who can comment are Fred and Primož. It’s a tale of two stories really isn’t it.'

1 year ago

Teen sensation Juan Ayuso on third at Vuelta a España: ‘I’ve proven I can one day win these races’

The 19-year-old Ayuso lives up to hype as next Spanish stage-race supremo with third place on grand tour debut.

1 year ago

Vuelta a España: Remco Evenepoel set to win overall as Richard Carapaz wins stage 20

Thymen Arensman takes second on the final mountain stage but Evenepoel takes a commanding lead into the final stage.

1 year ago

Movistar braces for post-Valverde era as Enric Mas races for redemption at the Vuelta a España

Team boss Unzué confident in team backing for 2023 as it dangles above WorldTour 'relegation zone.'

1 year ago

Fred Wright on British hopes at UCI Road World Championships: ‘We’ve got an underdog team – we could surprise’

Wright set to co-captain youthful British team with options for Wollongong and into the future: 'At some point, one of us will be world champion.'

1 year ago

The current overall standings of the Vuelta a España after stage 19

Everything to fight for on Saturday’s penultimate stage.

1 year ago

Vuelta a España stage 20 preview: A five mountain showdown with Madrid on the horizon

Riders have everything to gain and lose on the final day in the mountains.

1 year ago

Fred Wright pushes back on Roglič allegation: ‘The statement isn’t fair’

Bahrain Victorious officials lambast the Jumbo-Visma response: 'Our rider does not deviate from his racing line before the incident.'

1 year ago

1 year ago

Primož Roglič blames Fred Wright for Vuelta a España-ending crash

Jumbo-Visma team boss, Richard Plugge says that there needs to be a 'change of behavior' in the bunch.

1 year ago

US star Lawson Craddock refused visa to race at Australian world championships

'There’s still a couple options and alleyways we’re pursuing to work it out.' Craddock chasing the paperwork to take top Vuelta a España form to worlds.

Vuelta a Espana Writers

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood, aka “EuroHoody,” is the European editor for Velo. Since joining the title in 2002, he’s been chasing bike races all over the world. He’s covered dozens editions of the spring classics and the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, and Vuelta a España, as well as numerous world championships in road, track, and mountain biking. He’s also covered five Olympic Games and traveled across six continents for bike races. Beyond the Outside cycling network, his work has appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Outside, SKITraveler Magazine, Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, and Denver Post. He’s a voting member of the Velo d’Or prize committee, and he’s appeared on CNN, NBC, NPR, and BBC. Chances are if there’s a bike race, EuroHoody’s been to it, or will be going soon.

Jim Cotton

I’m a UK-based editor and reporter focusing on road racing, training, and nutrition. I’ve developed a bank of experience working on the ground at all three grand tours, Paris-Roubaix, Tour of Flanders, Strade Bianche, road worlds, and many more. I have my own ‘Behind the Ride‘ series of features that digs into how riders in the pro peloton have become the best in the world. It’s a wide-ranging column that’s covered diet, training, recovery, altitude camps, and a lot more. And when I’m not working? After a few decades of mostly dismal results, I’ve hung up the wheels on my bike racing career. Instead, now, I’m training for trail running races … but don’t hold that against me.

Sadhbh O'Shea

Based in the cycling haven of the Isle of Man, Sadhbh O’Shea has been writing about cycling for almost 10 years. She has covered too many bike races to count, including all three grand tours and a whole host of monuments.

Shane Stokes

Shane Stokes has written about pro cycling for over 25 years, covering grand tours, world championships, Classics and other major events in the sport during that time. He’s been the Irish Times cycling correspondent for two decades, appeared regularly on that country’s national broadcaster RTE in analyzing the sport, and contributed to Velo and many of the sport’s international outlets. When not writing about cycling he’s happiest in nature on a sunny day, particularly with a dog or two in tow.

Betsy Welch

Betsy writes about off-road racing, culture, and personalities for Velo and PinkBike. She loves huge adventures on the bike, whether that means all-day alpine mountain biking or credit card touring through Alpine villages in Europe. Some of her most memorable reporting/riding trips (the lines get blurred) include the Migration Gravel Race in Kenya, bikepacking the Colorado Trail, and witnessing the first-ever Tour de France Femmes.  

Will Tracy

Photojournalist & Associate Editor – Outdoor & Endurance at Outside.

Troy Templin

Senior Tech Editor Road & Gravel, Cycling Group

Alvin Holbrook

Hi, my name is Alvin Holbrook. I am the road and gravel tech editor for VELO, but I also cover e-bikes and whatever else piques my interest. Obviously, I love all things bikes, but I also care deeply about urban development and the infrastructure around it that makes going by bike easier. Meet Alvin

How to watch the Vuelta a España

Grand tour season comes to a spectacular close in the next month with the 2023 Vuelta a España. Primož Roglič is back to hunt a fourth red jersey after having to withdraw after stage 16 last year. But a deep field will be standing in his way. Simon Yates, Richard Carapaz, João Almeida, Jai Hindley, Nairo Quintana and Enric Mas are just a selection of the riders racing with an eye on the maillot rojo.

How to watch the 202e Vuelta a España in the United States and Canada

U.S. cycling fans, NBC has got your back. Live coverage and highlights will be available through the broadcaster, with the NBC-owned Peacock streaming service providing online coverage. FloSports will provide a live streaming service in Canada.

How to watch the 2023 Vuelta a España in Europe

European fans can tune in to the Vuelta online via GCN+ or on the partner Eurosport streaming service. Eurosport will also cover the race on its Freeview channel. You can see schedules and details of territory restrictions here.

RTVE (Spain), TV2 (Denmark and Norway), Sporza (Belgium) and NOS (Netherlands) will cover the race in their respective countries.

How to watch the 2023 Vuelta a España in Australia

Fans Down Under can set their alarms early for a live broadcast via SBS On Demand.