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Vuelta a España 2022

DATES: August 19 - September 11
STAGES: 21
REST DAYS: 3
START: Utrecht
FINISH: Madrid

Vuelta a España race results

Stage 2

Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) ended a long wait for another grand tour stage victory, clocking up success on the first sprint stage of the Vuelta a España on Saturday.

The Irishman had a perfect leadout from his Bora-Hansgrohe team and finished half a length clear of Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segefredo) and Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Deceuninck) in Utrecht.

Full report and results.

Stage 1

Primož Roglič and Jumbo-Visma set the tone on their triple title defense with a dominant team time trial victory in the opening stage of the 2022 Vuelta a España.

The Dutch team Jumbo-Visma blitzed the 23.3km test through Utrecht, the Netherlands, to place Robert Gesink into the red leader's jersey and deliver Primož Roglič the perfect start after his layoff with Tour de France injuries.

Full report and results.

Vuelta a España contenders

The Vuelta a España is the final grand tour of the season and possibly the most unpredictable of the three-week races.

With a tough season in the legs and a mixed bag of general classification contenders with hugely varied buildups to the event, anything can happen. Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe), Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco), Mikel Landa (Bahrain-Merida), João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates), and Enric Mas (Movistar) are all expected to be on the start line targeting the GC.

Primož Roglič will be racing despite the fact that he suffered a big crash at the Tour de France in July. Meanwhile, Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) has talked down his chances of a GC result, but he’ll be one to watch.

The Vuelta is rarely a race for the sprinters but there will be some in attendance with Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe), Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo), Pascal Ackermann (UAE Team Emirates), Kaden Groves (BikeExchange-Jayco), and Bryan Coquard (Cofidis) heading to Spain.

Vuelta a España route

Utrecht in the Netherlands plays host to the opening three stages, providing team time trial and some rare flat days for the peloton. Once the race returns to Spain, the profiles start getting a little lumpier with the first summit finish to Ascensión al Pico Jano. San Miguel de Aguayo coming on stage 6. Week one then closes with a summit finish double header at Colláu Fancuaya and Les Praeres Nava.

The one and only ITT opens up the second week, with a 31.1km ride from Elche to Alicante. There will be a few sprint chances as the race progresses, but they’re punctuated by some tough mountain days. It’s the Vuelta and we wouldn’t expect anything less. In fact, there are eight big summit finishes throughout the race, something that will push the riders to their limits.

Vuelta a España key features

Vuelta a España teams

Vuelta a España recent winners

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

9 months ago

Vuelta a España: COVID-19 withdrawals climb to 23 as two more riders quit

Boy van Poppel and Santiago Buitrago the latest to leave due to the virus.


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Vuelta a España stage 12 preview: Small gains to be made in the GC on Peñas Blancas summit finish

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Vuelta a España: Some welcome news for Julian Alaphilippe after race-ending crash

Frenchman to undergo further scans on Thursday but initial assessment offers hope.


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Evenepoel hit a pre-Vuelta training camp in Calpe to get used to Spain's summer heat and humidity.


9 months ago

Remco Evenepoel laments ‘stupid loss’ of Julian Alaphilippe to crash at Vuelta a España

World champion's exit leaves Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl down to six riders to defend red.


9 months ago

Thomas De Gendt: ‘What Remco is doing at Vuelta a España is not beyond expectations’

Evenepoel is in pole position to become Belgium's first grand tour winner since Johan De Muynck won the Giro d'Italia in 1978.


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Vuelta a España: Julian Alaphilippe crashes out

Race leader Remco Evenepoel loses a key helper after world champion transported away in an ambulance.


9 months ago

Brandon McNulty: ‘I’ve had a great season’ but illness slows down Vuelta a España debut

McNulty on bad luck: 'It's been a really good season. it's hard now, but I hope to get back to winning soon.'


9 months ago

Vuelta a España: Danny van Poppel again thrust back into grand tour sprint role

As was the case in the Tour de France, Dutchman again gets unexpected opportunity.


9 months ago

Vuelta a España: Sam Bennett thought team was ‘having a laugh’ when he found out he had COVID-19

Bora-Hansgrohe rider says he has 'no way of knowing' how he got infected but describes being able to smell the breath of fans as the peloton rides by.


9 months ago

Vuelta a España: Simon Yates abandons due to COVID-19

The BikeExchange-Jayco rider is the 16th to leave with COVID-19 since the race began.


9 months ago

Vuelta a España: Lawson Craddock, Simon Yates see boost in decisive time trial

Yates climbs into fifth overall while Craddock hits his second top-10 of the 2022 Vuelta.


9 months ago

Tao Geoghegan Hart: Humidity at Vuelta a España has been ‘like in a jungle’

Ineos Grenadiers gets three into top 10 in stage 10 time trial after strong showing in Alicante.


9 months ago

Remco Evenepoel on Vuelta a España: ‘Now we will fight to win this Vuelta’

With his first career grand tour stage win in the bag, Evenepoel and Quick-Step turn their attention to finishing off the 2022 Vuelta.


9 months ago

Primož Roglič on Vuelta a España: ‘Remco is on a different level’

Three-time defending champion moves up, but cedes 48 seconds and drops to 2:41 back.


9 months ago

Vuelta a España stage 10: Remco Evenepoel blitzes his rivals with dominant TT win

The Belgian expands his lead at the top of the overall classification.


9 months ago

Vuelta a España: COVID-19 ends Sam Bennett’s green jersey hopes

The Irishman pulled out of the Spanish grand tour ahead of his time trial start.


9 months ago

Esteban Chaves looking for redemption at Vuelta a España

Colombian climber struggling to meet expectations: 'I feel like I let the team down.'


9 months ago

How long can the ‘Remco Rampage’ last at the Vuelta a España?

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9 months ago

Ethan Hayter out of Vuelta a España with COVID-19

So far, 14 riders have abandoned the Vuelta a España after catching COVID.


9 months ago

Luke Plapp: Vuelta a España is a different sport compared to the last 10 years of my life

'I’m just taking it one day at a time and if I can make it to Madrid that would feel like an awesome achievement,' says grand tour debutant.


9 months ago

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9 months ago

Vuelta a España stage 10 preview: Remco Evenepoel’s chance to put several rivals out of contention

Riders inside the top-10 will be aiming to limit their losses and then hope the Belgian cracks later in the race.


9 months ago

João Almeida: Only Tadej Pogačar could follow Remco Evenepoel at the Vuelta a España right now

UAE Team Emirates pairing of João Almeida and Juan Ayuso say Remco Evenepoel is 'almost unbeatable' at the moment but there's a lot more to come at the Vuelta.


9 months ago

Remco Evenepoel: I’m a different rider to the one who started the Giro d’Italia last year

"I ask for turns. I asked for turns from Enric but I have advice from within the team to just stay calm if they don’t want to work,' says Vuelta leader.


9 months ago

Vuelta a España stage 10 TT start times

Floris De Tier will kick off the second week of racing at 13:52 CEST while Remco Evenepoel sets off last at 16:55 CEST as he looks to put more time into his rivals.


9 months ago

Enric Mas promises ‘all or nothing’ against Remco Evenepoel at Vuelta a España

Movistar climber vows to go down swinging: 'We don't know if Remco will blow up or not.'


9 months ago

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Vuelta a España: Enric Mas goes into red trying to follow Evenepoel: ‘Next time I’ll know better’

Movistar climber defends second but it proves costly: 'I went too deep trying to follow Remco.'


9 months ago

Remco Evenepoel blows doors off everyone at Vuelta a España

Evenepoel tightens grip on red jersey: 'I had the legs to go full throttle.'


9 months ago

Vuelta a España: Primož Roglič ‘limited damage’ in Evenepoel raid

DS Niermann on Roglič: 'He is not 100 percent but he is close and still in the fight.'


9 months ago

Vuelta a Espana stage 9: Louis Meintjes wins from the break, Remco Evenepoel makes gains

South African takes first grand tour stage win, race leader tightens grip on red.


9 months ago

Vuelta a España: Carlos Rodríguez proving he deserves grand tour status for Ineos Grenadiers

Young Spanish national champion is impressing so far in his Vuelta debut.


9 months ago

Sepp Kuss leaves Vuelta a España with fever in hammerblow to Primož Roglič title defense

Kuss piloted Roglič through the Slovenian's three rides to red jersey and helped tow Jonas Vingegaard to top of the Tour de France.


9 months ago

Jai Hindley down but not out at Vuelta a España: ‘The race is far from over’

Giro d'Italia champ loses another minute on GC on stage 8, Bora-Hansgrohe co-captains Higuita and Kelderman drop further out of range of red.


9 months ago

Wout Poels, Pieter Serry latest to leave Vuelta a España with COVID

Quick-Step workhorse Serry's departure leaves Vuelta leader Remco Evenepoel short of key climber.


9 months ago

Jay Vine ambitious for more at Vuelta a España: ‘I really had fun racing my bike today’

Australian takes second stage win in three days and dominates King of the Mountains standings.


9 months ago

Vuelta a España stage 9 preview: Another stage, another Asturian leg-snapper summit finish

Can Remco Evenepoel defend red once again? A second severe stage in the Asturias will test weary Quick-Step legs to the limit.


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Vuelta a España: Tao Geoghegan Hart taking the long view

Spanish grand tour rookie Carlos Rodríguez is leading the powerful Ineos Grenadiers lineup after a week of racing.


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Vuelta a España: GC expands behind Remco Evenepoel in misty mountaintop mayhem

Evenepoel leads home Primož Roglič and Enric Mas at close of stage 8 to further separate the Vuelta's 'big three' from chasing pack.


9 months ago

Ineos Grenadiers director on Remco Evenepoel: ‘For sure he can win the Vuelta a España’

Evenepoel's stock is rising among his direct rivals as Ineos Grenadiers loses two of its GC options Saturday.


9 months ago

Vuelta a Espana stage 8: Jay Vine doubles up with second summit victory

Australian dominates the day's climbs to take over king of the mountains competition.


9 months ago

Vuelta a España: Fred Wright, Harry Sweeny lament missed chance

For every winner, there are plenty of regrets and frustration across the peloton.


9 months ago

Vuelta a España: Sam Bennett rues missed opportunity for stage win

Irishman extends lead in green jersey competition on a day he expected to lose out.


9 months ago

Vuelta a España stage 8 preview: Cruel new kingmaker climb closes Asturian onslaught

New climb the Colláu Fancuaya brings explosive Asturian stage to punishing conclusion with 19 percent grades and stepped profile.


9 months ago

Ineos Grenadiers DS: ‘Next three stages are decisive’ for Vuelta a España leadership

Matteo Tosatto says 'the legs will decide' who will be the GC leader at British squad.


9 months ago

Vuelta a España: Mads Pedersen’s plans don’t pay off as breakaway takes the win

Trek-Segafredo put in a lot of work over the day's only climb on stage 7, but it wasn't enough to bring back the break.


9 months ago

Remco Evenepoel wants to defend Vuelta a España lead ahead of TT

Evenepoel says he hopes to carry red into next week's individual time trial.


9 months ago

Vuelta a España stage 7: Jesús Herrada wins as breakaway holds off peloton

Less than a minute in it as the breakaway takes the win, despite a determined chase from the peloton.


9 months ago

Sepp Kuss: ‘No need to panic’ at Vuelta a España

American climber plays down losses to Remco Evenepoel in decisive GC salvo.


9 months ago

Sam Bennett misses green jersey ceremony as Vuelta a España staff pack away podium around him

Bennett finished stage 6 in the grupetto, which finished almost over 36 minutes behind the day's winner Jay Vine.


9 months ago

Vuelta a España: Ben O’Connor ‘saved’ bad day on first summit finish

AG2R-Citroën loses two riders after Jaakko Hanninen and Andrea Vendrame test positive for COVID-19.


9 months ago

Chris Froome on Alejandro Valverde: ‘He’s an inspiration’ for older riders in peloton

Froome impressed with Valverde's consistency: 'He can sustain a high level all season long.'


9 months ago

Vuelta a España stage 7 preview: A big chance for the breakaway

The 2022 Vuelta a España has been fruitful for the breakaway so far and stage 7 is another very good opportunity for the win.


9 months ago

From Zwift Academy to Vuelta a España glory: Jay Vine’s incredible WorldTour journey

Vine on first pro win: 'It was a dream come true, even more so because I've been so close so often.'


9 months ago

Remco Evenepoel: ‘It’s too early to say I can win’ the Vuelta a España

Evenepoel compares the red jersey to his victory at Liège-Bastogne-Liège: 'My first leader's jersey is an amazing feeling.'


9 months ago

Vuelta a España: Remco Evenepoel, Enric Mas gain big, as Richard Carapaz, Mikel Landa lose time

Richard Carapaz loses 2:44 to Remco Evenepoel on the Vuelta's first summit finish as Mikel Landa slips out of contention after finishing over six minutes down.


9 months ago

Vuelta a España: Juan Ayuso emerges from mist as Spain’s next big thing

The 19-year-old Ayuso dropped the favorites Thursday in stage 6 to climb into the top-5 overall.


9 months ago

Vuelta a España: Primož Roglič ‘didn’t have the legs’ to follow

The three-time Vuelta winner couldn't match Evenepoel, Mas or Ayuso on the late attacks on Pico Jano.


9 months ago

How far can Remco go in the Vuelta a España? Evenepoel delivers on GC hype to roar into lead

Evenepoel accelerates away from direct GC rivals on Pico Jano: 'I’ve been focusing on this the past two or three months.'


9 months ago

Vuelta a España stage 6: Jay Vine conquers the rainy conditions to win, Remco Evenepoel in red

The Australian fends off a chase from Remco Evenepoel and Enric Mas, who make time on all the other GC contenders.


9 months ago

Vuelta a España: Carl Fredrik Hagen crashes heavily in first grand tour since 2020

Norwegian climber continued in the race in what's his first grand tour since a devastating spill in 2021 that nearly ended his career.


9 months ago

Jan Hirt becomes second rider to retire from Vuelta a España with COVID-19

Two positive cases in two days will raise caution levels at race.


9 months ago

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Remco Evenepoel: The Vuelta a España GC fight will ‘explode’ on stage 6 summit finish

The riders will tackle the first major mountain stage of this year's race with two more to come at the weekend.


9 months ago

Fred Wright takes white jersey at Vuelta a España but wanted more

Bahrain Victorious rider believed solo winner Marc Soler would be caught.


9 months ago

Vuelta a España stage 6 preview: The first high mountain day set to shake things up

Three categorized climbs including a difficult finish should reshuffle the GC.


9 months ago

Vuelta a España: Jake Stewart impresses, Rudy Molard takes race lead

Stewart rides aggressively in first grand tour, sets teammate up for red jersey.


9 months ago

Lawson Craddock rolls dice in Vuelta a España breakaway: ‘I played my cards’

Craddock on racing through a sea of Basque fans: 'I will remember that for a long time.'


9 months ago

Marc Soler ends Spanish stage win drought at Vuelta a España

The victory is Spain's first stage in any grand tour since Ion Izagirre in the 2020 Vuelta.


9 months ago

Vuelta a España stage 5: Marc Soler holds off chasers to win in Bilbao

The Spanish rider soloes to the stage win as Rudy Molard takes the race lead.


9 months ago

Euskaltel-Euskadi doubly motivated to race on ‘home roads’ at Vuelta a España

Basque-backed team racing with pride and ambition on 'home roads' in quest in return to glory.


9 months ago

Lawson Craddock: ‘We are racing to win the Vuelta a España’

Craddock talks Yates, time bonuses, and the team's chase for UCI points in this exclusive interview.


9 months ago

First COVID withdrawal from Vuelta a España as Daan Hoole leaves race

Hoole tested positive after developing a sore throat overnight.


9 months ago

Vuelta a España: Remco Evenepoel keeping cool under early race heat

Belgian star says it was 'mission accomplished' in first major GC tussle at the Spanish grand tour.


Vuelta a Espana Writers

Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson is the Editor in Chief at VeloNews.com. Before that, he was the EIC at Cyclingnews between 2008 and 2022. Originally from Ireland but based in the UK, he has reported from over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several world championships across Europe, three editions of the Tour Down Under, the Spring Classics, the London 2012 Olympic Games, and numerous other major cycling events. Daniel plans the global race and news coverage for VeloNews and works alongside the rest of the excellent editorial team in ensuring that the site’s reporting delivers to its loyal and respected readership. Rides: Pinarello, Cinelli, and Cannondale.

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood, aka “EuroHoody,” is the VeloNews European editor. Since joining VeloNews in 2002, he’s been chasing bike races all over the world. He’s covered dozens editions of 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. Beyond the Outside cycling network, his work’s appeared in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Outside, SKITraveler Magazine, Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, and Denver Post. 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.

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.

Jim Cotton

Jim is a UK-based editor and reporter. With experience on the ground at the Giro d’Italia, Paris-Roubaix, Strade Bianche, road worlds, UAE Tour and many others, Jim has worked some of the biggest races in the world. Like any aspirational WorldTour rookie, he knows that a Tour de France debut is around the corner. Jim covers a lot of race reports while also focussing on deep dives into the dynamics, personalities and training at the top of the sport. And where are many of those story ideas dreamed up? While out training for trail running races – but don’t hold that against him.

Betsy Welch

Betsy is a senior editor at VeloNews. Before that, she was a Spanish teacher and most recently, a Registered Nurse working in community health. She’s been freelancing about bikes and other outdoors and health-related topics for over a decade. When she’s not riding or writing, Betsy adores traveling. In 2016, she started, and will one day finish, bikepacking the length of the Baja Divide.

How to watch the Vuelta a España

Grand tour season comes to a spectacular close in the next month with the 2022 Vuelta a España. Primož Roglič is back to hunt a fourth consecutive red jersey, 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 2022 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 2022 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 2022 Vuelta a España in Australia

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