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Vuelta a España 2022

DATES: August 19 - September 11
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

Sam Bennett holds green jersey in Vuelta a España as Mads Pedersen inches closer

‘We only wanted the intermediate today, limit the losses.’

9 months ago

Vuelta a España stage 5 preview: Lots of climbs and no gifts in the Basque hills

Long lumpy stage set to take the pain from Tuesday and add a few more percent in parcours suited to Roglič, GC contenders, and pure puncheurs.

9 months ago

Mads Pedersen: ‘We are really here to win this green jersey’ at Vuelta a España

Danish rider finishes second on stage 4 to pick up points, beats Bennett in intermediate sprint.

9 months ago

Ben O’Connor passes first exam at Vuelta a España: ‘I haven’t raced a proper stage in months’

O'Connor takes long view on Vuelta GC battle: 'You don't want to burn your matches early.'

9 months ago

Enric Mas stands tall in first GC scrum at Vuelta a España

Movistar's Alejandro Valverde is backing Mas: 'To finish third here today is a sign that he’s feeling strong.'

9 months ago

Vuelta a España: Primož Roglič proves he’s back on track in first GC throw down

Roglič cautions despite early warning flare: 'It's just the beginning of the Vuelta.'

9 months ago

Vuelta a España stage 4: Primož Roglič scores hilltop sprint, secures red jersey

Jumbo-Visma rider powers away from the pack on the final rise to the line to become the fourth from the team to wear the red jersey.

9 months ago

Chris Froome on Woods’ exit: ‘It changes our goals’ at Vuelta a España

Froome on ambitions: 'I hope to target one or two stages in the back end of the Vuelta.'

9 months ago

Vuelta a España: No nostalgia yet for stage-hunting Vincenzo Nibali

A winner in 2010, Nibali hoping to go out with a Vuelta bang: 'The road will tell me quickly where I am at.'

9 months ago

Richard Carapaz not fazed by Giro defeat at Vuelta a España: ‘I have no doubts about my performance’

Ecuadorian vows he's committed to Ineos Grenadiers in final grand tour with team, braces against notion of solo leadership.

9 months ago

Fred Wright aiming for the sky at Vuelta a España: ‘A big win is just around the corner’

The versatile Bahrain-Victorious rider on pinpointing who he is as a racer, Tour de France attacks, chasing his first pro win and relaxing with a Rubik's cube.

9 months ago

Vuelta a España hits Spain’s ‘green coast’ to put the peloton into the red

Week 1 preview: After three nervous days in the Netherlands, the peloton faces a challenging week littered with climbs and possibly heavy rain.

9 months ago

Did the ‘big starts’ deliver? Rating the Giro d’Italia, Tour de France, Vuelta a España’s overseas openers

Budapest, Denmark, the Netherlands: Racing action and spectacle, cash-cows and chaos, or necessary evil?

9 months ago

Vuelta a España stage 4 preview: Racing hits Spain with a Basque bang and a harrowing uphill finish

Hilltop sprint and bike-mad Basque crowds will see peloton shaken to life after Dutch start.

9 months ago

Vuelta a España: Alejandro Valverde, Mikel Landa criticize urban circuits in Dutch stages

Spanish riders relieved to leave behind narrow Dutch roads packed with traffic furniture as Vuelta returns to Spain.

9 months ago

Vuelta a España: Can a new team enter the grand tour winner’s club?

The modern era of the 'super teams' is dominating grand tour racing — will this Vuelta reshuffle the deck?

9 months ago

Sepp Kuss: ‘I’d rather not have the Vuelta a España lead’

The Colorado climber on ambitions, the opening three days in the Netherlands, and why the Vuelta is a race he loves.

10 months ago

Primož Roglič and Jumbo-Visma in ‘perfect situation’ after dominant Dutch start

'I don't need the red jersey until Madrid,' Slovenian jokes; sports director Niermann says Roglič still feels back pain.

10 months ago

Vuelta a España: Richard Carapaz fine after crash with cone on stage 3

Ecuadorean laughing about "little tumble" after the finish as Ineos Grenadiers count themselves satisfied with good Vuelta start.

10 months ago

Vuelta a España stage 3: Sam Bennett doubles up with sprint victory

Mads Pedersen finishes second for the second day in a row as Edoardo Affini takes red jersey for Jumbo-Visma.

10 months ago

Michael Woods out of Vuelta a España in stage 3 crash

More bad luck for Canadian climber who abandoned Tour de France on last day with COVID-19.

10 months ago

Steff Cras first rider out of Vuelta a España after high-speed crash: ‘It was my biggest goal of the season’

Lotto Soudal rider out of Vuelta with broken wrist and elbow before the race even sees Spain.

10 months ago

10 months ago

Jai Hindley: Vuelta a España time loss to rivals is ‘not the end of the world’

Giro d'Italia champion on nervy opening road stage and what teammate Sam Bennett's stage 2 win means.

10 months ago

Sam Bennett: Vuelta a España stage win should be the turning point

Irishman’s second win of season removes some pressure but the points jersey hunter says there’s still more to come.

10 months ago

Vuelta a España stage 2: Sam Bennett blasts back in big bunch sprint

Irishman roars back to the top to end frustrating period.

10 months ago

Vuelta a España: Jake Stewart making grand tour debut with good legs and confidence

Fresh off his first pro win, the Groupama-FDJ youngster is a potential outsider for punchy sprint finishes.

10 months ago

Remco Evenepoel reflects on Vuelta a España opener: ‘It was about limiting our losses’

Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl leader happy with third-place TTT start and has say on using the Specialized TT5 head sock helmet.

10 months ago

Doing the Vuelta a España with 24 hours’ notice: Floris De Tier’s race from Tour of Denmark to the Netherlands

Planes, bikes and automobiles for last-minute Alpecin-Deceuninck replacement: 'I won’t forget this moment for the rest of my life'

10 months ago

Arkéa-Samsic director: ‘No idea’ where tramadol in Nairo Quintana case came from

French team waiting for clarification in Quintana case before making a judgement.

10 months ago

Commentary: Why the Vuelta a España is the best grand tour of the year

Vuelta a Hoody: There's a sense of anarchy this month that will only reconfirm La Vuelta as the season's most entertaining race.

10 months ago

Simon Yates relies on ‘blind faith’ as wet roads dampen Vuelta a España start for BikeExchange

Yates finishes 31 seconds back in Vuelta team time trial as director rues unfavorable conditions for BikeExchange's start.

10 months ago

Rod Ellingworth happy with strong Vuelta a España start for Richard Carapaz

Ineos Grenadiers deputy principal calls their Vuelta TTT a "bloody good ride" while white jersey wearer Hayter reflects on grand tour debut.

10 months ago

Vuelta a España: Jumbo-Visma tears to TTT triumph to set tone on Primož Roglic title defense

Jumbo-Visma tops Ineos Grenadiers and Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl in Utrecht opener, with Robert Gesink scoring the first red jersey.

10 months ago

Vuelta a España: Hugh Carthy aims for top 5

The 2020 Vuelta podium finisher looks to end season on a high after so-so season.

10 months ago

Four North Americans to light up the Vuelta a España: Stage-hunters and podium dreamers

Though it's a thinner number compared to the Tour de France, the North Americans will be at the sharp end of the action.

10 months ago

Is Thymen Arensman the real deal? Dutch GC promise steps into leader’s shoes at Vuelta a España

Arensman embarks on 'voyage of discovery' with first full grand tour leadership role.

10 months ago

Vuelta a España stage 1 preview: Rain could shape result of Utrecht team time trial

Jumbo-Visma lines up as favorites in evening opener that might come down to balance between speed and safety.

10 months ago

Michael Woods loves the Vuelta a España, but can he turn that into GC success?

The Canadian has a lot of promise as a grand tour rider, but he's only once made it into the top 10.

10 months ago

Gino Mäder to donate money to environmental charities for every rider he beats in 2022

The Swiss will donate 1 CHF to charity for every rider he beats this season. So far he's beat over 3,000 and he's got the Vuelta a España next.

10 months ago

Commentary: Can Sam Bennett salvage his season at the Vuelta a España?

It’s a question of identity as the Irishman looks to ‘find himself’ and return to the top step of the podium.

10 months ago

Vuelta a España: Movistar to wear special jerseys to honor Alejandro Valverde

Movistar will change its team kit from blue to white during the Vuelta a España to honor Valverde in his final grand tour.

10 months ago

Vuelta a España: Starting times for team time trial

Burgos-BH starts first and Jumbo-Visma is last off the ramp to open the 2022 Vuelta.

10 months ago

Vuelta a España: Mikel Landa plays down chance of finding miracle form

'I would like to be competitive, but this time I don't arrive in the same form,' says Bahrain-Victorious rider.

10 months ago

Commentary: Is Primož Roglič pushing himself too far at Vuelta a España after Tour de France injuries?

The Slovenian is preparing for a bid to take his fourth Vuelta just weeks after breaking two vertebrae.

10 months ago

Vuelta a España: Brandon McNulty granted greater freedom than at Tour de France

'I want to compete in the grand tour game one day, whenever it comes,' says American rider.

10 months ago

Ben O’Connor: Finishing on Vuelta a España podium is the dream scenario

Recovered from his Tour injuries and COVID-19, Australian wants to go on the attack and complete grand tour stage win trilogy in Spain.

10 months ago

7 riders with a point to prove at the Vuelta a España

It's the last grand tour of 2022 and for a number of reasons these riders will be hoping to leave their mark on the race.

10 months ago

Vuelta a España: Alejandro Valverde draws curtains with stage win ambitions

Enric Mas taking it 'day by day' as Valverde fires the 'last bullet' in Vuelta farewell.

10 months ago

Primož Roglič: ‘I’m ready’ for Vuelta a España defense

Jumbo-Visma favorite reflects on injury discomfort, Remco Evenepoel threat and how he got over Tour de France disappointment.

10 months ago

Vuelta a España: Simon Yates warns it ‘would be silly’ to count out Remco Evenepoel

After a knee injury took Yates out of the Giro d'Italia, he returns to the Vuelta for the first time since winning in 2018 with every intention of winning again.

10 months ago

Chris Froome: Relegation battle won’t impact Israel-Premier Tech tactics at Vuelta a España

Froome says the first week of the Vuelta will be about survival before he targets stages later in the race.

10 months ago

‘I’ve not been feeling great’: João Almeida downplays Vuelta a España form

Portuguese captain uncertain after sub-optimal preparation, while talented teenage teammate Juan Ayuso looks to enjoy debut grand tour.

10 months ago

Vuelta a España: Esteban Chaves, Hugh Carthy, and Rigoberto Urán lead EF Education-EasyPost

American team brings a three-pronged attack into the final grand tour of the season.

10 months ago

Vuelta a España: No Jack Haig as Bahrain Victorious brings mix of GC, stage-hunters

Mikel Landa and Gino Mäder headline the team's GC push to top its breakout 2021 performances.

10 months ago

How do riders recover from the Tour de France and train to be ready for the Vuelta a España?

Riders and trainers share the art and science behind recovering from a grand tour to be in top form again one month later.

10 months ago

A record six former winners to square off at Vuelta a España

The return of ex-champions Nibali, Froome, Valverde, Yates, Quintana, and Roglič marks a record for the Spanish grand tour.

10 months ago

Jai Hindley: We’ll let the road decide at the Vuelta a España, like the Giro

Hindley 'going into the unknown' at Vuelta and expects no problems finding GC balance with Bora-Hansgrohe teammates Kelderman and Higuita.

10 months ago

Vuelta a España: Analyzing the Ineos Grenadiers team

A mix of youth and experience for the British WorldTour team ahead of the final grand tour of the season.

10 months ago

Emmanuel Buchmann out of Vuelta a España with infection

The German rider will be replaced by Matteo Fabbro in Bora-Hansgrohe's lineup.

10 months ago

Vuelta a España: ‘COVID hit me harder than expected,’ says Chris Froome

Michael Woods handed leadership for final grand tour of 2022.

10 months ago

Quick-Step boss Patrick Lefevere: ‘I don’t pay Julian Alaphilippe to win world championships’

Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl chief expects Alaphilippe to be hunting for more than world championship form at the Vuelta a España.

10 months ago

Nairo Quintana hoping to ‘do a Geraint Thomas’ with Vuelta a España podium bid

Quintana hails Thomas' ride to the podium in the Tour de France as example of how cycling's elder statesmen can stand up to the 'youth boom.'

10 months ago

Vuelta a España: 5 key stages

The Vuelta a España is packed with difficult days throughout, including eight summit finishes and much more.

10 months ago

Julian Alaphilippe confirmed for stage-hunting extravaganza at Vuelta a España

Alaphilippe looking to salvage season at Spanish tour as Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl confirms climber crew to support Remco Evenepoel.

10 months ago

10 months ago

Jumbo-Visma gives Primož Roglič the green light for Vuelta a España

Sepp Kuss and Rohan Dennis make part of the Dutch team for the final grand tour of the season.

10 months ago

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10 months ago

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10 months ago

Jumbo-Visma to decide on Primož Roglič’s Vuelta a España participation Monday

Three-time defending champion still not a certainty for 2022 Vuelta.

10 months ago

Evenepoel is a winner, he’s a killer, but his Vuelta a España hopes are a mystery, says Lefevere

'Julian Alaphilippe is a bit of a mystery this year. The whole season he has fought against bad luck,' Lefevere says of his world champion.

10 months ago

10 months ago

Analyzing Bora-Hansgrohe’s Vuelta a España lineup

The German squad brings a wealth of GC talent, including Giro winner Jai Hindley, and looks set to target sprints with Sam Bennett and Danny van Poppel.

10 months ago

Vuelta a España: Top 10 riders to watch

The Spanish grand tour is often the proving ground for future grand tour champions. Here's a look at who will be in the running for the red jersey.

10 months ago

Vuelta a España: Trek-Segafredo bringing top stage-hunters

Mads Pedersen and Juan Pedro López headline Vuelta squad focused on stages without forgetting the GC.

10 months ago

Simon Yates: ‘We are going to the Vuelta a España to win’

British climber leads Team BikeExchange alongside Kaden Groves.

10 months ago

An ice sock stuck in derailleur melts George Bennett’s GC hopes at Tour de l’Ain

Despite attacking in the final, a freak incident in Wednesday's decisive climbing stage cost Bennett a chance to win the overall.

10 months ago

2022 Vuelta a España teams

Names, quick facts, and the jerseys of the teams competing in the 2022 Vuelta a España.

Vuelta a Espana Writers

Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson is the Editor in Chief at 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.