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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

10 months ago

João Almeida on Vuelta a España: ‘I’ll do everything I can but I’ll keep my feet on the ground’

'It’s sad that Tadej can’t go there as I would have had a lot of pleasure racing with him,' says UAE Team Emirates rider.

10 months ago

Remco Evenepoel says Tadej Pogačar is ‘still the best rider in the world’

Belgian defends Pogačar against suggestion that he 'cracked' during the Tour de France: 'What Tadej did is still incredible.'

10 months ago

COVID-19 cases won’t be automatically removed from Vuelta a España

Spanish grand tour adopting same COVID-19 rules applied during the Tour de France this summer.

10 months ago

Pedro Delgado laments lack of Spanish stars: ‘We need a new rider of reference’

Former Tour-winner Delgado says Spanish fans feel 'like orphans' as other nations dominate the Tour de France and Vuelta a España.

10 months ago

Luis Ángel Maté promises to plant a tree for every breakaway kilometer during Vuelta a España

Veteran Spanish pro wants to help reforest an area near his home and training grounds hit by wildfire last year.

10 months ago

BikeExchange-Jayco to keep pedal to the floor at Vuelta a España

After a wildly successful Tour de France with two stage victories, the Aussie team wants to keep the party going at the Vuelta.

10 months ago

Vuelta a España: Mikel Landa downplays podium hopes

Spanish GC star finally put a series of grand tour setbacks and close calls to bed with third at the 2022 Giro d'Italia.

10 months ago

Vuelta a España preview: Fireworks assured with world-class start list

This year's edition of the Spanish grand tour lives up to its climber's reputation with no less than eight summit finishes.

10 months ago

Pavel Sivakov: I’d be up for Vuelta a España GC challenge

French rider back in the mix after taking first GC win since 2019 at Vuelta a Burgos.

10 months ago

Primož Roglič back on bike as Jumbo-Visma mulls Vuelta a España strategy

Sepp Kuss slated to start Spanish tour as Jumbo-Visma keeps options open: 'If Roglič is not there, it will totally change the approach.'

10 months ago

Patrick Lefevere says Remco Evenepoel is ‘completely different rider’ from last year’s Giro d’Italia

Lighter and more experienced, Evenepoel looking better than ever ahead of Vuelta a España debut.

10 months ago

Egan Bernal not racing Burgos and the Vuelta a España remains uncertain

Speculation about Bernal's comeback has been building since Bernal returned to Europe last month and joined his teammates on a high-altitude training camp in Andorra.

10 months ago

Primož Roglič still ‘wait-and-see’ if he can defend Vuelta a España title

Tadej Pogačar unconfirmed, but Jai Hindley, Remco Evenepoel, Richard Carapaz, Vincenzo Nibali, Alejandro Valverde and Mikel Landa all set for Spanish grand tour.

12 months ago

Vuelta a España to award special leaders jerseys for Dutch stages

The 2022 Spanish grand tour opens with three stages in the Netherlands.

1 year ago

Barcelona to host start of 2023 Vuelta a España

Spanish grand tour confirms that Barcelona will host the start of the 2023 edition.

1 year ago

Enric Mas puts Vuelta a España victory on to-do list for 2022

Spanish star looks to bring Movistar victory on home roads as he takes full leadership after exit of Miguel Ángel López.

1 year ago

Climb-heavy 2022 Vuelta a España route to start in Holland

The 77th edition of the Spanish grand tour will run from August 19 to September 11.

1 year ago

Vuelta a España likely to see five new summit finales in 2022

The official route for the 2022 edition will be revealed Thursday evening in Spain, and event organizers promise to live up to expectations of a climb-heavy course.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España: 5 moments that made the race

From Primož Roglič and Egan Bernal going on the attack to Miguel Ángel López's dramatic departure from the race, these are the moments that made the 2021 Vuelta a España.

2 years ago

VeloNews Podcast: Movistar vs. Miguel Ángel López; Lauren Stephens interview

This week we discuss the war of words between Movistar and Miguel Ángel López, and hear from Lauren Stephens on overcoming setbacks.

2 years ago

How Óscar Pereiro set the trap that caught out Miguel Ángel López and changed the Vuelta a España

2006 Tour de France winner designed the climb-riddled finale that shook up the GC and provoked an angry López to quit the Vuelta.

2 years ago

Fallout for Miguel Ángel López could be costly as Movistar might reconsider contract extension

Movistar teammate Imanol Erviti said 'it was impossible' to convince López to try to finish the stage Saturday, while a Colombian senator blames Movistar.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España: Jack Haig and Gino Mäder shine for Bahrain-Victorious in wake of Mikel Landa fade

Podium place boosts Haig's season after Tour de France crash and missed Olympics, while Mäder takes breakthrough grand tour performance with fifth.

2 years ago

Eusebio Unzué said there was ‘no way’ to convince Miguel Ángel López to carry on

Veteran manager said he's 'never seen anything like it' in his 40-year career after López abandoned the Vuelta a España.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España: Primož Roglič in class of his own in near-perfect treble

The battle for leftovers began early in a Vuelta book-ended by time trials that set up Roglič for his most comfortable GC win yet.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España stage 21: Primož Roglič wins the final time trial to claim his third overall title

Enric Mas (Movistar) and Jack Haig (Bahrain-Victorious) also secure their final podium positions in the 33.8km time trial.

2 years ago

Report: Coach of Miguel Ángel López says Movistar ordered him to stop pulling

Colombian newspaper quotes trainer saying Movistar told Miguel Ángel López to stop pulling in order to secure second place for Enric Mas.

2 years ago

‘Superman’ López offers his version of why he abruptly left the Vuelta a España

Colombian riders says 'many factors' added up to his abrupt exit from the Spanish grand tour with only one stage left to go.

2 years ago

Commentary: Miguel Ángel López will regret walking away from the Vuelta a España

Colombian media says Miguel Ángel López's hasty exit came after team told him not to pull. Even if it's true, López is likely to regret his decision.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España: All your funny tweets about Clément Champoussin’s heroic win

Clément Champoussin's whimsical stage win gave us plenty to cheer for at the Vuelta a España. Here's how the moment was captured on twitter.

2 years ago

Miguel Ángel López quits Vuelta a España after podium spot slips away

Updated: Colombian media cites unnamed sources suggesting López was angered over orders to stop pulling.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España stage 20: Clément Champoussin attacks to glory as Primož Roglič defends red

Breakaway rider Clément Champoussin survived an onslaught by the GC favorites to take his first WorldTour win.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España: Here’s what Quinn Simmons, Primož Roglič, and others said after stage 19

Here's what Primož Roglič, Rui Oliveira, and others said after Magnus Cort Nielsen sprinted to a third Vuelta stage win.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España stage 19: Magnus Cort bests Quinn Simmons for breakaway win

Primož Roglič maintains the GC lead on a day that saw the top-10 change due to crashes.

2 years ago

Fabio Jakobsen grinding closer to green jersey at Vuelta a España

Just like it did for Mark Cavendish at the Tour de France, Deceuninck-Quick-Step is shepherding its Dutch sprinter through the mountains.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España: What the stars said after ‘Superman’ López’s stage 18 win

Here's what Enric Mas, Jack Haig, and others said after stage 18 of the 2021 Vuelta a España.

2 years ago

What’s harder, the Angliru or Gamoniteiru? We asked the riders

The Gamoniteiru sees longer, steadier grades, but the Angliru packs a punch with its 25-percent ramps — the pros agreed that the Angliru remains in a class of its own.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España: Primož Roglič takes big step toward third GC win but remains tentative

With the memory of losing last year's Tour de France on the final day, Primož Roglič goes into the final stages of the Vuelta with caution despite extending his GC lead.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España stage 18: Miguel Ángel López tops on ‘queen stage’

Primož Roglič padded his advantage a day after he regained the lead of the general classification.

2 years ago

Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta: Marlen Reusser wins stage 1 mountain test from break

The Swiss champion rode away from her breakaway companions, which included Coryn Rivera, in impressive style to give herself a substantial lead overall.

2 years ago

Bigger and badder: All you need to know about 2021 Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta

The Spanish race expands to four stages this year and takes advantage of the mountains of Galicia. Annemiek van Vleuten and Anna van der Breggen headline a strong start list.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España: What Sepp Kuss, Egan Bernal, and other stars said after stage 17

Here's what Sepp Kuss, Miguel Ángel López, and others said after the two-time defending Vuelta a España champion regained the race lead.

2 years ago

VeloNews Podcast: Gravel beef! The Vuelta a España’s punishing third week

On this week's episode we discuss the latest controversy in U.S. gravel racing, and we analyze the Vuelta's final week.

2 years ago

Jack Haig and Movistar primed for podium battle in waning days of Vuelta a España

With Primož Roglič taking control of the red leader's jersey, the tug-of-war for the final podium spots will heat up in the closing stages of the Vuelta a España.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España: Egan Bernal goes big but comes up short with mountain raid

Egan Bernal said he just wanted to have fun on the bike as he launched a long-range attack on stage 17 of the Vuelta a España. It didn't work out, but he still had fun.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España: Primož Roglič, Sepp Kuss crush classification rivals on the Covadonga

Roglič takes huge 2:22 lead over Enric Mas as Jumbo-Visma dominates the first of two back-to-back mountain stages at the Vuelta.

2 years ago

Do climbs like Gamoniteiru really make a difference in the Vuelta a España? We asked the riders

Is the hyped Gamoniteiru climb the 'next big thing' in the Vuelta a España, or a gimmick that will not shape the GC? The pros chime in.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España stage 17: Primož Roglič leaves Egan Bernal behind, explodes race

Odd Eiking's race-lead ends as Primož Roglič retakes the red jersey with a dominant display of climbing.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España unsung heroes: Joan Bou on channeling a little Contador and being king of Valencia

Bou became king for a day when Valencia welcomed its home rider with painted roads and party passion – and Bou reciprocated with a ride fit for his hero 'El Pistolero.'

2 years ago

Vuelta a España: What the stars said after Fabio Jakobsen dominated stage 16 sprint

Here's what Michael Matthews, Matteo Trentin, and others said after the green jersey rocketed to another stage win.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España: Egan Bernal wants to ’empty the tank’ on final mountain stages

Egan Bernal wants to go big in the final mountain stages of the Vuelta a España, but he says that taking a big amount of time on Primož Roglič will be difficult.

2 years ago

Quinn Simmons chases win and form in Vuelta a España breakaway

Grand tour rookie gets first taste of breakaway effort in stage 16 as he hones form and ambitions ahead of world championships, Paris-Roubaix.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España stage 16: Fabio Jakobsen celebrates birthday with hat trick win

Odd Eiking donned the leader's jersey for another day, with no changes to the general classification.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España GC set to explode in pair of ‘brutal’ mountaintop finishes

Stages 17 and 18 to the iconic Covadonga and leg-breaking Gamoniteiru climbs this week are set to crush hopes of many GC pretenders.

2 years ago

Power analysis: Vuelta a España week two

We dive into the power numbers of Sepp Kuss and Jack Haig from the second week of the Vuelta a España.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España unsung heroes: Cycling has given Carlos Verona ‘almost everything’ in life

Carlos Verona was inspired to take up racing when he saw the 2003 Vuelta a España go through his hometown and he hasn't looked back since.

2 years ago

Egan Bernal on looming showdown with Tadej Pogačar: ‘It will be something special’

Colombian star leaves door open on Pogačar clash even as he continues to fight in the Vuelta a España that he admits he likely won't win.

2 years ago

Elisa Longo Borghini: Expanded four-day Challenge by La Vuelta is ‘even more valuable’

The Italian national champion got her late-season campaign off to a great start with victory at GP Plouay and is building up to rides at the road worlds and Euros.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España: Enric Mas and Miguel Ángel López prepared for final-week red jersey battle

Miguel Ángel Lopez believes he and Enric Mas will need two minutes on Primož Roglič ahead of final TT to win the Vuelta a España.

2 years ago

Primož Roglič still far from third Vuelta a España title as race nears endgame

Roglič faces race against time and growing pressure as third red jersey remains far from his reach.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España: What Odd Christian Eiking, Rafał Majka, Enric Mas and more said after stage 15

Here's what the stars said after Rafał Majka flew solo and Odd Christian Eiking continued to defy expectations at the Vuelta on Sunday.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España stage 15: Rafał Majka scores huge solo victory in long-range mountain raid

Odd Christian Eiking retains red jersey after huge effort by his team, Adam Yates nabs 15 seconds in GC battle.

2 years ago

Richard Carapaz ‘resets goals’ after Vuelta a España abandon

Carapaz cites heat for Vuelta abandon, starts looking toward 2022 after scoring Olympic title and Tour de France podium this year.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España: What Egan Bernal, Miguel Ángel López and the GC players said after stage 14

Here's what the GC contenders said after the top favorites hit lockdown on the Pico Villuercas summit finish.

2 years ago

Jay Vine overcomes brutal crash to finish third in Vuelta a España mountain stage

Zwift Academy winner is making strong impression in his grand tour debut, and delivers gutsy comeback following high-speed crash in stage 14.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España stage 14: Romain Bardet attacks out of break for summit finish victory

Bardet wins out of 18-strong breakaway, GC battle simmers ahead of another tough mountain stage Sunday.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España: What the stars said after stage 13

Here's what Matteo Trentin, Fabio Jakobsen, and others said after Florian Sénéchal won the flat and fast stage.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España: Florian Sénéchal delivers for Deceuninck-Quick-Step after Fabio Jakobsen cracks

Some quick thinking and a strong sprint from Florian Sénéchal saved Deceuninck-Quick-Step after Fabio Jakobsen cracked in the final kilometers.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España stage 13: Florian Sénéchal snatches opportunity for win

Odd Christian Eiking rolled through another day in the overall race lead, while Egan Bernal hitched a ride at the back of the sprint trains to try to put time into his GC rivals.

2 years ago

Kiel Reijnen Vuelta Video Diary: Race numbers, bandages, and a bedtime story

Kiel Reijnen shares his behind-the-scenes experiences from the Vuelta a España.

2 years ago

Euskaltel-Euskadi brings ‘orange tide’ and Basque passion back to Vuelta a España

Long-running Basque team returns to Vuelta after eight-year absence, bringing its fervent orange-clad fans and social ambitions with it.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España: What the stars said after stage 12

Here's what Michael Matthews, Matteo Trentin, and others said after Magnus Cort Nielsen punched to the stage win.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España: Primož Roglič, Adam Yates escape unscathed after stage 12 crash

Primož Roglič and Adam Yates took a tumble on stage 12 of the Vuelta a España but avoided any time losses or serious injuries.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España: Temperatures soar as peloton burns under Iberian sun

Thermometers peak above 109F in Thursday's 12th stage, but cooler weather offers reprieve in the final week.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España stage 12: Magnus Cort Nielsen punches to redeeming win

Odd Christian Eiking retains race leader's jersey with no changes to the top-10 of the GC.

2 years ago

Vuelta a España: Primož Roglič and his battle to lose the red jersey, before winning it

Primož Roglič has twice lost the Vuelta a España's red jersey on purpose. Why has he done it and can he win it back when it really matters?

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.