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Vuelta a España

The 2018 Vuelta a España could boast its deepest field ever.

Although Team Sky won’t start defending champion Chris Froome or Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas, the 73rd edition of the Spanish grand tour will see a stellar GC field along with a growing number of stage-hunters and attackers honing their form ahead of the world championships. The combination should deliver an exciting race.

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Elia Viviani (Quick-Step) are among the top names confirming their Vuelta plans.

“I decided to race the Vuelta this year, as it fits perfectly into my preparations for the world championships in Innsbruck,” Sagan said Friday. “We’ll have to see how my crash at the Tour still affects me, but I feel I am on a good way back to my best.”

Vuelta officials released a preliminary start list that’s deep on GC contenders headlined by four former Vuelta winners. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana (Movistar), and Fabio Aru (UAE-Emirates) top the list.

Right behind them are Richie Porte (BMC Racing), Rigoberto Urán (EF-Drapac), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin), Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb), the Yates brothers (Mitchelton-Scott), and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana).

A climber-friendly worlds course is seeing many Innsbruck-bound riders heading to the Vuelta to prepare for a run at the rainbow jersey. GC contenders like Daniel Martin (UAE-Emirates) and Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) will use the Vuelta as a trampoline to Austria.

“My preparation has been very different to the Giro d’Italia because like a few guys that will line up in Spain, I have one eye on the world championships later this year,” Yates said this week. “It will be interesting to see how my body responds but, as always, I’ll give it my all to achieve a great result.”

Even without Froome and Thomas, Sky will line up with Michal Kwiatkowski and David de la Fuente. Mikel Landa is still a question mark for Movistar after suffering a heavy fall at the Clásica San Sebastián.

Other confirmed names include Rafal Majka (Bora-Hansgrohe), Ion and Gorka Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing), Enric Mas and Viviani (Quick-Step).

North Americans Michael Woods (EF-Drapac), Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing), recent Tour of Utah winner Sepp Kuss (LottoNL-Jumbo), and Ian Boswell (Katusha-Alpecin) are expected to start the Vuelta as well.

The race opens August 25 in Málaga with a prologue and loops around southern Spain for most of the first week. La Camperona and Lagos de Covadonga will highlight the second week, with an individual time trial in stage 16. Two hard days in Andorra cap the final weekend before the finale in Madrid on September 16.

STAGE DATE LOCATION DISTANCE REPORT
1 08/25/2018 Malaga to Malaga 8km DETAILS
2 08/26/2018 Marbella to Caminito del Rey 163.5km DETAILS
3 08/27/2018 Mijas to Alhaurín de la Torre 178.2km DETAILS
4 08/28/2018 Vélez-Málaga to Sierra de la Alfaguara 161.4km DETAILS
5 08/29/2018 Granada to Roquetas de Mar 188.7km DETAILS
6 08/30/2018 Huércal-Overa to San Javier. Mar Menor 155.7km DETAILS
7 08/30/2018 Puerto-Lumbreras to Pozo Alcón 185.7km DETAILS
8 09/01/2018 Linares to Almadén 195.1km DETAILS
9 09/02/2018 Talavera de la Reina to La Covatilla 200.8km DETAILS
10 09/04/2018 Universidad de Salamanca to Fermoselle 177km DETAILS
11 09/05/2018 Mombuey to Ribeira Sacra. Luintra 207.8km DETAILS
12 09/06/2018 Mondoñedo to Faro de Estaca de Bares. Mañón 181.8km DETAILS
13 09/07/2018 Candás. Carreño to La Camperona 174.8km DETAILS
14 09/09/2018 Cistierna to Les Praeres. Nava 171km DETAILS
15 09/09/2018 Ribera de Arriba to Lagos de Covadonga 178.2km DETAILS
16 09/11/2018 Santillana del Mar to Torrelavega 32km DETAILS
17 09/12/2018 Getxo to Balcón de Bizkaia 157km DETAILS
18 09/13/2018 Ejea de los Caballeros to Lleida 186.1km DETAILS
19 09/14/2018 Lleida to Andorra. Naturlandia 154.4km DETAILS
20 09/15/2018 Andorra. Escaldes-Engordany to Coll de la Gallina 97.3km DETAILS
21 09/16/2018 Alcorcón to Madrid 100.9km DETAILS
RankNameTeamTime
1THOMAS GeraintTeam Sky 83:17:13
2DUMOULIN TomTeam Sunweb 1:51
3FROOME ChristopherTeam Sky2:24
4ROGLIC PrimozTeam LottoNL-Jumbo3:22
5KRUIJSWIJK StevenTeam LottoNL-Jumbo6:08
6BARDET RomainAG2R La Mondiale6:57
7LANDA MikelMovistar Team7:37
8MARTIN DanielUAE-Team Emirates9:05
9ZAKARIN IlnurTeam Katusha - Alpecin12:37
10QUINTANA NairoMovistar Team14:18
11JUNGELS BobQuick-Step Floors16:32
12FUGLSANG Jakob DiemerAstana Pro Team19:46
13LATOUR PierreAG2R La Mondiale22:13
14VALVERDE AlejandroMovistar Team27:26
15BERNAL Egan ArleyTeam Sky27:52
16KANGERT TanelAstana Pro Team34:52
17BARGUIL WarrenTeam Fortuneo - Samsic37:06
18POZZOVIVO DomenicoBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team39:08
19MAJKA RafałBORA - hansgrohe39:57
20CARUSO DamianoBMC Racing Team42:31
21MARTIN GuillaumeWanty - Groupe Gobert44:18
22IZAGIRRE IonBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team46:36
23NIEVE MikelMitchelton-Scott49:19
24IZAGIRRE GorkaBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team50:02
25GESCHKE SimonTeam Sunweb 50:15
26MOLLEMA BaukeTrek - Segafredo1:06:33
27ROLLAND PierreTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:09:09
28VAN AVERMAET GregBMC Racing Team1:10:14
29YATES AdamMitchelton-Scott1:17:35
30CALMEJANE LilianDirect Energie1:18:09
31GESINK RobertTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:21:13
32VAN GARDEREN TejayBMC Racing Team1:23:05
33ALAPHILIPPE JulianQuick-Step Floors1:28:08
34GAUDU David Groupama - FDJ1:30:01
35BERNARD JulienTrek - Segafredo1:34:12
36MARTINEZ Daniel FelipeTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:38:38
37TOLHOEK AntwanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:39:01
38MOLARD RudyGroupama - FDJ1:47:36
39CHAVANEL SylvainDirect Energie1:47:47
40ĐURASEK KristijanUAE-Team Emirates1:48:06
41VICHOT ArthurGroupama - FDJ1:51:19
42BOUET MaximeTeam Fortuneo - Samsic1:58:08
43EDET NicolasCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:58:54
44VALGREN MichaelAstana Pro Team1:59:20
45NAVARRO DanielCofidis, Solutions Crédits2:00:32
46IMPEY DarylMitchelton-Scott2:00:53
47HERRADA JesúsCofidis, Solutions Crédits2:01:52
48MOINARD AmaëlTeam Fortuneo - Samsic2:03:20
49KWIATKOWSKI MichalTeam Sky2:05:29
50AMADOR AndreyMovistar Team2:05:38
51TEN DAM LaurensTeam Sunweb 2:06:22
52ANDERSEN Søren KraghTeam Sunweb 2:06:23
53KÜNG StefanBMC Racing Team2:07:14
54DEGAND ThomasWanty - Groupe Gobert2:09:54
55FRANK MathiasAG2R La Mondiale2:10:29
56HANSEN JesperAstana Pro Team2:10:33
57FRAILE OmarAstana Pro Team2:10:59
58POELS WoutTeam Sky2:13:23
59SLAGTER Tom-JelteTeam Dimension Data2:13:58
60PELLIZOTTI FrancoBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team2:17:32
61KOCHETKOV PavelTeam Katusha - Alpecin2:17:52
62SOLER MarcMovistar Team2:18:51
63STUYVEN JasperTrek - Segafredo2:20:24
64MINNAARD MarcoWanty - Groupe Gobert2:20:31
65DE GENDT ThomasLotto Soudal2:24:41
66NAESEN OliverAG2R La Mondiale2:29:36
67ARNDT NikiasTeam Sunweb 2:32:02
68CORT Magnus Astana Pro Team2:32:26
69ATAPUMA John DarwinUAE-Team Emirates2:35:47
70CASTROVIEJO JonathanTeam Sky2:36:06
71SAGAN PeterBORA - hansgrohe2:38:08
72HAGA ChadTeam Sunweb 2:39:40
73SICARD RomainDirect Energie2:42:53
74LUDVIGSSON TobiasGroupama - FDJ2:45:40
75VERMOTE JulienTeam Dimension Data2:45:57
76MÜHLBERGER GregorBORA - hansgrohe2:46:13
77ERVITI ImanolMovistar Team2:47:46
78DE KORT KoenTrek - Segafredo2:48:29
79BOSWELL IanTeam Katusha - Alpecin2:51:47
80LAMPAERT YvesQuick-Step Floors2:52:37
81MARTENS PaulTeam LottoNL-Jumbo2:52:46
82SKUJIŅŠ TomsTrek - Segafredo2:53:41
83DILLIER SilvanAG2R La Mondiale2:55:15
84BOASSON HAGEN EdvaldTeam Dimension Data2:57:00
85PEREZ AnthonyCofidis, Solutions Crédits2:58:56
86GESBERT ElieTeam Fortuneo - Samsic3:00:48
87POLITT NilsTeam Katusha - Alpecin3:00:54
88THEUNS EdwardTeam Sunweb 3:02:15
89BOUDAT ThomasDirect Energie3:04:07
90SCHÄR MichaelBMC Racing Team3:04:14
91OFFREDO YoannWanty - Groupe Gobert3:04:27
92BURGHARDT MarcusBORA - hansgrohe3:04:48
93COUSIN JérômeDirect Energie3:05:34
94POLJANSKI PawelBORA - hansgrohe3:07:14
95PASQUALON AndreaWanty - Groupe Gobert3:09:34
96LEDANOIS KévinTeam Fortuneo - Samsic3:11:55
97SMITH DionWanty - Groupe Gobert3:12:24
98PICHON LaurentTeam Fortuneo - Samsic3:12:46
99VACHON FlorianTeam Fortuneo - Samsic3:13:47
100CLARKE SimonTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale3:15:40
101SIMON JulienCofidis, Solutions Crédits3:15:55
102KOREN KristijanBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team3:16:54
103MARCZYNSKI TomaszLotto Soudal3:19:10
104BENNATI DanieleMovistar Team3:19:22
105HARDY RomainTeam Fortuneo - Samsic3:19:49
106SUTHERLAND RoryUAE-Team Emirates3:21:22
107GERRANS SimonBMC Racing Team3:21:37
108HAYMAN MathewMitchelton-Scott3:21:55
109COLBRELLI SonnyBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,
110JANSE VAN RENSBURG ReinardtTeam Dimension Data3:24:25
111DEGENKOLB JohnTrek - Segafredo3:26:35
112OSS DanielBORA - hansgrohe3:32:29
113GOGL MichaelTrek - Segafredo3:32:54
114KRISTOFF AlexanderUAE-Team Emirates3:33:33
115VANMARCKE SepTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale3:34:17
116TURGIS AnthonyCofidis, Solutions Crédits3:36:11
117HEPBURN MichaelMitchelton-Scott3:36:30
118DURBRIDGE LukeMitchelton-Scott3:37:21
119TERPSTRA NikiQuick-Step Floors3:37:31
120GRELLIER FabienDirect Energie3:37:56
121BAUER JackMitchelton-Scott3:39:02
122BODNAR MaciejBORA - hansgrohe3:39:20
123VAN KEIRSBULCK GuillaumeWanty - Groupe Gobert3:40:30
124LAPORTE ChristopheCofidis, Solutions Crédits3:41:55
125HAUSSLER HeinrichBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team3:42:24
126MARCATO MarcoUAE-Team Emirates3:42:54
127LE GAC OlivierGroupama - FDJ3:49:03
128ROWE LukeTeam Sky3:50:55
129SCULLY ThomasTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale3:50:59
130CLAEYS DimitriCofidis, Solutions Crédits3:51:15
131DUPONT TimothyWanty - Groupe Gobert3:51:16
132PÖSTLBERGER LukasBORA - hansgrohe3:56:53
133TROIA OlivieroUAE-Team Emirates3:57:02
134SINKELDAM RamonGroupama - FDJ3:58:01
135RICHEZE Ariel MaximilianoQuick-Step Floors3:58:58
136PHINNEY TaylorTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale3:59:07
137ROOSEN TimoTeam LottoNL-Jumbo4:01:05
138FERRARI RobertoUAE-Team Emirates4:01:34
139JANSEN Amund GrondahlTeam LottoNL-Jumbo4:02:04
140GAUDIN DamienDirect Energie4:02:07
141DÉMARE ArnaudGroupama - FDJ4:08:18
142DE BUYST JasperLotto Soudal4:08:54
143THOMSON Jay RobertTeam Dimension Data4:09:49
144GUARNIERI JacopoGroupama - FDJ4:12:29
145CRADDOCK LawsonTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale4:34:19

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