The countdown has begun. Saturday kicks off the 73rd edition of La Vuelta a España. There are 21 stages, and the race kicks off in Málaga, Spain, with an individual time trial of 8km. There is an uphill finish on stage two with a total of nine mountaintop finishes, and the race’s longest day is stage 11 at 207.8km.
The cyclists many are keeping their eye on to take La Vuelta, include: Richie Porte (BMC Racing) – who crashed out of this year’s Tour de France, Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) – who skipped Le Tour, Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) – who also crashed out of Le Tour, and Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) – who also skipped Le Tour. Both Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) will be on-hand, along with Dan Martin (UAE) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama–FDJ).
Team Sky, with Chris Froome taking the 2017 La Vuelta and Geraint Thomas winning this year’s Tour de France and Froome coming in third, are having David de la Cruz and Michal Kwiatkowski leading the British Team for this year’s La Vuelta.
The 2018 Vuelta a España runs from 25 August through 16 September, finishing in Madrid. Read more at lavuelta.es.