Vuelta a España

The Vuelta a España is the season’s third Grand Tour, and while it might not hold quite the same prestige as the Tour de France, it often attracts a stellar field as riders look to drive out some final big results before the end of the year.

The 2015 edition of the Vuelta kicks-off with a 7.4km team time trial in Porto Banus, before taking in no less than eight summit finishes on the road to the Madrid finish three weeks later, with a 39km individual time trial featuring in the third week.

The Vuelta will also ride through Andorra in this year’s edition, with an extraordinarily hard stage 11 just after the rest day that takes in six categorised climbs; including an especial category climb and a first category summit finish.

Defending champion Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) is unlikely to return to try for another red jersey, having already ridden both the Giro d’Italia and the Tour in 2015. Fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is likely to take the start in his home race, alongside teammate and Tour runner-up Nairo Quintana.

Tour champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) hasn’t ruled out an appearance at the Vuelta either, while Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) could be looking to rectify a poor season so far with a win in Spain, alongside his teammates Fabio Aru and Mikel Landa, who raced at the Giro.

The 21 stages of the 2015 Vuelta take place between August 22 and September 13.

Where: Spain and Andorra
When: August 22 – September 13, 2015
Rank: Grand Tour

Key riders: Chris Froome | Nairo Quintana | Joaquim Rodriguez | Vincenzo Nibali | Alejandro Valverde

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