Vuelta a Espana

The start list of the 2014 Vuelta a Espana was significantly bolstered during the Tour de France, when several of the French Grand Tour’s contenders crashed out.

Chris Froome will ride the Tour of Spain for the first time since the 2011 edition, in which he finished second. The Sky rider crashed out of the Tour de France on stage five suffering a fractured wrist and hand.

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), who crashed out of the Tour five stages later, had originally ruled himself out of the race but made enough of a recovery to add his name to the start list. Winner of the Giro d’Italia, Nairo Quintana (Movistar), and 2011 Tour winner Cadel Evans (BMC) will also ride.

Defending Vuelta champion Chris Horner (Lampre-Merida) was withdrawn from the start list on the Friday before the race for displaying low cortisol levels.

Key riders: Chris Froome | Nairo Quintana | Joaquim Rodriguez | Cadel Evans | Alberto Contador

The peloton on stage six of the 2013 Tour of Spain

Vuelta a Espana 2014 preview

A look ahead to the final Grand Tour of the 2014 season, the Vuelta a Espana, starting on Saturday, August 23