In his first race since the Tour de France, Peter Sagan will start the Vuelta a España on August 22 alongside Rafal Majka

Peter Sagan will make his return to the road at the Vuelta a España as he continues his preparations for the World Championships in Richmond, with the Slovak set to ride alongside Rafal Majka.

The three-week race will be Sagan’s first since winning his fourth consecutive green jersey at the Tour de France on July 26 and will mark the third time he has raced the Spanish Tour.

Last year, in preparation for the World Championships in Ponferrada, Sagan started the Vuelta but threw in the towel on stage 14 before the big mountains started. But with a relatively sedate final week the Tinkoff-Saxo man will have the opportunity to add to the three stage wins he claimed in 2011.

Majka, meanwhile, returns to the Vuelta after missing the race in 2014 and will lead Tinkoff-Saxo’s general classification bid. It is also his first race since the Tour de France, where he won stage 11 over the Tourmalet to Cauterets.

He could be joined by fellow Poles Maciej Bodnar and Pawel Poljanski in the Tinkoff squad for the race which departs Puerto Bañus on August 22.