Chris Froome will face off against the likes of Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde, Vincenzo Nibali and Fabio Aru at the Vuelta a España, starting on August 22

The squad lists for the Vuelta a España are already trickling in and by the look of it we are in for one of the best lineups in many years for the race that starts on August 22.

Tour de France champion Chris Froome will lock horns once again with Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, both of whom will ride for Movistar, and Vincenzo Nibali, of Astana, who finished second, third and fourth respectively at the Tour.

Nibali will be joined by the two riders who finished second and third at the Giro d’Italia, Fabio Aru and Mikel Landa, as Astana name a very strong squad for the final Grand Tour of the year.

Tejay van Garderen is another big name general classification contender in the mix in Spain after being forced to abandon the Tour de France early.

Here is a look at a preliminary start list.

Astana (Kazakhstan)

Directeur sportifs:
Specialized bikes, Campagnolo components

Vincenzo Nibali (Ita)astana 2015
Fabio Aru (Ita)
Mikel Landa (Esp)
Dario Cataldo (Ita)
Diego Rosa (Ita)
Luis Leon Sanchez (Esp)
Paolo Tiralongo (Ita)
Alessandro Vanotti (Ita)
Andrey Zeits (Kaz)

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Ag2r La Mondiale (France)

Directeur sportifs:
Focus bikes, SRAM components

Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita)ag2r 2015
Gediminas Bagdonas (Lit)
Mikael Cherel (Fra)
Johan Vansummeren (Bel)
Alexis Gougeard (Fra)
Blel Kadri (Fra)
Sebastian Minard (Fra)
Matteo Montaguti (Ita)
Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita)

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FDJ (France)

Directeur sportifs:
Lapierre bikes, Shimano components

Arnaud Courteille (Fra)fdj 2015
Mickael Velage (Fra)
Kenny Elissonde (Fra)
Murislo Fischer (Bra)
Olivier Le Gac (Fra)
Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra)
Laurent Pichon (Fra)
Kevin Reza (Fra)
Jussi Veikkanen (Fin)

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Team Sky (Great Britain)

Directeur sportifs:
Pinarello bikes, Shimano components

Chris Froome (GBr)sky 2015
Geraint Thomas (Gbr)
Nicolas Roche (Ire)
Vasil Kiryienka (Bel)
Christian Knees (Ger)
Mikel Nieve (Esp)
Ian Boswell (USA)
Sergio Henao (Col)
Salvatore Puccio (Ita)

>>> More on Team Sky

Tinkoff-Saxo (Russia)

Directeur sportifs:
Specialized bikes, Shimano components

Rafal Majka (Pol)tinkoff saxo TDF 2015
Peter Sagan (Svk)
Jesper Hansen (Den)
Sergio Paulinho (Por)
Pawel Poljanski (Pol)
Daniele Bennati (Ita)
Maciej Bodnar (Pol)
Pavel Brutt (Rus)
Jay McCarthy (Aus)

>>> More on Tinkoff-Saxo

Movistar (Spain)

Directeur sportifs:
Canyon bikes, Campagnolo components

Nairo Quintana (Col)movistar 2015
Alejandro Valverde (Spa)
Andrey Amador (Crc)
Giovanni Visconti (Ita)
Rory Sutherland (Aus)
Javi Moreno (Esp)
Imanol Erviti (Esp)
Fran Ventoso (Esp)
JJ Rojas (Esp)

>>> More on Movistar

BMC Racing Team (USA)

Directeur sportifs:
BMC bikes, Shimano components

Tejay van Garderen (USA)bmc 2013
Darwin Atapuma (Col)
Marcus Burghardt (Ger)
Alessandro De Marchi (Ita)
Jean-Pierre Drucker (Lux)
Amael Moinard (Fra)
Joey Rosskopf (USA)
Samuel Sanchez (Esp)
Peter Velits (Svk)

>>> More on BMC Racing Team

Lotto-Soudal (Belgium)

Directeur sportifs:
Ridley bikes, Campagnolo components

Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel)lotto belisol 2012
Kris Boeckmans (Bel)
Jasper De Buyst (Bel)
Bart De Clercq (Bel)
Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel)
Jelle Vanendert (Bel)
Maxime Monfort (Bel)
Adam Hansen (Aus)
Thomas De Gendt (Bel)

>>> More on Lotto-Soudal

Team Giant-Alpecin (Germany)

Directeur sportifs:
Giant bikes, Shimano components

John Degenkolb (Ger)giant alpecin 2015
Tom Dumoulin (Ned)
Lawson Craddock (USA)
Luka Mezgec (Cze)
Johannes Frohlinger (Ger)
Koen De Kort (Ned)
Tom Stamsnijder (Ned)
Thierry Hupond (Fra)
Zico Waeytens (Bel)

>>> More on Giant-Alpecin

Team Katusha (Russia)

Directeur sportifs:
Canyon bikes, Shimano components

Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa)katusha 2013
Giampaolo Caruso (Ita)
Vladimir Isaychev (Rus)
Pavel Kochetkov (Rus)
Alberto Losada (Esp)
Dani Moreno (Esp)
Egor Silin (Rus)
Angel Vicioso (Esp)
Eduard Vorganov (Rus)

>>> More on Katusha

Orica-GreenEdge (Australia)

Directeur sportifs:
Scott bikes, Shimano components

Jens Keukeleire (Bel)green edge 2015
Esteban Chavez (Col)
Simon Gerrans (Aus)
Daryl Impey (Aus)
Mitch Docker (Aus)
Mathew Hayman (Aus)
Cameron Meyer (Aus)
Caleb Ewan (Aus)
Damian Howson (Aus)

>>> More on Orica-GreenEdge

Etixx-QuickStep (Belgium)

Directeur sportifs:
Specialized bikes, Shimano components

Maxime Bouet (Fra)omega pharma qs 2012
Nicolas Maes (Bel)
Gianluca Brambilla (Ita)
David De la Cruz (Esp)
Iljo Keisse (Bel)
Pieter Serry (Bel)
Martin Velits (Svk)
Carlos Verona (Esp)

>>> More on Etixx-QuickStep

Team Europcar (France)

Directeur sportifs:
Colnago bikes, Campagnolo components

Pierre Rolland (Fra)europcar 2013
Antoine Duschene (Can)
Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra)
Yukiya Aroshiro (Jap)
Jerome Cousin (Fra)
Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra)
Cyril Gautier (Fra)
Tony Hurel (Fra)
Romain Sicard (Fra)

>>> More on Europcar

Team LottoNL-Jumbo (Netherlands)

Directeur sportifs:
Bianchi bikes, Shimano components

Tom van Asbroeck (Ned)lotto jumbo NL 2015
George Bennett (NZl)
Martijn Keizer (Ned)
Bert Jan Lindeman (Ned)
Timo Roosen (Ned)
Mike Teunissen (Ned)
Maarten Tjallingii (Ned)
Dennis van Winden (Ned)
Maarten Wynants (Ned)

>>> More on LottoNL-Jumbo

Trek Factory Racing (USA)

Directeur sportifs:
Trek bikes, Shimano components

Fabian Cancellara (Swi)Trek Factory Racing 2015
Frank Schleck (Lux)
Jasper Stuyven (Bel)
Danny Van Poppel (Ned)
Riccardo Zoidl (Aut)
Haimar Zubeldia (Esp)
Boy Van Poppel (Ned)
Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr)
Markel Irizar (Esp)

>>> More on Trek Factory Racing

Lampre-Merida (Italy)

Directeur sportifs:
Merida bikes, Shimano components

To be announced lampre 2013





>>> More on Lampre-Merida

Cannondale-Garmin (USA)

Directeur sportifs:
Cannondale bikes, Shimano components

Andrew Talansky (USA)cannondale-garmin jersey tdf 2015
André Cardoso (Por)
Joe Dombrowski (USA)
Alex Howes (USA)
Ben King (USA)
Dan Martin (Ire)
Matej Mohoric (Slo)
Moreno Moser (Ita)
Davide Villella (Ita)

>>> More on Cannondale-Garmin

Cofidis, Solutions Credit (France)

Directeur sportifs:
Orbea bikes, Shimano components

Nacer Bouhanni (Fra)cofidis 2015
Daniel Navarro (Spa)
Yoann Bagot (Fra)
Romain Hardy (Fra)
Cyril Lemoine (Fra)
Dominique Rollin (Can)
Stephane Rossetto (Fra)
Julien Simon (Fra)
Geoffrey Soupe (Fra)

>>> More on Cofidis

IAM Cycling (Switzerland)

Directeur sportifs:
Scott bikes, Shimano components

Vincente Reynes (Esp)iam 2015
Marcel Aregger (Swi)
Larry Warbasse (USA)
Matteo Pelucchi (Ita)
Sylvain Chavanel (Fra)
Jerome Coppel (Fra)
Thomas Degand (Bel)
Simon Pellaud (Swi)
David Tanner (Aus)

>>> More on IAM Cycling

Caja Rural (Spain)

Directeur sportifs:

David Arroyo (Esp)
Amets Txurruka (Esp)
Pello Bilbao (Esp)
Omar Fraile (Esp)
Ricardo Vilela (Por)
Jose Goncalves (Por)
Carlos Barbero (Esp)
Luis Mas (Esp)
Angel Madrazo (Esp)

Team Colombia (Colombia)

Directeur sportifs:

Alex Cano (Col)
Fabio Duarte (Col)
Leonardo Duque (Col)
Walter Pedraza Morales (Col)
Carlos Quintero (Col)
Brayan Ramirez (Col)
Miguel Rubiano (Col)
Rodolfo Torres (Col)
Juan Pablo Valencia (Col)

MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung (South Africa)

Directeur sportifs:
Cervelo bikes, Rotor components

Johann van Zyl (RSA)MTN Qhubeka 2013
Kristian Sbaragli (Ita)
Steve Cummings (GBr)
Songezo Jim (RSA)
Jaco Venter (RSA)
Louis Meintjes (RSA)
Jay Robert Thomson (RSA)
Youcef Reguigui (Alg)
Natnael Berhane (Eri)

>>> More on MTN-Qhubeka

  • J1

    True. Some of the motorbike riders don’t seem to understand how quickly cyclists can build up speed though and get right in the way.

    Can you sort me out with a ride in a service car!?

  • David Bassett

    There is only one way to film a bike rider, and that is to be
    with him (or her). You cannot use a zoom around a corner. If Carlton Kirby had ever worked on a race in his life then he might understand what is going on.
    One of his predecessors once made comments re natural service. I sorted him a ride with Shimano natural service so he could understand what actually goes on in a race and how you have to know how to read a race how to react and above all take commands from the Head Commissar. What Carlton Kirby does not understand is –no Moto cameras no pictures on the TV. No pictures on TV no sponsors. No sponsors no one gets paid. Every out of a job. Riders managers mechanics measures. Gone are the days when people put money into bike races for the love of the sport. Professional bike racing is an industry like it or not. No sponsors no more professional bike racing. No more Carlton Kirby.

  • J1

    He just loves it so much. Sometimes he gets genuinely emotional about it, I think he did when Steve Cummings won stage 14 of the tour.

    He really doesn’t like the motorbikes being near the riders though, he states that a lot, that gets annoying. I don’t see why they don’t just use the zoom instead of getting in their faces.

  • David Bassett

    I agree with you he has some good rapport with his fellow commentators, but if I had a kid wanting to take up cycle racing and heard how dangerous it is (from Carlton Kirby) I would get them to look at another sport.
    Those curb stones roundabouts barriers moto’s spectators ect are just too dangerous.
    And why does he have to scream in the last four K’s.
    Re Sky Sports last I heard was they had Carlton Kirby doing some commentary,

  • J1

    Actual legend.

  • J1

    ITV’s commentary is so boring. At least Carlton has a laugh with whoever is co-commentating/analyzing, usually someone who knows a lot more e.g. Backstedt.

    Why aren’t Sky Sports doing any races anymore I wonder? Can’t remember who their commentary team was.

  • Singular Sam

    You could always just watch eurosport and turn the sound down?

  • David Bassett

    Harvey here is a reply to an email I sent to ITV.

    Dear David,
    Thank you for your recent email regarding the Vuelta a Espana.
    ITV4 will broadcast daily highlights of La Vuelta a Espana following its
    coverage of the 2014 Tour de France.
    Our coverage will commence on the 23rd August.
    I hope you enjoy our coverage.
    May I take this opportunity to thank
    you for taking the time to contact us here at ITV Viewer Services.
    If you have any additional comments, please do not hesitate to contact us again.
    Kind regards,
    ITV Viewer Services Officer

  • David Bassett

    Thanks for that. Lets hope so. I do want to watch it but can not do with Carlton Kirby

  • Harvey Jones

    ITV will show highlights at least, as yet unable to find out if there will be any live coverage, maybe on key days, or weekend days as I think has been dine before.

  • David Bassett

    Is ITV going to show the race so we don’t have to listen to Carlton Kirby moan about how dangerous it is to go through roundabouts and how high curbs to then scream out the last few K’s and not see what is actually happening?

  • Josh Tambini

    Good to see Adam Hansen still in there!