Vuelta a Espana 2017

When is the Vuelta a España 2017?: August 19 to September 10 2017
Where is the Vuelta a España 2017?: France/Spain

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The race as it unfolds

Stage three: Prades to Andorra la Vella – 158.5km

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) won stage three of the 2017 Vuelta a España as Chris Froome (Team Sky) went on the attack on the final climb and took the leader’s red jersey on the line.

Froome attacked with 7.7km to go, with only Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) able to follow on the slopes of the Alto de la Comella. That duo led over the top of the climb and onto the descent towards the finish, where they were joined first by Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) and Fabio Aru (Astana), and then by a larger chasing group including Nibali, Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing), and others.

Making the junction within the final kilometre, Nibali took a few seconds to recover in the wheels before accelerating clear. The Italian crossed the line a few bike lengths ahead of his rivals for a relatively comfortable win.

Behind it was David de la Cruz (Quick-Step Floors) who was the best of the rest, while Froome crossed the line third to pick up four bonus seconds which, in addition to the three seconds he won at the intermediate sprint, were enough to move him into the leader’s red jersey.

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Stage two: Nîmes to Gruisson – 203.4km

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Yves Lampaert wins stage two of the Vuelta a España (Sunada)

Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step) took a sensational victory and the overall lead on stage two of the Vuelta a España, soloing away off the front with just under a kilometre to go.

The Belgian made the attack from a small front group which had broken away in crosswinds with just over 2km to go, with Quick-Step the instigators in pulling the peloton apart.

Vincenzo Nibali was able to gain eight seconds on Chris Froome in the overall classification.

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General classification after stage three

1. Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky, in 8-53-44 8:53:44
2. David De La Cruz (Esp) Quick-Step Floors, at 2 secs
3. Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing, at same time
4. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing, at same time
5. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida, at 10 secs
6. Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-Scott, at 11 secs
7. Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana, at 38 secs
8. Adam Yates (Aus) Orica-Scott, at 39 secs
9. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2r La Mondiale, at 43 secs
10. Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale, at 48 secs

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Stage one: Nîmes TTT – 13.7km

BMC win the opening team time trial of the 2017 Vuelta (Sunada)

BMC Racing emerged victorious from the opening team time trial of the 2017 Vuelta a España as Rohan Dennis took the first leader’s red jersey of the race.

The American team looked smooth throughout the technical 13.7km course, avoiding any crashes which affected a number of other teams.

BMC Racing were the only team to go under 16 minutes, with Rohan Dennis leading them across the line in a time that was six seconds faster than Quick-Step Floors.

As for the GC contenders, there were few major gaps, with Chris Froome and Team Sky losing just nine seconds. Fabio Aru was the only red jersey contender to lose significant time, as Astana finished in 16th place, 41 seconds behind BMC.

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Vuelta a España 2017 stages

Stage one, Saturday August 19: Nîmes (France) (TTT), 13.8km
Stage two, Sunday August 20: Nîmes (France) – Gruissan (France), 201km
Stage three, Monday August 21: Prades Conflent Canigó (France) – Andorra la Vella (Andorra), 158.5km
Stage four, Tuesday August 22: Escaldes-Engordany (Andorra) – Tarragona (Spain), 193km
Stage five, Wednesday August 23: Benicàssim – Alcossebre, 173.4km
Stage six, Thursday August 24: Villareal – Sagunt, 198km
Stage seven, Friday August 25: Lliria – Cuenca, 205.2km
Stage eight, Saturday August 26: Hellín – Xorret de Cati, 184km
Stage nine, Sunday August 27: Orihuela – Cumbre del Sol, 176.3km
Rest Day, Monday August 28
Stage 10, Tuesday August 29: Caravaca Jubilar – Elpozo Alimentación, 171km
Stage 11, Wednesday August 30: Lorca – Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto, 188km
Stage 12, Thursday August 31: Motril – Antequera, 161.4km
Stage 13, Friday September 1: Coín – Tomares, 197km
Stage 14, Saturday September 2: Écija – Sierra de la Pandera, 185.5km
Stage 15, Sunday September 3: Alcalá la Real – Sierra Nevada, 127km
Rest Day, Monday September 4
Stage 16, Tuesday September 5: Circuito de Navarra – Logroño (ITT), 42km
Stage 17, Wednesday September 6: Villadiego – Los Machucos, 180km
Stage 18, Thursday September 7: Suances – Santo Toribio de Liébana, 168.5km
Stage 19, Friday September 8: Parque Natural de Redes – Gijón, 153km
Stage 20, Saturday September 9: Corvera de Asturias – Alto de l’Angliru, 119.2km
Stage 21, Sunday September 10: Arroyomolinos – Madrid, 101.9km

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Vuelta a España history

Spanish for, quite simply, the Tour of Spain, the Vuelta is the annual Spanish grand tour that represents the final three week event of the year after the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France.

Now a UCI World Tour event, the race was launched in 1935, but was paused for the Spanish Civil War and World War II. Since 1955, it’s taken place every year.

Vuelta a Espana 2011

Vuelta a Espana 2011

The race was originally held in the spring, but in 1995 it moved to September to avoid competition with the other key events. As a result, it’s often seen as a key event in the lead up to the UCI Road World Championships. 

As per most Grand Tours, riders compete in four different categories, with the leader of each wearing a coloured jersey that represents his position. The jersey is awarded after every stage – changing shoulders if a change in the standings has taken place.

The jerseys of the Vuelta a España are:

  • Red Jersey: the overall/general classification leader, every rider’s finish time is recorded at the end of each stage. The rider with the lowest accumulated time wears this jersey
  • Blue and white polka dot: King of the Mountains jersey – points are awarded for finishing positions on categorised climbs – the wearer is the rider with the most points
  • Green jersey: The Points jersey, this goes to the rider who has claimed the most points for sprint finishes and intermediate sprints
  • White jersey: The ‘Combined’ jersey – quite unique across Grand Tours, this one goes to the rider with the best combined results across the General Classification, Points and King of the Mountains competitions

Vuelta a España 2016

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) sealed the overall victory in the 2016 Vuelta a España, with Chris Froome (Sky) placing second.

Chris Froome (second), Nairo Quintana (winner), Esteban Chaves (third) on the final Vuelta a Espana podium

Chris Froome (second), Nairo Quintana (winner), Esteban Chaves (third) on the final Vuelta a Espana podium

Quintana won stage 10 of the race to take the coveted red jersey of general classification leader, and never relinquished his lead despite a spirited challenge from Froome, Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange) and Alberto Contador (Tinkoff).

The biggest breakthrough in the race for Quintana came on stage 15, when he put himself into an escape group with Contador and team-mates to gain over two and a half minutes on Froome, who found himself without team support.

Froome clawed back over two minutes as he convincingly won the key time trial stage to set up a thrilling final day in the mountains on stage 20. Froome repeatedly attacked Quintana on the final climb, but Quintana held firm – actually gaining a couple of second on Froome on the line.

Froome clapped his hands as he crossed the finish in recognition of Quintana’s effort, and that the Movistar leader had effectively sealed overall victory.

Quintana adds the 2016 Vuelta victory to his 2014 Giro d’Italia overall win, establishing himself as one of the world’s leading three-week race contenders at the age of 26.

The Colombian finished the race 1-23 ahead of second-placed Froome, with Chaves in third at 4-08. Contador finished fourth, with British rider Simon Yates (Orica-BikeExchange) in sixth, establishing himself as a future Grand Tour contender despite spending some of the race supporting Chaves.

Orica-BikeExchange’s successful Vuelta continued in the finale in Madrid with a second sprint stage win for Magnus Cort Nielsen. Coupled with Chaves and Yates top 10 GC positions, and stage wins for Yates and Jens Keukeleire, the Australian squad showed off its exciting young talent.

Italian Fabio Feline (Trek-Segafredo) took the points classification jersey, with Spaniard Omar Fraile (Dimension Data) ending a ding-dong climbing battle with Frenchman Kenny Elissonde (FDJ) with the mountains classification win.

Vuelta a España 2016 Final general classification

1. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar in 83-31-28
2. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky at 1-23
3. Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-BikeExchange at 4-08
4. Alberto Contador (Esp) Tinkoff at 4-21
5. Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac at 7-43
6. Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-BikeExchange at 8-33
7. David de la Cruz (Esp) Etixx-QuickStep at 11-18
8. Daniel Moreno (Esp) Movistar at 13-04
9. Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac at 13-17
10. George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 14-07

vuelta a españa start list favourites

The provisional start list for the 2017 Vuelta a España, where Chris Froome will go up against the likes of Vincenzo Nibali, Romain Bardet, and Adam Yates.