Vuelta a España stage 16 time trial start times

The 32km solo test could be the decisive moment for Simon Yates and Nairo Quintana

Brit Simon Yates will defend his lead on the stage 16 time trial Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA
(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

The third week of the Vuelta a España kicks off with Simon Yates back in the leader's jersey.

After a rest day on Monday, Yates now must defend his lead on a 32km individual time trial through northern Spain.

The course starts from the town of Santillana del Mar and loops around before heading back west to the finish in Torrelavega.

A rolling profile offers the perfect opportunity for the TT specialists to thrive, but will be a major hurdle for the general classification contenders.

Mitchelton-Scott star Simon Yates leads the Vuelta by 26 seconds over the second place Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

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Colombian climber Nairo Quintana, Valverde's Movistar team-mate, is just behind in third place at 26 seconds.

But the stage 16 individual time trial could up-end the overall classification, as the climbers try to hold on to their advantage against more powerful contenders over the flat course.

All times listed here are Central European Summer Time, so subtract an hour for British Summer Time.

The first rider heads off the start ramp just after 2pm, with the top 10 setting at around 4.45pm.

Yates is scheduled ride just after 5pm.

Riders to watch in the time trial

Victor Campenaerts (BEL) Lotto Soudal 14-59

Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP) Sky 15-07

Rohan Dennis (AUS) BMC 15-10

Richie Porte (AUS) BMC 15-32

Michal Kwiatkowski (POL) Sky 16-26

View the full start time list here.

Vuelta a España GC last 15 time trial start times

15. Jack Haig (AUS) Mitchelton-Scott: 16.37

14. Fabio Aru (ITA) UAE Team Emirates 16-38

13. Gianluca Brambilla (ITA) Trek-Segafredo 16-39

12. Wilco Kelderman (NED) Sunweb 16-40

11. Tony Gallopin (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale 16-42

10. Emanuel Buchmann (GER) Bora-Hansgrohe 16-44

9. Jon Izaguirre (ESP) Bahrain Merida 16-46

8. Rigoberto Uran (COL) EF Education First 16-48

7. Thibaut Pinot (FRA) Groupama-FDJ 16-50

6. Enric Mas (ESP) Quick-Step Floors 16-52

5. Steven Kruijswijk (NED) LottoNL-Jumbo 16-54

4. Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar 16-56

3.Miguel Angel Lopez (COL) Astana 16-58

2. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar 17-00

1.Simon Yates (GBR) Mitchelton-Scott 17-02



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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.