Vuelta a España 2021 start list: Egan Bernal, Primož Roglič and Adam Yates star in the 76th edition of the race

Start list for the 76th edition of the Vuelta a España

Stage 16 of the Vuelta a España 2020 (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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The 2021 Vuelta a España starts on August 14 inside of Burgos' cathedral for the opening individual time trial before setting off on the three-week race that is not ending in Madrid as usual but instead ending outside the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela on September 5.

The race will cover a huge amount of the country while amazingly not going near the Pyrenees over the 3336km route.

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It is very normal for the Vuelta to be incredibly mountainous, but this race really does go the extra mile with some massive climbs and multiple summit finishes on brutal gradients.

However, there are some very good chances for sprinters with the likes of Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix), Michael Matthews (BikeExchange) and Matteo Trentin (UAE Team Emirates).

Other fast men that are attending are former French champion Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) who will want to redeem a disappointing Tour when he finished out of the time limit on stage five as well as Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) who returned to winning ways recently after his shocking crash in the Tour of Poland back in 2020.

The mountains should be the main attraction though with Spain's most challenging ascents being thrown in early with a stage three summit finish on the Picón Blanco with the Balcón de Alicante, Alto de Velefique, Altu d'El Gamoniteiru the famous Lagos de Covadonga and the brand new climb of the Pico Villuercas all on the menu.

Huge general classification names are coming together to fight out for the title of Vuelta a España 2021 champion including defending champion Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) who looks to make it three in a row.

He will be challenged by an immensely strong Ineos Grenadiers team that who are bringing Adam Yates as well as Giro d'Italia 2021 winner Egan Bernal and Tour third overall Richard Carapaz along with support from Pavel Sivakov and recent gold medalist in the Olympic cross-country mountain biking, Tom Pidcock. But Yates and Bernal both came down in a crash on stage one of the Vuelta a Burgos, which could hamper their chances.

Hugh Carthy (EF-Nippo), Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe), Esteban Chaves (BikeExchange), Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious), Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo), Enric Mas (Movistar) and many more besides are all set to line up to battle for the red jersey.

Tour champion, Tadej Pogačar, however, will not be riding as he looks ahead to the GP Plouay, European championships, world championships and the Italian Classics to finish off his season. He is also hosting an event in Slovenia the day before the Vuelta start in Burgos.

Vuelta a España 2021 start list

Team Jumbo-Visma

ROGLIČ Primož
KUSS Sepp
OOMEN Sam
KRUIJSWIJK Steven
GESINK Robert
VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan
HOFSTEDE Lennard
BOUWMAN Koen

Lotto-Soudal

HOLMES Matt
KRON Andreas
CRAS Steff
MONIQUET Sylvain
VANHOUCKE Harm
FRISON Frederik
VERMEERSCH Florian
VAN GILS Maxim

Movistar Team

VALVERDE Alejandro
LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel
MAS Enric
JACOBS Johan
ERVITI Imanol
ROJAS José Joaquín
VERONA Carlos
OLIVEIRA Nelson

Ag2r-Citroën Team

BOUCHARD Geoffrey
DEWULF Stan
PRODHOMME Nicolas
CHAMPOUSSIN Clément
VENTURINI Clément
TOUZÉ Damien
CALMEJANE Lilian
CHEREL Michaël

Astana-Premier Tech

VLASOV Aleksandr
IZAGIRRE Gorka
RODRÍGUEZ Óscar
SÁNCHEZ Luis León
IZAGIRRE Ion
ARANBURU Alex
NATAROV Yuriy
FRAILE Omar

Bahrain Victorious

LANDA Mikel
POELS Wout
PADUN Mark
MÄDER Gino
HAIG Jack
TRATNIK Jan
ARASHIRO Yukiya
CARUSO Damiano

Bora-Hansgrohe

SCHACHMANN Max
GROßSCHARTNER Felix
MEEUS Jordi
ZWIEHOFF Ben
GAMPER Patrick
BENEDETTI Cesare
LAAS Martin
PALZER Anton

Intermarché-Wanty Gobert Matériaux

MEINTJES Louis
TAARAMÄE Rein
HIRT Jan
EIKING Odd Christian
KREDER Wesley
VAN MELSEN Kévin
MINALI Riccardo
PETILLI Simone

Deceuninck - Quick-Step

JAKOBSEN Fabio
KNOX James
ŠTYBAR Zdenek
SÉNÉCHAL Florian
ČERNY Josef
BAGIOLI Andrea
VANSEVENENT Mauri
VAN LERBERGHE Bert

Groupama-FDJ

DÉMARE Arnaud
GENIETS Kevin
LE GAC Olivier
MOLARD Rudy
SINKELDAM Ramon
GUARNIERI Jacopo
LUDVIGSSON Tobias
ROUX Anthony

Team BikeExchange

ZEITS Andrey
HAMILTON Lucas
MATTHEWS Michael
NIEVE Mikel
HOWSON Damien
GRMAY Tsgabu
STANNARD Robert
SCHULTZ Nick

Team Qhubeka-Assos

CLAEYS Dimitri
JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt
ARU Fabio
ARMÉE Sander
LINDEMAN Bert-Jan
SUNDERLAND Dylan
HENAO Sergio
BROWN Connor

EF Education-Nippo

CARTHY Hugh
CARR Simon
CRADDOCK Lawson
CAICEDO Jonathan
CAMARGO Diego
CORT Magnus
SCULLY Tom
KEUKELEIRE Jens

Israel Start-Up Nation

CIMOLAI Davide
WÜRTZ SCHMIDT Mads
NIV Guy
CATAFORD Alex
PICCOLI James
BERWICK Sebastian
EINHORN Itamar
VANMARKE Sep

Ineos Grenadiers

BERNAL Egan
YATES Adam
CARAPAZ Richard
PIDCOCK Thomas
SIVAKOV Pavel
VAN BAARLE Dylan
NARVÁEZ Jhonatan
PUCCIO Salvatore

Team DSM

BARDET Romain
STORER Michael
HAGA Chad
ARENSMAN Thymen
DAINESE Alberto
TUSVELD Martijn
DENZ Nico
HAMILTON Chris

Trek-Segafredo

CICCONE Giulio
BRAMBILLA Gianluca
SIMMONS Quinn
KIRSCH Alex
LÓPEZ Juan Pedro
ELISSONDE Kenny
REIJNEN Kiel
NIBALI Antonio

UAE Team Emirates

TRENTIN Matteo
MAJKA Rafał
DE LA CRUZ David
POLANC Jan
GIBBONS Ryan
OLIVEIRA Rui
MOLANO Sebastian
DOMBROWSKI Joe

Cofidis, Solutions Crédits

HERRADA Jesús
HERRADA José
BARCELÓ Fernando
ALLEGAERT Piet
MARTIN Guillaume
ROCHAS Rémy 
MORIN Emmanuel
FINÉ Eddy

Burgos-BH

NAVARRO Daniel
MADRAZO Ángel
BOL Jetse
RUBIO Diego
CANAL Carlos
OKAMINA Ander
CABEDO Óscar
SANCHEZ Pelayo

Caja Rural-Seguros RGA

ABERASTURI Jon
LASTRA Jonathan
AMÉZQUETA Julen
CEPEDA Jefferson
BAGÜES Aritz
LAKZANO Oier
MARTÍN Sergio
CUADROS Álvaro

Alpecin-Fenix

VINE Jay
DE TIER Floris
PHILIPSEN Jasper
PLANCKAERT Edward
THWAITES Scott
MODOLO Sacha
BAYER Tobias
KRIEGER Alexander

Euskaltel-Euskadi

BIZKARRA Mikel
MATÉ Luis Ángel
BOU Joan
ITURRIA Mikel
MARTÍN Gotzon
SOTO Antonio Jesús
LOBATO Juan José
AZPARREN Xabier Mikel

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