Organisers of the Vuelta a España unveil the teams that will feature in the 2018 edition
The complete start list for the Spanish race is yet to be confirmed, but teams and individuals are beginning to state their intentions to ride as the final Grand Tour of the year trundles ever closer.
There’s a selection of riders who didn’t fair quite so well in France planning to redeem their season in Spain – Richie Porte (BMC Racing) has said it’s a “realistic target” as he recovers from a broken collarbone sustained on stage nine.
Other potentials include Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) who cut his GC teeth at the Giro d’Italia this year, holding on to the maglia rosa until the third week – perhaps hoping to ride a more conservative race to grater success in September.
Team Sky, comparatively, has little to make amends for – and it’s not looking likely that its key GC players – Chris Froome or Geraint Thomas will ride, with Giro and Tour de France wins respectively. It is however possible but British rider Tao Geoghegan Hart will be making his grand tour debut.
The start date is August 25, with the finish coming on September 16 – and organisers Unipublic have granted wildcard places to three Spanish outfits as well as the French team sponsored by major race backer Cofidis.
Along with the eighteen UCI WorldTour squads, the Spanish wildcard teams bestowed with spaces on the start line are Burgos-BH, Caja Rural and Euskadi Basque Country.
Vuelta a España 2018 provisional start list
DE GENDT Thomas
BMC Racing Team
VAN GARDEREN Tejay
VAN POPPEL Danny
DE TIER Floris
Astana Pro Team
LOPEZ Miguel Angel
CHAVES Johan Esteban
Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
MATÉ Luis Ángel
Trek – Segafredo
DE PLUS Laurens
Groupama – FDJ
DE LA CRUZ David
GEOGHEGAN HART Tao
Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale