Remco, Roglič or Vingegaard? Five general classification contenders for the Vuelta a España 2023

Will it be a Jumbo-Visma hat trick? Or can Soudal Quick-Step, Ineos Grenadiers or UAE Team Emirates do anything about it?

Five contenders for the Vuelta a España (l-r) Geraint Thomas, Primož Roglič, Remco Evenepoel, Jonas Vingegaard and Juan Ayuso
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There is a lot of hype around this year's Vuelta a España. Perhaps understandably, given the amount of general classification that is stacked on the start list; those lining up in Barcelona on Saturday will include the three Grand Tour defending champions.

A relentlessly tough course - with no need to cater to those preparing for the World Championships -  means it is a race for climbers, and the lineups prove that. There are nine summit finishes, with stage 13's Col du Tourmalet finale promising to be a spectacle, and only one individual race against the clock, as well as one team time trial.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.