Vuelta a Espana

Vuelta a Espana coverage from Cycling Weekly, with up to date race results, rider profiles and news and reports.

Final podium at the 2020 Vuelta a España

Final podium at the 2020 Vuelta a España (Image credit: Getty Images)

When: August 14 - September 5 2021
Where: Spain
UCI category: WorldTour
Distance: 3417km 

Key links: Route | Start list | How to watch |Standings

The Vuelta a España is the last of the trio of three-week long races called Grand Tours with the Spanish race often attractive huge names from the sport looking for success.

The Vuelta is known for being on of the most challenging races on the calendar with huge mountain stages and very little by way of flat days in the scorching late August to early September heat.

As per usual, this year's route is no different with the likes of Picón Blanco, Alto de Velefique, Lagos de Covadonga and the new climb of Altu d'El Gamoniteiru.

Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic the race had to be cut down to just 18 stages at last year's race as the stages intended to take place in the Netherlands had to be cancelled.

But, thankfully the 2021 race is back up to it's full compliment of 21 stages with every stage taking place well within the Spanish borders to avoid difficulties.

Vuelta a España 2021 route

1Sat, Aug 14Burgos Catedral VIII Centenario - Catedral7.1kmITT
2Sun, Aug 15Caleruega - Burgos166.7kmFlat
3Mon, Aug 16Santo Domingo de Silos - Picón Blanco202.8kmHills
4Tue, Aug 17El Burgo de Osma - Molina de Aragón163.9kmFlat
5Wed, Aug 18Tarancón - Albacete184.4kmFlat
6Thu, Aug 19Requena - Alto de la Montaña de Cullera158.3kmHills
7Fri, Aug 20Gandía - Balcón de Alicante152kmMountains
8Sat, Aug 21Santa Pola - La Manga del Mar Menor173.7kmFlat
9Sun, Aug 22Puerto Lumbreras - Alto de Velifique188kmMountain
Rest dayMon, Aug 23
10Tue, Aug 24Roquetas de Mar - Rincón de la Victoria190.3kmFlat
11Wed, Aug 25Antequera - Valdepeñas de Jaén133.6kmMountains
12Thu, Aug 26Jaén - Córdoba175kmHills
13Fri, Aug 27Belmez - Villanueva de la Serena203.7kmFlat
14Sat, Aug 28Don Benito - Pico Villuercas165.7kmMountains
15Sun, Aug 29Navalmoral de la Mata - El Barraco197.5kmMountains
Rest dayMon, Aug 30
16Tue, Aug 31Laredo - Santa Cruz de Bezana180kmFlat
17Wed, Sep 1Unquera - Lagos de Covadonga185.8kmMountains
18Thu, Sep 2Salas - Altu d'El Gamoniteiru162.6kmMountains
19Fri, Sep 3Tapia - Monforte de Lemus191.2kmHills
20Sat, Sep 4Sanxenxo - Mos Castro de Herville202.2kmMountains
21Sun, Sep 5Padrón - Santiago de Compostela33.8kmITT

Vuelta a España: past winners

2000: Roberto Herasdagger (Esp) Kelme–Costa Blanca
2001: Ángel Casero (Esp) Festina
2002: Aitor González (Esp) Kelme–Costa Blanca
2003: Roberto Heras (Esp) U.S. Postal Service
2004: Roberto Heras (Esp) Liberty Seguros
2005: Roberto Heras (Esp) Liberty Seguros–Würth
2006: Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana
2007: Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
2008: Alberto Contador (Esp) Astana
2009: Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Caisse d'Epargne
2010: Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas–Doimo
2011: Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky
2012: Alberto Contador (Esp) Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank
2013: Chris Horner (USA) RadioShack–Leopard
2014: Alberto Contador (Esp) Tinkoff–Saxo
2015: Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana
2016: Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
2017: Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky
2018: Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton–Scott
2019: Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma
2020: Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma