The Vuelta a España 2022 begins on Friday 19 August, with 184 riders across 23 teams set to take to the start line for the 77th edition of the race, before concluding in the Spanish capital of Madrid, on Sunday 11 September.
So far, nine team have confirmed their lineups, with speculation around the remaining 14 building over will be starting the first stage in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) will start the Vuelta, with the aim of winning the Spanish Grand Tour for the fourth time in a row.
Previous champions Chris Froome (Israel-Premier Tech), Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic), Simon Yates (BikeExchange-Jayco) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) are all likely to join Roglič in starting the race, with Valverde appearing in his final Grand Tour before retiring at the end of the year.
A crop of new contenders for the Vuelta crown are set to be in attendance this year, though, principally Jai Hindley (Bora-Hansgrohe) fresh from winning Giro d'Italia in May. He will be joined by Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl), João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) and Ineos Grenadiers pair Richard Carapaz and Pavel Sivakov in challenging for the red leader's jersey.
Elsewhere, Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) has recovered from his Liège–Bastogne–Liège crash in the spring, and will be at the Vuelta looking to find his form again. The Frenchman will likely target stage wins, as well as helping his teammate Evenepoel towards the GC.
The points classification is expected to be contested by riders such as Kaden Groves (BikeExchange-Jayco), Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers), Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Deceuninck) and Pascal Akermann (UAE Team Emirates), but without a stand out sprinter on the provisional start list, plenty of points and potential wins are up for grabs.
As usual, the mountains classification is anyone's guess, while the young rider classification will likely see the winner of Evenepoel and Almeida top the standings.
The provisional start list for the Vuelta a España 2022 is below, and will be updated as and when teams release their squads for the race.
Vuelta a España 2022 start list
VAN POPPEL Danny
DE GENDT Thomas
VAN GILS Maxim
HAGEN Carl Fredrik
DE MARCHI Alessandro
VAN POPPEL Boy
VAN BAARLE Dylan
GEOGHEGAN HART Tao
ROJAS José Joaquín
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl
VAN WILDER Ilan
UAE Team Emirates
MOLANO Juan Sebastián
LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel
DE LA CRUZ David
HVIDEBERG Jonas Iversby
LÓPEZ Juan Pedro
DÍAZ José Manuel
Equipo Kern Pharma
GARCÍA PIERNA Raúl
PARRA José Félix
MATÉ Luis Ángel
AZPARREN Xabier Mikel
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