08-24-2019

2019 Vuelta a Espana is the 74th edition of the Tour of Spain. It will be held from August 24, 2019, to September 15, 2019. In three weeks of racing cyclist will ride 3,272 km, divided into 21 stages. This years Vuelta starts with 24km Team time trail and contains eight summit finishes. The 36km almost flat individual time trial wil be raced on stage 10 and it will finish in Pau, France. There are very few flat stages available for the sprinters, so the overall stages are more suited for climbers. Vuelta ends in Madrid again on September 15.

Vuelta a Espana 2019: Favorites, Team presentation, Stages...

Vuelta a Espana 2019 favourites


Primož Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)

UCI rank: #4
29 year-old rider from Slovenia. His cycling career startet very late in 2012, since his first profesional sport was ski jumping. But the injury forced him to redraw from winter sports.
He started this year very strong. From the end of February until the start of May, Roglic won the overall classification of every race he entered: the UAE Tour, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour de Romandie.
He was one of main contentders to win the Giro d'Italia, staring strong and holding the pink leader's jersey for several days. Some bad luck and crash on a teammate's borrowed bike effectively put him out of contention for the win.
This will be Roglic Vuelta's debut. If he can hold close to overall leaders on hard mountain stages, he is the main contender to win Vuelta a Espana. Amoung all climbers in this race he is the far best time trialist. And 36 km long time trial on stage 10 suits him perfectly.
The current form is a little mistery, since after Giro he wasn’t racing.
Grand tour starts: 4
Best Grand tours results: 3 place (Giro d'Italia 2019), 4 place (Tour de France 2018)


Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)

UCI rank: #18
25 year-old Lopez has kept quiet since the Giro, he has only raced the Tour de Poland since completing the Giro. He was little disappointined with final seventh place. But still he won the best young rider's jersey. He is the only returning podium finisher from last year. This year course is ideal for him, but like many of South American riders time trialing is not his strong suit.
Grand tour starts: 5
Best Grand tours results: 3 place (Vuelta 2018), 3 place (Giro d'Italia 2018)


Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

UCI rank: #27
29 year-old Columbian rider has not had a great season. But he managed to take the spectacular stage win at this year Tour de France. It's hard to expect full team support, since he is leaving the team this at the end of this year. Like Lopez, time trialing is not his strong side.
Grand tour starts: 13
Best Grand tours results: 1 place (Vuelta 2016), 1 place (Giro d'Italia 2014)


Estaban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott)

UCI rank: #328
29 year-old last Grand Tour podium finish was three years ago on the 2016 Vuelta. Since then he had a long struggle with the Epstein Barr virus. Last year after Giro d'Italia he took some time to recover. But this year he is showing some good legs again. He won a mountain stage on Giro this year.
Also like Lopez and Quintana, time trialing is his weakness.
Grand tour starts: 9
Best Grand tours results: 2 place (Giro d'Italia 2014), 3 place (Vuelta 2016)


Top Contender teams

Jumbo-Visma

The Dutch squad are here with Roglič, Kruijswijk and Bennett. They are fully behind Roglič as team leader, which is a sensible move, as the route suits him very well. They will want to start by winning the TTT, but it’s not just the kilometres against the clock in the Slovenian’s favour. Roglič is very strong on steep gradients, just think back to his excellent performances in the Basque Country. He was 3rd in the Giro, but an illness during the race hampered his performance. Kruijswijk is also “fresh” from finishing 3rd in the Tour, if he’s maintained his form, they will be incredibly hard to beat.

Movistar

Movistar is on home soil always one of the teams to beat. Their top guns are Valverde and Quintana. Loosing Carapaz just before the start of the race is a huge blow for the team. Valverde was consistent in France, eventually finishing in 9th place. Given that both Quintana and Carapaz are leaving the team, I wonder what their approach will be.

Astana

López certainly enjoys the support of one of the strongest teams at the race, with Jakob Fuglsang and the Izagirre brothers.


Teams startlist

Movistar Team

1 VALVERDE Alejandro SPA
2 ARCAS Jorge SPA
3 ROJAS José Joaquín SPA
4 ERVITI Imanol SPA
5 OLIVEIRA Nelson POR
6 PEDRERO Antonio SPA
7 QUINTANA Nairo COL
8 SOLER Marc SPA

AG2R La Mondiale

11 LATOUR Pierre FRA
12 BIDARD François FRA
13 BOUCHARD Geoffrey FRA
14 CHEVRIER Clément FRA
15 DILLIER Silvan SWI
16 GODON Dorian FRA
17 JAUREGUI Quentin FRA
18 VENTURINI Clément FRA

Astana Pro Team

21 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel COL
22 BOARO Manuele ITA
23 CATALDO Dario ITA
24 FRAILE Omar SPA
25 FUGLSANG Jakob DEN
26 IZAGIRRE Gorka SPA
27 IZAGIRRE Ion SPA
28 SÁNCHEZ Luis León SPA

Bahrain-Merida

31 PADUN Mark UKR
32 ARASHIRO Yukiya JPN
33 BAUHAUS Phil GER
34 HAUSSLER Heinrich AUS
35 NOVAK Domen SLO
36 PERNSTEINER Hermann AUT
37 PIBERNIK Luka SLO
38 TEUNS Dylan BEL

Bora-Hansgrohe

41 MAJKA Rafał POL
42 ARCHBOLD Shane NZL
43 BENNETT Sam IRL
44 DRUCKER Jempy LUX
45 GROßSCHARTNER Felix AUT
46 FORMOLO Davide ITA
47 MÜHLBERGER Gregor AUT
48 POLJAŃSKI Paweł POL

CCC Team

51 DE LA PARTE Víctor SPA
52 BARTA Will USA
53 BERNAS Paweł POL
54 BEVIN Patrick NZL
55 KOCH Jonas GER
56 SAJNOK Szymon POL
57 VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan BEL
58 VENTOSO Francisco José SPA

Deceuninck-QuickStep

61 GILBERT Philippe BEL
62 CAPECCHI Eros ITA
63 CAVAGNA Rémi FRA
64 DECLERCQ Tim BEL
65 JAKOBSEN Fabio NED
66 KNOX James GB
67 RICHEZE Maximiliano ARG
68 ŠTYBAR Zdeněk CZE

EF Education FD Cannondale

71 URÁN Rigoberto COL
72 CARTHY Hugh GB
73 CRADDOCK Lawson USA
74 DOCKER Mitchell AUS
75 HIGUITA Sergio COL
76 MARTÍNEZ Daniel Felipe COL
77 OWEN Logan USA
78 VAN GARDEREN Tejay USA

Groupama-FDJ

81 SARREAU Marc FRA
82 ARMIRAIL Bruno FRA
83 DELAGE Mickaël FRA
84 FRANKINY Kilian SWI
85 LUDVIGSSON Tobias SWE
86 MORABITO Steve SWI
87 SEIGLE Romain FRA
88 THOMAS Benjamin FRA

Lotto Soudal

91 DE GENDT Thomas BEL
92 ARMÉE Sander BEL
93 HAGEN Carl Fredrik NOR
94 MARCZYŃSKI Tomasz POL
95 VAN DER SANDE Tosh BEL
96 VAN GOETHEM Brian NED
97 VANHOUCKE Harm BEL
98 WALLAYS Jelle BEL

Mitchelton-Scott

101 CHAVES Esteban COL
102 BEWLEY Sam NZL
103 GRMAY Tsgabu ETH
104 HOWSON Damien AUS
105 MEZGEC Luka SLO
106 NIEVE Mikel SPA
107 SCHULTZ Nick AUS
108 SMITH Dion NZL

Dimension Data

111 MEINTJES Louis RSA
112 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald NOR
113 DLAMINI Nic RSA
114 GHEBREIGZABHIER Amanuel ERI
115 KING Ben USA
116 O'CONNOR Ben AUS
117 TILLER Rasmus NOR
118 VENTER Jaco RSA

Team INEOS

121 POELS Wout NED
122 DE LA CRUZ David SPA
123 DOULL Owain GB
124 GEOGHEGAN HART Tao GB
125 HENAO Sebastián COL
126 KIRYIENKA Vasil BLR
127 PUCCIO Salvatore ITA
128 STANNARD Ian GB

Team Jumbo-Visma

131 ROGLIČ Primož SLO
132 BENNETT George NZL
133 GESINK Robert NED
134 HOFSTEDE Lennard NED
135 KRUIJSWIJK Steven NED
136 KUSS Sepp USA
137 MARTIN Tony GER
138 POWLESS Neilson USA

Katusha-Alpecin

141 NAVARRO Daniel SPA
142 BATTAGLIN Enrico ITA
143 CRAS Steff BEL
144 FABBRO Matteo ITA
145 GUERREIRO Ruben POR
146 KOCHETKOV Pavel RUS
147 KUZNETSOV Viacheslav RUS
148 SMIT Willie RSA

Team Sunweb

151 KELDERMAN Wilco NED
152 ARNDT Nikias GER
153 PEDERSEN Casper DEN
154 POWER Robert AUS
155 ROCHE Nicolas IRL
156 STORER Michael AUS
157 TUSVELD Martijn NED
158 WALSCHEID Max GER

Trek-Segafredo

161 BRAMBILLA Gianluca ITA
162 DEGENKOLB John GER
163 EG Niklas DEN
164 KIRSCH Alex LUX
165 MOSCA Jacopo ITA
166 REIJNEN Kiel USA
167 STETINA Peter USA
168 THEUNS Edward BEL

UAE Team Emirates

171 ARU Fabio ITA
172 CONTI Valerio ITA
173 GAVIRIA Fernando COL
174 HENAO Sergio COL
175 MARCATO Marco ITA
176 MOLANO Juan Sebastián COL
177 POGAČAR Tadej SLO
178 TROIA Oliviero ITA

Burgos BH

181 MADRAZO Ángel SPA
182 BOL Jetse NED
183 CABEDO Óscar SPA
184 CUBERO Jorge SPA
185 EZQUERRA Jesús SPA
186 BICO Nuno POR
187 RUBIO Diego SPA
188 VILELA Ricardo POR

Caja Rural-Seguros RGA

191 CHERNETSKI Sergei RUS
192 ABERASTURI Jon SPA
193 ARANBURU Alex SPA
194 GONÇALVES Domingos POR
195 LASTRA Jonathan SPA
196 PARDILLA Sergio SPA
197 RODRÍGUEZ Cristián SPA
198 SERRANO Gonzalo SPA

Cofidis Solutions Credits

201 HERRADA Jesús SPA
202 ATAPUMA Darwin COL
203 EDET Nicolas FRA
204 HANSEN Jesper DEN
205 HERRADA José SPA
206 MATÉ Luis Ángel SPA
207 ROSSETTO Stéphane FRA
208 TOUZE Damien FRA

Euskadi Basque Country-Murias

211 RODRÍGUEZ Óscar SPA
212 BAGÜES Aritz SPA
213 BARCELÓ Fernando SPA
214 BARTHE Cyril FRA
215 BIZKARRA Mikel SPA
216 ITURRIA Mikel SPA
217 SAMITIER Sergio SPA
218 SÁEZ Héctor SPA


Last Vuelta a Espana winners

List of Vuelta winners for last ten years.
YearWinnerMargin
2018Simon Yates
Mitchelton–Scott
+ 1' 46"
2017Chris Froome
Team Sky
+ 2' 15"
2016Nairo Quintana
Movistar
+ 1' 23"
2015Fabio Aru
Astana
+57"
2014Alberto Contador
Tinkoff–Saxo
+1' 10"
2013Chris Horner
RadioShack–Leopard
+ 37"
2012Alberto Contador
Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank
+1' 16"
2011Chris Froome
Team Sky
+ 1' 39"
2010Vincenzo Nibali
Liquigas–Doimo
+ 3' 02"
2009Alejandro Valverde
Caisse d'Epargne
+ 55"


Crucial Stages


List of all stages

Stage 5: L'Eliana to Obs. Astro. de Javalambre (170km)

The first major summit of the race will finish at almost 2000m altitude. Stage will not decide who will win the race, but it will show the rides who will not compete for GS standings. Last climb is 11km long with a "fake" 7.8% gradient. Some sections are peaking over 15% gradient.

Stage 7: Onda to Mas de la Costa (183km)

Long stage starts after already two summit finishes in a row. The riders will feel the legs before the start. First half of the stage is flat, but then will follow four categorized climbs. And for the finish the riders have to tackle with Alto Mas de la Costa. Climb is only 4 kilometers long, but the average grade is over 12 %. The climb was last used in 2016, Mathias Frank won from the break.

Stage 9: Andorra La Vella to Cortals d'Encamp (94km)

The shortest stage of the race with only 94km. But with three masive climbs and almost no flat sections. The rides will gain over 3000 vertical meters. The second HC climb on Coll de la Gallina is over 12 km long with average grading of 8.3%. Stage will end with first category climb with 3.5km long gravel road.

Stage 13: Bilbao to Los Machucos (166km)

Another brutal stage with seven categorized climbs.

Stage 16: Pravia to Alto de la Cubilla (144km)



Stage 18: Colmenar Viejo to Bercerril de la Sierra (177km)



List of all stages

Where you can watch Vuelta a Espana on TV

For the detailed TV schedule click here - Vuelta a Espana 2019