The men’s road cycling season continues, after the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships, with the third and final Grand Tour of the 2022 men’s season, the 77th Spain cycling Vuelta or Tour of Spain, which extends from August 19 to September 11, 2022.
Primoz RoglicSlovenia three-time defending champion of La Vuelta for Jumbo-Visma Team, and the Olympic gold medalist is aiming to claim an unprecedented fourth straight overall crown and become only the second man to win the race four times. To do so, he will have to complete the fastest course of 3,280 kilometers (2,038 miles), in a race that will feature nine altitude finishes.
This year, La Vuelta ’22 begins with a Grand Départ in the Netherlands, carried over from 2020 after pandemic restrictions forced the cancellation of the Dutch start that year, forcing a reduced race to 18 stages. This year’s race has 21 stages, like last year.
La Roja – the leader’s red jersey – will be contested between 176 riders from 22 teams each made up of eight men. In addition, the green dotted jersey, the blue and white dotted mountain classification jersey and the young riders’ white jersey are also up for grabs. In addition, for the first three stages, the leader of the general classification will wear a special version of the red jerseywhich pays tribute to the Dutch hosts of the race.
The last five days of the race, September 7-11, will coincide with the women’s event Challenge by La Vuelta stage race, although the two will have different routes. The Vuelta is the only male Grand Tour without a female counterpart. from 2023, the Challenge by La Vuelta race will officially become “La Vuelta Feminina”.
Read on to find out what you need to know about this year’s La Vuelta 22.
Enric Mas (second), Primoz Roglic (first) and Jack Haig (third) celebrate on the podium of the Vuelta a España 2021.
Photo by REUTERS/Miguel Vidal
General classification of the Vuelta a España 2022: the favorites to watch
Primoz Roglic: Could he achieve the impossible? Unheard of, the former Slovenian ski jumper is aiming to become the first man to win La Vuelta four years in a row. The 32-year-old will lead Jumbo-Visma again, hoping to bounce back from a disappointing Tour de France which he abandoned after 14 stages. Roglic has not raced since then, recovering from a broken back he suffered during the Tour. Roglic was also an Olympic gold medalist in the men’s time trial at the Tokyo 2020 Games in 2021.
Richard Carapaz: The Ecuadorian Olympic road race champion lost the 2020 Vuelta to Roglic by just 24 seconds, and is a Grand Tour winner in his own right after winning the 2019 Giro d’Italia for the Movistar team. The Ineos Grenadiers rider, who will probably share management duties within his team with the winner of the Giro 2020 Tao Geoghegan Hartwill have massive support from Latin American fans on the roads of Spain.
Joao Almeida: UAE Team Emirates will count on the young Portuguese Almeida for La Vuelta, with Tadej Pogacar resting. Almeida has experience in big races, leading the 2020 Giro past Stage 3 through Stage 17 before conceding the lead and eventually finishing fourth. The winner of the Tour of Poland and the Tour of Luxembourg 2021 will look for his first Grand Tour podium here.
Enric Mas: Mas will be co-leader of the local team, Movistar Team, alongside the 42-year-old veteran Alexander Valverde, who has repeatedly postponed his retirement but is expected to play his last Vuelta. Mas finished second to Roglic last year and also finished second overall in 2018, and it could finally be time for Mas to take the plunge.
Nairobi Quintana: The Colombian remains one of the most popular runners in Spain, supported by the large Colombian expatriate community in the country. The 2014 Giro and 2016 Vuelta champion could be a contender if he takes part in La Vuelta – he was retrospectively disqualified from the 2022 Tour de France after testing positive for tramadol.
Other key La Vuelta 2022 riders
Green jersey (points)
Unlike the Tour de France, La Vuelta does not have the reputation of being a sprinter-friendly stage race. Its many mountainous stages and its arrivals at altitude tend to discourage pure sprinters complete all 21 stages. reigning champion Fabio Jakobsen was the first pure sprinter to win the green jersey since Jean Degenkolb did so in 2014; With the exception of the all-rounder Fabio Felline in 2016, the points classification was won by the overall favorites from 2015 to 2020.
Two names to watch – both from the The Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team – is world champion Julien Alaphilippemaking a comeback after a horror accident in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and the versatile star Remco Evenepoel. Both men have the pedigree to ride on more hilly terrain and should, with the help of their teammates, be able to make it to the finish.
From the DSM team, Degenkolb is a former shirt winner, having done so in 2014; Valverde, Chris Froome (Israel-First Tech) and Roglic are the other previous winners taking part in this year’s race.
Polka dot jersey (mountains)
With King of the Mountain points awarded differently from race to race, La Vuelta polka dot jersey winners do not usually overlap with overall favorites – unlike the Tour, which saw the winner of the general classification also claim the classification of the mountain three consecutive years.
The La Vuelta classification generally favors breakaways who are also good climbers; Australian Michael Storer is the defending champion but is not entered this year.
Neither the 2020 winner Guillaume Martin nor the 2019 holder Geoffrey Bouchard. The final winner of the blue-white polka dot jersey competing in this year’s race is Thomas De Gendt.
The key stages of the Vuelta a España 2022
La Vuelta a España 2022 begins in the Netherlands with a team time trial around Utrecht. Team time trials have traditionally been used to start La Vuelta in recent years, and the 2022 edition is no exception.
After two new flat stages reminiscent of certain Northern Classics, the race returns to Spanish soil and resumes in the Basque Country with the first of 10 stages with uphill finishes.
The race time in the Basque Country includes a first visit to Peak Jano, which completes step 6; two more mountaintop finishes come at the end of the first week in Asturias on Collau Fancuaya and The Preeres.
The individual time trials will spend their day in the sun, literally, along the coast on stage 10 from Elche to Alicante, before three more mountain top finishes in four stages, including the culminating point. of the race, Sierra Nevada (2508m altitude) on stage 15.
The final week sees the procession of the high mountains, a hallmark of the Vuelta, continue – the monastery of Tentudia (step 17) and Top of the Piornal (stage 18) have never been visited by La Vuelta before. Stage 19 sees the peloton complete two laps of a circuit around the Puerto del Pelagoa delicate 9km climb at 5.9%, before the last stage of the race, will take those who have survived the last 19 days of racing over no less than five classified climbs.
After last year’s detour which saw the race end in Santiago de Compostela to celebrate the historic Camino de Santiago, this year La Vuelta 22 returns to Madrid, the Spanish capital, for the final stage, a procession celebrating the race and its winner similar to the Champs-Élysées Stage of the Tour de France.
Complete route of the Vuelta a España 2022
- Stage 1: August 19, Utrecht to Utrecht (team time trial, 23.3 km)
- Stage 2: August 20, ‘s-Hertogenbosch to Utrecht (175.1 km)
- Stage 3: August 21, Breda to Breda (193.5 km)
- Rest day 1: August 22 (transfer day)
- Stage 4: August 23, Vitoria-Gasteiz to Laguardia (152.5 km)
- Stage 5: August 24, Irun to Bilbao (187.2 km)
- Stage 6: August 25, Bilbao to Ascensión al Pico Jano, San Miguel de Aguayo (181.2 km)
- Stage 7: August 26, Camargo to Cistierna (190km)
- Stage 8: August 27, La Pola Llaviana/Pola de Laviana to Colláu Fancuaya, Yernes y Tameza (153.4 km)
- Stage 9: August 28, Villaviciosa to Les Praeres, Nava (171.4 km)
- Rest day 2: August 29
- Stage 10: August 30, Elche to Alicante (time trial, 30.9 km)
- Stage 11: August 31, ElPozo Alimentación, Alhama de Murcia to Cabo de Gata (191.2 km)
- Stage 12: September 1, Salobreña to Peñas Blancas, Estepona (192.7 km)
- Stage 13: September 2, Ronda to Montilla (168.4 km)
- Stage 14: September 3, Montoro to Sierra de la Pandera (160.3 km)
- Stage 15: September 4, Martos to Sierra Nevada, Alto Hoya de la Mora, Monachil (152.6 km)
- Rest day 3: September 5
- Stage 16: September 6, Sanlúcar de Barrameda to Tomares (189.4 km)
- Stage 17: September 7, Aracena to Monasterio de Tentudía (162.3 km)
- Stage 18: September 8, Trujillo to Alto de Piornal (192 km)
- Stage 19: September 9, Talavera de la Reina to Talavera de la Reina (138.3 km)
- Stage 20: September 10, Moralzarzal to Puerto de Navacerrada (181 km)
- Stage 21, September 11, Las Rozas to Madrid, Paisaje de la Luz (96.7 km)
How to watch the Vuelta a España 2022
Here is a list of live TV broadcasters around the world, many of which also offer live digital coverage.
- Belgium: TRV
- Denmark: TV2
- At European level: Eurosport
- Spain: RTVE
- Brazil: ESPN
- Canada: FloBikes
- Colombia: Caracol
- Latin America and the Caribbean: ESPN
- United States: NBC Sports
- Australia: SBS
- China: Zhibo-TV
- Japan: J Sports
- New Zealand: Sky Sports
- South East Asia: Eurosport
Middle East and Africa
- Middle East and North Africa: Be in sports
- Sub-Saharan Africa: Supersport