Vuelta 2017
España 2017 route19.08.17 - 10.09.17
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La Vuelta a Espana 2017 Preview

What is Vuelta?

For those unfamiliar with the sport of cycling, Grand Tour implies a lengthy and gruelling three-week event covering almost the entire country. The Vuelta 2017 a Espana (or translated into English as the Tour of Spain) is one of the three Grand Tours in the world. Tour de France, which takes place in France, and Giro d’Italia, a similar version in Italy, are the other two major events of such a nature. La Vuelta 2017 will be the 71st edition of the event, which was first organised in 1935. It follows up a successful Vuelta a Espana 2015.

Vuelta a Espana 2015 Recap

Fabio Aru of the Astana Racing team managed to win his first ever Grand Tour title. The red jersey, which is awarded to the winners of the Vuelta a Espana, was handed over to the Italian, as he managed to maintain an overall lead even after John Degenkolb’s success towards the end of the race. Degenkolb managed to win the final stage in Madrid after an excellent sprint. The overall results of the Tour of Spain 2015 turned out to be a major surprise since many expected the likes of Alberto Contador of Tinkoff–Saxo, Chris Froome of Team Sky, Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana of Movistar Team, and Vincenzo Nibali of Astana to be successful. After all, these riders had the experience of winning Grand Tours in the past.

A gruelling season combined with a focus on other titles led to a majority of these contenders dropping out. Seasoned punters and bookmakers will be aware that such Grand Tours are invariably won on the hilly and mountainous stages. Aru was impressive from stage 11 to 15 – which encompassed a majority of the hilly stages. Movistar Team, who had two riders as pretournament favourites, may not have witnessed the riders make it into the top three of the general classification results, but they came out on top in the team classification results.

Vuelta a Espana 2017 Favourites

As soon as the group stages for the Vuelta 2017 came through the Vuelta news, it became apparent that riders who do well on flights and hilly stages have a great opportunity to win the title. Compared with the 2015 edition which had six clear-cut high mountainous stages, La Vuelta 2017 only has three high mountainous stages – Lugones – Lagos de Covadonga, Urdatx-D antxarinea – Aubisque, and Benidorm – Alto de Aitana. The rest of the race is dominated by medium mountain and hilly stages.

It would be no surprise to see a majority of the front runners like Chris Froome and Alberto Contador once again being ranked as the favourites for the title. It is highly unlikely that Aru – even with the experience from 2015 – would be considered as a good racer to defend the title. Vuelta 2017, though, could throw in a surprise just like the 2015 edition. The last two editions of the Vuelta a Espana started in the Andalusia, but the 2017 version will see the race spending much of the first week in the north-west of Spain.

Final Stage Competition starts in :
List of stages
Stage Type Date Course Distance
1
Team time trial
19 August
19 August Nîmes / Nîmes
13.8 km
13.8 km
2
Flat
20 August
20 August Nîmes / Gruissan. Grand Narbonne. Aude
201 km
201 km
3
Mountain
21 August
21 August Prades Conflent Canigó / Andorra la Vella
158.5 km
158.5 km
4
Flat
22 August
22 August Escaldes-Engordany / Tarragona. Anella Mediterránea 2018
193 km
193 km
5
Hilly
23 August
23 August Benicàssim / Alcossebre
173.4 km
173.4 km
6
Hilly
24 August
24 August Vila-real / Sagunt
198 km
198 km
7
Hilly
25 August
25 August Llíria / Cuenca. Ciudad Patrimonio de la Humanidad
205.2 km
205.2 km
8
Hilly
26 August
26 August Hellín / Xorret de Catí. Costa Blanca Interior
184 km
184 km
9
Flat
27 August
27 August Orihuela. Ciudad del Poeta Miguel Hernández / Cumbre del Sol. El Poble Nou de Benitatxell
176.3 km
176.3 km
10
Flat
29 August
29 August Caravaca Año Jubilar 2017 / ElPozo Alimentación
171 km
171 km
11
Hilly
30 August
30 August Lorca / Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto
188 km
188 km
12
Hilly
31 August
31 August Motril / Antequera. Los Dólmenes
161.4 km
161.4 km
13
Flat
1 September
1 September Coín / Tomares
197 km
197 km
14
Mountain
2 September
2 September Écija / Sierra de La Pandera
185.5 km
185.5 km
15
Mountain
3 September
3 September Alcalá la Real / Sierra Nevada. Alto Hoya de la Mora
127 km
127 km
16
Individual time trial
5 September
5 September Circuito de Navarra / Logroño
42 km
42 km
17
Mountain
6 September
6 September Villadiego / Los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega
180 km
180 km
18
Hilly
7 September
7 September Suances / Santo Toribio de Liébana
168.5 km
168.5 km
19
Hilly
8 September
8 September Caso. Parque Natural de Redes / Gijón
153 km
153 km
20
Mountain
9 September
9 September Corvera de Asturias / Alto de l'Angliru
119.2 km
119.2 km
21
Flat
10 September
10 September Arroyomolinos / Madrid
101.9 km
101.9 km
Total: 3,297.7 km
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