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Vuelta a España 2022: Route, start list, live TV guide and all we know so far

All you need to know about the route, riders and television coverage of the 2022 Vuelta a España

Will Strickson
4 Aug 2022

Vuelta a Espana 2022: Key information

Dates: Friday 19th August to Sunday 11th September 2022  
Gran Partidas: Utrecht, Netherlands  
Final: Madrid, Spain  
Television coverage: Eurosport, GCN+, Discovery+

Where does the time go? The Vuelta a España – the final Grand Tour of the year – is right around the corner and it could just be the most competitive three-week race of 2022.

The race starts with a Gran Partidas in Utrecht, with three stages around the Netherlands before heading to Spain, where riders will head west along the north coast before a huge transfer to Alicante in the south east and finally skirting the south coast westwards and up to the finish in Madrid.

Although the Vuelta is typically known as a race that suits pure climbers, there are plenty of opportunities for sprinters to bag themselves and their teams a stage win.

There’s also the welcome addition of a team time-trial to kick things off, one of two tests against the clock with the other coming in the form of a 30.9km ITT on Stage 10.

Don’t fret though, there are still a host of uphill finishes and tough climbs to make it a spectacle.

There has been no official word on whether Primož Roglič will return to go for a fourth consecutive red jersey win, but it looks unlikely, so the general classification looks to be wide open with those who rode the Giro d’Italia coming back for a second chance alongside some who skipped or crashed out of the Tour de France.

Look out for maglia rosa winner Jai Hindley and runner up Richard Carapaz, as well as a flying Remco Evenepoel competing for the mailot rojo alongside the likes of Enric Mas, Miguel Ángel López, João Almeida, Jack Haig, Mikel Landa and Carlos Rodríguez.

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Vuelta a España 2022 route

 

Vuelta a España 2022 stage-by-stage preview

Stage 1: Friday 19th August, Utrecht - Utrecht, 23.3km, TTT

This opening team time-trial could actually be a close contest, with Jumbo-Visma, QuickStep Alpha Vinyl and Ineos Grenadiers all boasting strong squads of TT specialists.

Stage 2: Saturday 20th August, ‘s-Hertogenbosch - Utrecht, 175.1km

While the earth may not be, Netherlands is flat. ‘Alto’ is doing a lot of heavy lifting for a Dutch climb. This one will be a sprinter’s stage, just a shame the best Dutch sprinters were at the Tour de France. 

The intermediate sprint is perilously close to the finish, so expect whoever wins the first points to not win the stage.

Stage 3: Sunday 21st August, Breda - Breda, 193.5km

Breda-nd butter for the sprinters as they wave tot ziens to the low lands via a brief hallo to Belgium.

Stage 4: Tuesday 23rd August, Vitoria-Gasteiz - Laguardia, 152.5km

Hola España. We go straight into the good stuff with a stage that will either be a breakaway or a puncheur’s finish on that last ramp. I'll say the latter, teams will look to preserve the red jersey this early in the race. 

Could it be the return of Julian Alaphilippe?

Stage 5: Wednesday 24th August, Irun - Bilbao, 187.2km

Lumpy. Again, it’s too hard for the pure sprinters however with a rider like Ethan Hayter in the race, Ineos Grenadiers may wish to deny a breakaway to give Hayter a first Grand Tour stage win.

Stage 6: Thursday 25th August, Bilbao - Ascensiòn al Pico Jano/San Miguel de Aguayo, 181.2km

This is why we love the Vuelta, Stage 6: GC explosion. A massive 20km of climbing to our first summit finish will give us a chance to see who’s got it and who wants to light the race up in week one.

Stage 7: Friday 26th August, Camargo - Cistierna, 190km

No, it’s not a ski jumping slope – although it could be the organisers’ tribute to Roglič – it’s a ruddy great climb to see off most fast men before a long descent to the finish. Ethan Hayter is the British Wout van Aert, but we’ll see how he goes on the climb.

Stage 8: Saturday 27th August, La Pola Llaviana - Collàu Fancuaya/Yernes y Tameza, 153.4km

The Collàu Fancuaya is the Asturias region’s latest climb having been properly surfaced to make it race-ready. With so plenty of tough but short bumps to weaken the legs, it’s sure to be another spicy finale. You’d think breakaways will be allowed to go at this point in the race.

Stage 9: Sunday 28th August, Villaviciosa - Les Praeres/Nava, 171.4km

The Vuelta does not hold back. Finishing the first week is a third summit finish, though mercifully smaller than Saturday’s stage, there’s bound to be gaps on the final climb with plenty of tired legs already and a rest day incoming.

Stage 10: Tuesday 30th August, Elche - Alicante, 30.9km, ITT

Either an opportunity for Evenepoel to get time back or distance his rivals – unless Roglič does race and is healthy – place your bets on the Belgian at least bagging a stage win.

Stage 11: Wednesday 31st August, ElPozo Alimentación - Cabo de Gata, 191.2km

A rest day and a TT give the sprinters bags of time to recover the legs for a full gas bunch sprint on Stage 11.

Stage 12: Thursday 1st September, Salobreña - Peñas Blancas/Estepona, 192.7km

They only get one bite though as the race gets straight back into the proper action with yet another summit finish. Legs should be pretty fresh going into that big finish so it’ll probably be as you were on GC and a potential breakaway win.

Stage 13: Friday 2nd September, Ronda - Montilla, 168.4km

Really not sure about these intermediate sprints so late on but with bonus seconds on offer seemingly everywhere too we could just see GC contenders – or their teammates – going for it. Probably a sprint here if the trains can bring back a keen breakaway.

Stage 14: Saturday 3rd September, Montoro - Sierra de La Pandera, 160.3km

You say ‘summit finish’, the Vuelta says ‘how high?’ This next one tops out just over 1,800m above sea level. If the GC is actually close, these bonus seconds on climbs will be hotly contested.

Stage 15: Sunday 4th September, Martos - Sierra Nevada/Alto Hoya de la Mora/Monachil

‘Oh 1,800m wasn’t enough?’ Just the 2,500 metres of altitude here. This is where Miguel Ángel López gets his stage win to close out week two of the race. Carapaz could also benefit big time from the conditions. Evenepoel will suffer.

Stage 16: Tuesday 6th September, Sanlúcar de Barrameda - Tomares, 189.4km

A sprint stage that could be threatened by the short ramp towards the end if anyone’s brave enough to try something.

Stage 17: Wednesday 7th September, Aracena - Monasterio de Tentudía, 162.3km

Big breakaway. Peloton will take it easy with not too difficult climbs and enough riders up the road to clean up bonus seconds.

Stage 18: Thursday 8th September, Trujillo - Alto de Piornal, 192km

We’re genuinely spoilt by the race organisers. I count 8.5 summit finishes in total this year – with the half to come later – let’s just hope it's as competitive as it seems.

Stage 19: Friday 9th September, Talavera de la Reina - Talavera de la Reina, 138.3km

It’s at this point you’re thinking ‘why bother?’ if you’re a sprinter. Unless anyone’s brave enough for a descending clinic – Vincenzo Nibali’s last dance perhaps? – you’d think a breakaway wins this one.

Stage 20: Saturday 10th September, Moralzarzal - Puerto de Navacerrada, 181km

See, that’s half a summit finish. The final mountain stage of the Vuelta should see action no matter how big the gaps, remember last year?

Stage 21: Sunday 11th September, Las Rozas - Madrid/Paisaje de la Luz, 96.7km

You thought you didn’t like the Tour de France procession, how about a 96.7km sprint stage to finish off the 2022 Vuelta a España? Somebody call the policía.

 

Vuelta a Espana 2022: Live TV guide

Live TV coverage of the 2022 Vuelta a España will be on Eurosport, GCN+ and Discovery+

All coverage times and channels are subject to change

Stage 1: Friday 19th August

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Stage 2: Saturday 20th August

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Stage 3: Sunday 21st August

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Stage 4: Tuesday 23rd August

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Stage 5: Wednesday 24th August

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Stage 6: Thursday 25th August

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Stage 7: Friday 26th August

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Stage 8: Saturday 27th August

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Stage 9: Sunday 28th August

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Rest Day: Monday 29th August

Stage 10: Tuesday 30th August

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Stage 11: Wednesday 31st August

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Stage 12: Thursday 1st September

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Stage 13: Friday 2nd September

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Stage 14: Saturday 3rd September

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Stage 15: Sunday 4th September

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Rest Day: Monday 5th September

Stage 16: Tuesday 6th September

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Stage 17: Wednesday 7th September

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Stage 18: Thursday 8th September

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Stage 19: Friday 9th September

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Stage 20: Saturday 10th September

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Stage 21: Sunday 11th September

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Vuelta a España 2022: Start list

WorldTour teams

AG2R-Citroën

Astana Qazaqstan

Bahrain Victorious

BikeExchange-Jayco

Bora-Hansgrohe

Cofidis

EF Education-EasyPost

Groupama-FDJ

Ineos Grenadiers

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux

Israel-Premier Tech

Jumbo-Visma

Lotto Soudal

Movistar

QuickStep Alpha Vinyl

Team DSM

Trek-Segafredo

UAE Team Emirates

Wildcard Teams 

Alpecin-Deceuninck

Arkéa-Samsic

Burgos-BH

Equipo Kern Pharma

Euskaltel-Euskadi

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