Watch Vuelta a España Schedule 2023: Date, times, TV channel, live stream

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The Gran Salida of the 78th edition of the Vuelta a España will take place in Barcelona on August 26, 2023. The Spanish Grand Tour begins with a 14.6-kilometer team time trial in front of raucous local spectators before stage 2 concludes in Catalonia. The reintroduction of the tough Angliru climb in Asturias is one of the highlights. La Vuelta 2023 concludes in Madrid on September 17th. Here is Everything you need to know: How to watch Vuelta a España 2023 live stream online, Schedule, TV Coverage info.

2023 Vuelta a España
Date August 26 – September 17, 2023
Distance 3153.8 kilometres (1,960 miles)
Start location Barcelona
Finish location Madrid
Category UCI WorldTour/Grand Tour
Edition 78th
Previous edition 2022 Vuelta a España
Previous winner Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quickstep-AlphaVinyl

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How to Watch Vuelta a España 2023 Live Online on TV

You may be wondering why you need a guide to learn how to watch the cycling race. Unfortunately, the channels airing the race are geo-restricted, my friends. In other words, they only allow viewers in their country access. You can’t just go watch NBC Sports while residing outside the United States. That is not how it works.

For now, let me show you what the channels are:

  • Fubo TV (USA)
  • RTVE (Spain, Free)
  • Peacock (UK)
  • Cycling.today (International)
  • GCN+ (International)
  • FloBikes (Canada)
  • Eurosport
  • SBS (Australia, Free)

Vuelta a España history

The Vuelta a España, the youngest of the three Grand Tours, was founded in 1935, with early editions interrupted by the Spanish Civil War and World War II.

Since its inception in 1955, the race has gained in stature as one of three Grand Tours. Jacques Anquetil won all three in 1963, becoming the first rider to do so.

The race’s fame took a dark turn in 1968, when it was the target of a terrorist attack by the Basque nationalist group ETA, who detonated a bomb along the course of stage 15 (no one was killed).

Prior to 1995, the race’s April scheduling restricted the calibre of the fields it could attract because it clashed with the major Spring Classics and the Giro d’Italia.

The race has been an important preparation race for the UCI Road World Championships since switching to an August-September time slot.

Luis Ocaa, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Sean Kelly, Tony Rominger, Alberto Contador, Chris Froome, and Alejandro Valverde are among the previous winners. Primo Rogli most recently won three consecutive titles between 2019 and 2021.

Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) dominated the 2022 Vuelta a España in his first major attempt at winning a Grand Tour. The Belgian claimed the lead on the first summit finish at Pico Jano and never looked back.

Because 2023 is the UCI’s new unified world championships, Evenepoel will almost certainly target the men’s road race, which will take place on Sunday, August 6, while the Vuelta begins on August 26.

Vuelta a España 2023 stages:

date start – finish km type
1 26-8 Barcelona – Barcelona 14.6 TTT
2 27-8 Mataró – Barcelona 181.3 hills
3 28-8 Sùria – Arinsal 158.8 mountains
4 29-8 Andorra la Vella – Tarrangona 183,4 flat
5 30-8 Morella – Burriana 185.7 hills
6 31-8 La Valle d’Uixó – Javalambre 181.3 mountains
7 1-9 Utiel – Oliva 188.8 flat
8 2-9 Dénia – Xorret Catí 164.8 mountains
9 3-9 Cartagena – Caravaca de la Cruz 180.9 hills
4-9 rest day
10 5-9 Valladolid – Valladolid 25.0 ITT
11 6-9 Lerma – Laguna Negra 163.2 hills
12 7-9 Ólvega- Zaragoza 165.4 flat
13 8-9 Formigal – Tourmalet 134.7 mountains
14 9-9 Sauveterre-de-Béarn – Larra Belagua 161.7 mountains
15 10-9 Pamplona – Lekunberri 156.5 hills
11-9 rest day
16 12-9 Liencres – Bejes 119.7 hills
17 13-9 Ribadesella – Angliru 122.6 mountains
18 14-9 Pola de Allande – La Cruz de Linares 178.9 mountains
19 15-9 La Bañeza – Íscar 177.4 flat
20 16-9 Manzanares el Real – Guadarrama 208.4 hills
21 17-9 Hipódromo de la Zarzuela – Madrid 101.0 flat

Vuelta 2023: The Route

The Vuelta a España begins on Saturday, August 26 with a team time trial in Barcelona and concludes on Sunday with a flat city circuit in Madrid. What lies in the middle?

La Vuelta begins with a 14.6-kilometer team time trial in Barcelona, and the second stage begins in Mataró and ends atop the Montjuc in the Catalan city.

Stage 3 takes you to Andorra, where you’ll finish at the ski resort above Arinsal. The last ascent is 6.9 kilometers long and has an average grade of 8.2%. La Vuelta then departs from the Pyrenees for stages 4 and 5, which are predicted to be sprint finishes.

In the second half of the first week, the Tour of Spain returns to the Valencia region. The sixth stage is a tough race with a punishing finish near the Javalambre Observatory. The end climb is 11.2 kilometers long and 7.8% grade; however, the second section is far more difficult than the average suggests.

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Stage 7 returns to sprinters, while Stage 8 travels from Denia to Xorret de Cat, where Julian Alaphilippe won in 2017. The finale begins with a 5 kilometer 9% incline that gradually increases to 18% before a 2 kilometer downhill preceding a slightly uphill final kilometer.

Stage 9 passes across rugged terrain to an 8.1-kilometer-long, uneven final climb. Double digit stretches play leapfrog with short downhills, resulting in a 5.4% average grade.

Week 2

2023 does not include the deep – and towering – south of Spain. The vast majority of the trip is spent in northern Spain. The second week of racing begins with an individual time trial in Valladolid before the return of the 2020 finish climb to Laguna Negra. Dan Martin won the 7.7-kilometer race at 5.8% three years ago, ahead of Primoz Roglic and Richard Carapaz. However, the damage will be done in the final 700 meters, where the road rises to 10.5%.

Stage 13 concludes with a summit finish at the Col du Tourmalet, while stage 14 traverses both the French and Spanish sides of the Pyrenees before concluding uphill in the ski resort Larra-Belagua. Stage 15 begins in Pamplona and ends in Lekunberri on Decent.

Week 3

Stage 16 crosses bumpy terrain before finishing on a 5 km with ramps up to 14%, which is a good way to warm up for the terrible Angliru, which could be pivotal in terms of the overall win with its 12.4 kilometers at 9.9%.

Stage 18 follows the same pattern. Following three intermediate hills, the race culminates with an 8.3-kilometer-long double ascent with an average gradient of 8.5%. Stage 19 is a sharp contrast, as the route has very few vertical meters.

And brace yourself for the last chance for climbers. Stage 20 is a high-energy race across the Guadarrama mountains. The route includes 4,000 meters of climbing distributed among ten categorized climbs.

La Vuelta concludes on a flat city circuit in Madrid. In short, stage 21 is ideal for fast men to flourish and the GC leader to bask in his moment of glory.

Vuelta 2023: Riders

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World Tour Teams

AG2R Citroën
Franck Bonamour, Andrea Vendrame, Valentin Retailleau

Alpecin – Deceuninck
Jason Osborne, Robbe Ghys, Dries De Bondt, Lionel Taminaux

Arkéa Samsic
Cristián Rodriguez, Élie Gesbert, Kévin Vauquelin

Astana Qazaqstan Team
David de la Cruz, Harold Tejada

Bahrain Victorious

BORA – hansgrohe
Aleksandr Vlasov, Sergio Higuita, Sam Bennett, Danny van Poppel, Cian Uijtdebroeks

Cofidis
Jesús Herrada, Jonathan Lastra

EF Education – EasyPost
Richard Carapaz, Hugh Carthy, Stefan Bissegger, Simon Carr, Andrea Piccolo, Marijn van den Berg

Groupama – FDJ
Lenny Martinez, Romain Grégoire

INEOS Grenadiers
Geraint Thomas, Carlos Rodriguez, Laurens De Plus

Intermarché – Circus – Wanty
Louis Meintjes, Gerben Thijssen, Rune Herregodts

Jumbo – Visma
Primoz Roglic, Wilco Kelderman, Robert Gesink, Tobias Foss, Sepp Kuss, Koen Bouwman, Attila Valter, Milan Vader, Gijs Leemreize

Lidl – Trek
Giulio Ciccone, Bauke Mollema, Juan Pedro López, Antwan Tolhoek, Jon Aberasturi, Mathias Vacek

Movistar
Enric Mas, Imanol Erviti, José Joaquín Rojas, Óscar Rodríguez, Carlos Verona

Soudal – QuickStep
Remco Evenepoel, Louis Vervaeke, Mauri Vansevenant

Team Jayco AlUla
Eddie Dunbar, Felix Engelhardt

Team dsm – firmenich
Harm Vanhoucke, Marco Brenner

UAE Emirates
João Almeida, Marc Soler, Sebastián Molano, Rui Oliveira

ProTeams
Burgos – BH

Caja Rural – Seguros RGA
Fernando Barceló, Orluis Aular, Jon Barrenetxea, Julen Amezqueta, Eduard Prades, Jefferson Cepeda, Abel Balderstone, Joel Nicolau

Lotto – Dstny
Thomas De Gendt, Victor Campenaerts, Arjen Livyns, Lennert Van Eetvelt, Andreas Kron

TotalEnergies
Paul Ourselin

Vuelta a España: Winners and records

The Vuelta a España is the most physically demanding of the three Grand Tours. Unless you’re seeking some forgotten sprinter stages, you don’t even need to travel there without them. Cyclingstage.com showcases the most recent winners.

The overall leader can be identified by his red shirt. The green jersey is wrapped around the shoulders of the first man in the points classification, who is usually a climber due to all of the top finishes. The winner of the KOM classification receives a polka dot jersey, similar to the Tour de France, with the exception that the dots are blue rather than red.

In 2019, La Vuelta for the first time included a category for the best young rider. Before that, a composite classification, which was a sophisticated mix of the previous three classes, was required.

Year GC Points Mountains Youth
2023 ? ? ? ?
2022 Remco Evenepoel Mads Pedersen Richard Carapaz Remco Evenepoel
2021 Primoz Roglic Fabio Jakobsen Michael Storer Gino Mäder
2020 Primoz Roglic Primoz Roglic Guillaume Martin Enric Mas
2019 Primoz Roglic Primoz Roglic Geoffrey Bouchard Tadej Pogacar
2018 Simon Yates Alejandro Valverde Thomas De Gendt
2017 Chris Froome Chris Froome Davide Villella
2016 Nairo Quintana Fabio Felline Omar Fraille
2015 Fabio Aru Alejandro Valverde Omar Fraille
2014 Alberto Contador John Degenkolb Luis León Sanchez
2013 Chris Horner Alejandro Valverde Nicolas Edet
2012 Alberto Contador Alejandro Valverde Simon Clarke
2011 Chris Froome Bauke Mollema David Moncoutié
2010 Vincenzo Nibali Mark Cavendish David Moncoutié
2009 Alejandro Valverde André Greipel David Moncoutié
2008 Alberto Contador Greg Van Avermaet David Moncoutié

Records in the Vuelta a España

Roberto Heras holds the record with 5 total victories. Primoz Roglic, the only remaining active driver, comes closest with two GC victories.

When it comes to stage victories, only one rider reigns supreme. Delio Rodrguez of Spain won 33 stages in the 1940s, including 12 of the 22 stages in the 1941 edition. Alessandro Petacchi comes in second place with 20 stages.

In the 1984 Vuelta, the GC gap was the narrowest ever recorded in a Grand Tour. The race was won by Eric Caritoux (France) with a 6-second lead over Alberto Fernandez Blanco (Spain).
Alberto Contador’s bio

 

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