One of the biggest cycling events of the year, Vuelta a Espana, is just around the corner with the multi-stage bicycle race starting this Friday in Utrecht, Netherlands. Let us find out all the details regarding the Vuelta a Espana 2022.
Nicknamed La Vuelta, this race is a part of the UCI World Tour and was established in 1935. It is considered among the most reputed races in the world because of its grand-tour status along with two other events, Tour de France and Giro d’Italia. La Vuelta mainly takes place in Spain, although the race track does cover parts of other bordering countries like the Netherlands, Belgium, and Portugal.
2022 Vuelta a Espana marks the 77th edition of the prestigious event. Being the final grand tour of the year, the hype for this year’s Tour of Spain is massive in the bicycle racing world. This 21-stage and the 3-week-long race will feature the best cyclists in the world.
The defending champion, Richard Carapaz, who has won the last three La Vuelta, is back this year to lift the trophy in Madrid for the fourth time in a row. Other than Carapay, some of the names to look out for are; Alejandro Valverde, Remco Evenepoel, and Simon Yates.
When will the event be held?
Vuelta a Vuelta a Espana 2022 is set to be held between August 19 – September 11. 21 stages of intense racing will be played out in 3-weeks of racing
Vuelta a Vuelta a Espana 2022: Schedule
|Stage||Date||Start Time- Finish Time (CET)|
|1||19 August||18:30- 20:22|
|2||20 August||13:15- 17:30|
|3||21 August||12:25- 17:15|
|4||23 August||13:40- 17:30|
|5||24 August||12:45- 17:30|
|6||25 August||12:20- 17:30|
|7||26 August||12:30- 17:30|
|8||27 August||13:10- 17:30|
|9||28 August||12:40- 17:30|
|10||30 August||14:40- 17:30|
|11||31 August||12:35- 17:30|
|12||1 September||12:25- 17:30|
|13||2 September||13:15- 17:30|
|14||3 September||13:05- 17:30|
|15||4 September||13:05- 17:30|
|16||6 September||12:45- 17:30|
|17||7 September||13:05- 17:30|
|18||8 September||12:10- 17:30|
|19||9 September||13:55- 17:30|
|20||10 September||12:45- 17:30|
|21||11 September||17:10- 19:58|
How to Watch Vuelta a Espana 2022?
Vuelta a Espana 2022 will be available to watch on TV and on Livestream both. Let us have a look at how to watch La Vuelta and catch all the action from the Tour of Spain.
Eurosport will air the event live for the people across Europe, including the UK.
Discovery is the official live stream partner of Eurosport and will carry the broadcast of Eurosport
GCN+ also has the rights to telecast the race in specific regions of Europe.
Peacock is a live streaming service that will let you access the live coverage of the race. The subscription to peacock costs $4.99/month.
Other than these, platforms such as; SBS and RTVE will broadcast Vuelta a Espana 2022 for their respective regions in Australia and Spain.
Where will the event be held?
The Vuelta a Espana 2022 is generally held in Spain and its neighboring countries. This year is no different as the race will start in Utrecht, Netherlands, and finish in Madrid, the capital of Spain.
The participating cyclists will travel 3,280.5 km in the 21-days of racing across the tracks of three countries, Spain, the Netherlands, and Belgium.
Vuelta a Espana 2022: Routes and Stages
- Stage 1:
Utrecht – Utrecht (23.3km)- TTT
- Stage 2:
‘s-Hertogenbosch – Utrecht 175.1km- Flat
- Stage 3:
Breda – Breda 193.5km- Flat
- Stage 4
Vitoria-Gasteiz – Laguardia 152.5km- Hilly
- Stage 5:
Irun – Bilbao 187.2km- Hilly
- Stage 6:
Bilbao – Ascensión al Pico Jano. San Miguel de Aguayo- 181.2km- Mountain
- Stage 7:
Camargo – Cistierna- 190 km- Hilly
- Stage 8:
La Pola Llaviana/Pola de Laviana – Colláu Fancuaya. Yernes y Tameza- 153.4km- Mountain
- Stage 9.
Villaviciosa – Les Praeres. Nava- 171.4km- Mountain
- Stage 10:
Elche – Alicante- 30.9km- ITT
- Stage 11:
ElPozo Alimentación – Cabo de Gata- 191.2km- Flat
- Stage 12:
Salobreña – Peñas Blancas. Estepona- 192.7km- Mountain
- Stage 13:
Ronda – Montilla- 168.4km – Flat
- Stage 14:
Ronda – Montoro – Sierra de La Pandera- 160.3km- Mountain
- Stage 15:
Martos – Sierra Nevada. Alto Hoya de la Mora. Monachil- 149.6km- Mountain
- Stage 16:
Martos -Sanlúcar de Barrameda – Tomares- 189.4km- Flat
- Stage 17:
Aracena – Monasterio de Tentudía- 162.3km- Mountain
- Stage 18:
Trujillo – Alto de Piornal- 192km- Mountain
- Stage 19:
Talavera de la Reina – Talavera de la Reina- 138.3km- Hilly
- Stage 20:
Moralzarzal – Puerto de Navacerrada- 181km- Mountain
- Stage 21:
Las Rozas – Madrid. Paisaje de la Luz- 96.7km
*TTT＝Team Time Trial
Vuelta a Espana 2022: Teams
A total 23 teams have joined the 2022 Vuelta a España. The 18 UCI WorldTeams who are obligated to participate are joined with 5 UCI ProTeams. Let’s have a look at the 2022 La Vuelta:
- AG2R Citroën Team
- Astana Qazaqstan
- Bahrain Victorious
- EF Education-EasyPost
- Ineos Grenadiers
- Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
- Israel-Premier Tech
- Lotto Soudal
- Movistar Team
- Team BikeExchange-Jayco
- Team DSM
- UAE Team Emirates
- Team Arkéa-Samsic
- Equipo Kern Pharma