Vuelta a España

Balneario Laias
August 20
Madrid
September 11
Duration:
23 DAYS
Stages:
21
Total distance:
3314.7 KMS
Vuelta a España

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Nikias Arndt Warren Barguil Johannes Fröhlinger Chad Haga Sindre Skjøstad Lunke Tom Stamsnijder Zico Waeytens

Following successful campaigns at the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France, winning two stages at each, the team heads to this year’s Vuelta with confidence. Team Giant-Alpecin returns to Spain after being close to the overall podium with Tom Dumoulin last year and after having won three stages. For this year the team will once again focus on stage success in the sprints and in the breakaways when the opportunities arise.

Like last year, the race gets underway with a team time trial of 29.4km, in the province of Ourense. The first mountain stage comes on stage three with a summit finish in Mirador de Ézaro. The rest of the race presents a plethora of different opportunities and should give the team with chances for more than one rider to compete for a stage result.

Team Giant-Alpecin will be targeting the sprints with Nikias Arndt, and he will be looking to win his second Grand Tour stage victory after his success at the Giro d’Italia. The team has strong lead-out capabilities to support Arndt with experienced Koen de Kort, Tom Stamsnijder, Tobias Ludvigsson and fast Zico Waeytens. The 23-year-old Norwegian Sindre Skjøstad Lunke is set to make his Grand Tour debut in Spain, while Warren Barguil will focus on stage results in his third Vuelta appearance. The opportunists in the line-up include Chad Haga and Ludvigsson who are capable of proving their strength against the clock, and German road captain Johannes Fröhlinger will be using his experience to lead the team through the 21 stages, as he starts his 13th Grand Tour.

Speaking about the line-up for the Vuelta, coach Luke Roberts said: “Our objective will be on stage results. Firstly in the sprints where there should be plenty of opportunities for a fast finish during the three weeks. In parallel, we will apply an offensive strategy when the stages become more difficult to target results from the breakaways. Finally with Warren, we will see how the race evolves to give him the best chances for stage success.”

Saturday
August 20
Stage 1 (TTT)
27.8 kms
Start: Balneario Laias
Finish: Parque Náutico de Castrelo de Miño

Sunday
August 21
Stage 2
160.8 kms
Start: Ourense
Finish: Baiona

Monday
August 22
Stage 3
176.4 kms
Start: Marín
Finish: Dumbría. Mirador de Ízaro

Tuesday
August 23
Stage 4
163.5 kms
Start: Betanzos
Finish: San Andrés de Teixido

Wednesday
August 24
Stage 5
171.3 kms
Start: Viveiro
Finish: Lugo

Thursday
August 25
Stage 6
163.2 kms
Start: Monforte de Lemos
Finish: Luintra. Ribera Sacra

Friday
August 26
Stage 7
158.5 kms
Start: Maceda
Finish: Puebla de Sanabria

Saturday
August 27
Stage 8
181.5 kms
Start: Villalpando
Finish: La Camperona. Valle de Sabero

Sunday
August 28
Stage 9
164.5 kms
Start: Cistierna
Finish: Oviedo. Alto del Naranco

Monday
August 29
Stage 10
188.7 kms
Start: Lugones
Finish: Lagos de Covadonga

Wednesday
August 31
Stage 11
168.6 kms
Start: Colunga. Museo Jurásico
Finish: Pena Cabarga

Thursday
September 01
Stage 12
193.2 kms
Start: Los Corrales de Buelna
Finish: Bilbao

Friday
September 02
Stage 13
213.4 kms
Start: Bilbao
Finish: Urdax-Dantxarinea

Saturday
September 03
Stage 14
196 kms
Start: Urdatx-Dantxarinea
Finish: Aubisque

Sunday
September 04
Stage 15
118.5 kms
Start: Sabiñánigo
Finish: Sallent de Gállego. Aramon Formigal

Monday
September 05
Stage 16
156.4 kms
Start: Alcañiz
Finish: Peñíscola

Wednesday
September 07
Stage 17
177.5 kms
Start: Castellón
Finish: Llucena. Camins del Penygolosa

Thursday
September 08
Stage 18
200.6 kms
Start: Requena
Finish: Gandía

Friday
September 09
Stage 19 (ITT)
37 kms
Start: Xàbia
Finish: Calp

Saturday
September 10
Stage 20
193.2 kms
Start: Benidorm
Finish: Alto de Aitana. Escuadrón Ejército del Aire

Sunday
September 11
Stage 21
104.1 kms
Start: Las Rozas
Finish: Madrid