Vuelta a España: stage previews

A look at the Vuelta's 21 stages, with profiles and insights from the experts

The 70th edition of the Vuelta a España has a familiar feel but lots of unfamiliar details. The route is heavy on mountains but Spain’s rugged topography provides so much scope for choosing climbs that all nine of this year’s summit finishes are new to the race. 

Intriguingly, none of them feature in the third week, which could mean strategy is as crucial as strength in the last five stages. The final Grand Tour of the season begins, as it did last year, in Andalucía. The action kicks off on Saturday with a beach-side team time trial into Marbella that’s followed by the first summit finish at the Caminito del Rey.

The pressure will build through the opening week and reach boiling point after the first rest day when the riders face what has been described as the toughest mountain stage in Vuelta history. Six Andorran climbs have been crowbarred into just 138km of racing to give a shark-toothed profile. But this is by no means the last difficult point along the way. 

Cyclingnews and Procycling magazine bring you full stage previews for the race, with a look at what to expect on each of the 21 days, along with stage profiles and insights from the likes of race director Javier Guillén, two-time Vuelta runner-up Fernando Escartín, Movistar directeur sportif José Luis Arrieta, and Team Sky climber David López.

You can sink your teeth into it all and whet your appetite using the links below, or via our Vuelta a España homepage.

Stage 1: Porto Banus - Marbella, 7.4 km

Stage 2: Alhaurin de la Torre - Caminito del Rey, 158.7 km

Stage 3: Mijas - Málaga, 158.4 km

Stage 4: Estepona - Vejer de la Frontera, 209.6 km

Stage 5: Rota - Alcalá de Guadáira, 167.3 km

Stage 6: Cordoba - Cazorla, 200.3 km

Stage 7: Jodar - La Alpujarra, 191.1 km

Stage 8: Puebla de Don Fabrique - Murcia, 182.5 km

Stage 9: Torrevieja - Cumbre del Sol, 168.3 km

Stage 10: Valencia - Castellón, 146.6 km

Stage 11: Andorra la Vella - Cortals d'Encamp, 138 km

Stage 12: Escaldes-Engordany. Andorra - Lleida, 173 km

Stage 13: Catalayud - Tarazona, 178 km

Stage 14: Vitoria/ Alto Campoo - Fuente del Chivo, 215 km

Stage 15: Comillas - Sostres. Cabrales, 175.8 km

Stage 16: Luarca - Ermita del Alba. Quirós, 185 km

Stage 17: Burgos - Burgos (ITT), 38.7 km

Stage 18: Roa - Riaza, 204 km

Stage 19: Medina del Campo - Ávila, 185.8 km

Stage 20: San Lorenzo de El Escorial - Cercedilla, 175.8 km

Stage 21: Alcalá de Henares - Madrid, 98.8 km

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