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This year's route will include two individual time trials. The Spanish Grand Tour will start on August 25 with an 8km individual time trial in Málaga, and the southern city will host the first three stages. The second time trial, 32km, is on stage 16 during the decisive third week.
This year's nine summit finishes range from mid-mountain stages to G.C.-decisive ascents. They will begin on Alto de la Mesa (stage 2), Alfacar (stage 4) and La Covatilla (stage 9).
The next series of ascents bring the peloton up the more decisive La Camperona (stage 13), Les Praeres de Nava (stage 14) and the storied Lagos de Covadonga (stage 15).
In the final week, overall contenders will face finales on the Monte Oiz/Balcon de Bizkaia (stage 17), and Naturlandia's Coll de la Rabassa (stage 19) and Coll de la Gallina (stage 20), both in Andorra.
There are also four mid-mountain stages, six flat stages and two rest days.
The race will be held a week later than 2017 in order to avoid a clash with Málaga's annual Feria. The Vuelta a España will finish in Madrid on September 16.
Chris Froome (Team Sky) is the defending champion of the Vuelta although it is unsure if he will defend his title with the Briton announcing a fifth Tour de France win is his priority for the 2018 season.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky||82:30:02|
|2||Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida||0:02:15|
|3||Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin||0:02:51|
|4||Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb||0:03:15|
|5||Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo||0:03:18|
|6||Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky||0:06:59|
|7||Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac||0:08:27|
|8||Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team||0:09:13|
|9||Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo||0:11:18|
|10||Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team||0:15:50|