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2016 Vuelta a Espana start list

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Chris Froome pumps the air after his daring attacks landed him the stage and yellow jersey

Chris Froome pumps the air after his daring attacks landed him the stage and yellow jersey (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The full 2016 Vuelta a Espana race route

The full 2016 Vuelta a Espana race route (Image credit: ASO)
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Chris Froome (Team Sky) at RideLondon Classic

Chris Froome (Team Sky) at RideLondon Classic
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Nario Quintana (Movistar) at the start of stage 20 at the Tour de France

Nario Quintana (Movistar) at the start of stage 20 at the Tour de France
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Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) all smiles on the podium after his stage 14 victory

Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge) all smiles on the podium after his stage 14 victory
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A relaxed looking Tejay van Garderen (BMC)

A relaxed looking Tejay van Garderen (BMC) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)

The Vuelta a Espana kicks off this Saturday with a star-studded line-up that will see Chris Froome (Team Sky) go up against Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), the USA's Tejay van Garderen (BMC), Esteban Chaves (Orica-Bike Exchange) and Steven Kruisjwijk (LottoNL-Jumbo).

See the official start list here.

This year's Vuelta a Espana will be a race redemption for those who struggled at the Tour de France and for the likes of Andre Talansky, who is looking to get this Grand Tour career back on track in Spain. The American is part of a strong Cannondale-Drapac team that also includes Joe Dombrowski and Davide Formolo.

Other stand-out names include Belgian national champion Philippe Gilbert (BMC), Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-QuickStep), Louis Meintjes (Lampre-Merida), Robert Gesink (LottoNL-Jumbo), Britain's High Carthy (Caja Rural) and Simon Gerrans (Orica-BikeExchange).

Adam Hansen (Lotto Soudal) is also set to ride the Vuelta a Espana, further extending his record of consecutive Grand Tours to 16.

This provisional list will be updated when rosters are officially announced by the teams. The final official start list will be issued on the eve of the race.

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