The 71st Vuelta a Espana starts this Saturday with a 27.8km team time trial from Balneario Laias to Castrelo de Mino in Galicia with general classification heavy weights Chris Froome (Team Sky), Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) aiming for the victory and Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange) and Steven Kuijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) among the challengers.
The GC is likely to be decided on the ten summit finishes and the stage 19 time trial from Xabia to Calp, although as Contador's stage 17 attack in 2012 proved, the Vuelta can be won and lost at any moment.
Cyclingnews is counting down to the start of the Vuelta with daily features that will conclude Friday.
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Cyclingnews will have live coverage of all 21 stages with daily race reports, results, photo galleries and video highlights. You will also find exclusive news articles on Cyclingnews across the three weeks from our staff reporters on the race, so make sure to bookmark the Vuelta a Espana race page, including stage previews and profiles,by clicking here.
Click here to listen to our special Vuelta a Espana podcast. We speak to our resident correspondent in Spain, Alasdair Fotheringham, with Matt White – the man who masterminded Esteban Chaves' second place at the Giro d'Italia and Adam Yates' fourth overall the Tour de France. We speak to Steven de Jongh, the team director looking to close out his time at Tinkoff by helping Contador win his fourth Vuelta crown.
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