Vuelta a España 2023

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Remco Evenepoel celebrates on the podium as leader of the 2022 Vuelta a España

Remco Evenepoel broke through as a Grand Tour contender winning the 2022 Vuelta a España (Image credit: Getty Images)

The Vuelta a España or Tour of Spain will get underway for its 78th edition on 26 August 2023 in Barcelona, with the Gran Salida returning to Spanish soil after last season's start in the Netherlands. The race will finish in Madrid on 17 September 2023.

The dates for the Grand Tours have shifted by one week to make room for the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships. The road events take place between 5-13 August.

Organisers Unipublic will announce the full route of the 2023 Vuelta a España in Barcelona on 10 January 2023.

2023 Vuelta a España

Start date: 26 August 2023

End date: 17 September 2023

Location: Barcelona to Madrid, Spain

We already know some details about the 2023 route: after organisers named Barcelona as hosts of the opening stages, they revealed the first stage will be a 14 kilometre team time trial with an uphill finish in Montjuic Park.

Unipublic also hinted at a summit finish in the Pyrenees, with the Col du Tourmalet possibly on the schedule.

In the 2022 Vuelta a España, Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) dominated in his first serious attempt at winning a Grand Tour. The Belgian took the lead on the first summit finish at Pico Jano and never relinquished the red jersey.

Evenepoel carved out more time on the climb to Les Praeres on stage 9, then again on the stage 10 time trial. He held a two minute advantage on runner-up Enric Mas at the finish in Madrid.

It is uncertain whether 2022 winner Remco Evenepoel will defend his title in 2023 as the world champion may target the Tour de France, which finishes only 34 before the Vuelta.

Because 2023 is the UCI's new unified world championships, Evenepoel will undoubtedly target the men's road race which will be held on Sunday 6 August.

Cyclingnews will have full coverage of the route announcement.

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Vuelta a España records

  • Most stage wins: 39 by Delio Rodríguez in the 1940s
  • Most days in leader's jersey: 48, Alex Zülle
  • Most overall wins: 4, Roberto Heras (one of which he won back in court after being disqualified for doping)
  • Most starts: 17, Iñigo Cuesta

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