By Euro Weekly News Media • 19 August 2017 • 8:51
FAVOURITE: Team Sky's Chris Froome
SPAIN’S Vuelta a España 2017, (Tour of Spain) cycle race gets under way with a 13.7-kilometre team time trial in the city of Nîmes, France today (19 August).
After setting off from Nîmes, the 72nd Vuelta crosses the Pyrenees towards Andorra before spending almost three weeks in Spain.
The total distance of this year’s race is 3,324.1 kilometres (2,065 miles) over 21 stages.
Britain’s 32-year-old Chris Froome (Team Sky) starts the race as hot favourite this year after finishing second to Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in 2016.
Froome appears to have tailored his season to perfection, allowing him to peak for the Vuelta. On the eve of the race he said: “The plan was to have a lighter first part of the season and I think that’s worked. I certainly feel fresher. But whether that’s reflected in the racing we’ll have to wait and see.”
Spain’s three-time winner Alberto Contador announced earlier this month that he would retire following the Vuelta.
Stage one, Saturday Aug 19Nîmes, team time trial, 13.7km
Stage two, Sunday Aug 20Nîmes – Gruissan, 203.4km
Stage three, Monday Aug 21Prades Conflent Canigó – Andorra la Vella, 158.5km
Stage four, Tuesday Aug 22Escaldes-Engordany – Tarragona. Anella Mediterránea 2018, 198.2km
Stage five, Wednesday Aug 23Benicàssim – Alcossebre, 175.7km
Stage six, Thursday Aug 24Villarreal – Sagunt, 204.4km
Stage seven, Friday Aug 25Lliria – Cuenca. Ciudad Patrimonio de la Humanidad, 207km
Stage eight, Saturday Aug 26Hellín – Xorret de Catí. Costa Blanca Interior, 199.5km
Stage nine, Sunday Aug 27Orihuela. Ciudad del Poeta Miguel Hernandez – Cumbre del Sol. El Poble Nou de Benitatxell, 174km
Stage 10, Tuesday Aug 29Caravaca Año Jubilar 2017 – El Pozo Alimentación, 164.8km
Stage 11, Wednesday Aug 30Lorca – Observatorio Astronómico de Calar Alto, 187.5km
Stage 12, Thursday Aug 31Motril – Antequera. Los Dólmenes, 160.1km
Stage 13, Friday Sept 1Coín – Tomares, 198.4km
Stage 14, Saturday Sept 2Écija – Alto Sierra de La Pandera, 175km
Stage 15, Sunday Sept 3Alcalá la Real – Sierra Nevada. Alto Hoya de la Mora. Monachil, 129.4km
Stage 16, Tuesday Sept 5Circuito de Navarra – Logroño, individual time trial, 40.2km
Stage 17, Wednesday Sept 6Villadiego – Los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega, 180.5km
Stage 18, Thursday Sept 7Suances – Santo Toribio de Liébana, 169km
Stage 19, Friday Sept 8Caso. Parque Natural de Redes – Gijón, 149.7km
Stage 20, Saturday Sept 9Corvera de Asturias – Alto de l’Angliru, 117.5km
Stage 21, Sunday Sept 10Arroyomolinos – Madrid, 117.6km
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