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Vuelta a España Stats

– 22 teams will ride this year’s edition (18 World Tour and 4 Pro Continental)

– Of these, Bora-Argon 18, Caja Rural, Cannondale-Drapac and Direct Energie are winless in the World Tour this season

– 20th August will mark the 1494th day since Direct Energie’s last stage victory in a Grand Tour

– The 71st running of the race has 3315,4 kilometers, a team time trial, an individual time trial, ten uphill finishes and a total of 51 categorized climbs

– Aramon Formigal – which will host the finish of stage 15 – is the highest point of this year’s race – 1800 meters

– Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde are the two former winners to line up at the start

– Chris Froome will try to become the third rider, following Jacques Anquetil (1963) and Bernard Hinault (1978), to make the Tour de France-Vuelta a España double in the same season

– Nairo Quintana can become the first Colombian to podium in all three Grand Tours

– The cyclists who came to the start in Galicia have won a combined total of 13 Grand Tours, 9 Monuments, 2 world titles and more than 80 Grand Tour stages

– Lotto-Soudal’s Adam Hansen is racing his 16th consecutive Grand Tour, after completing the previous 15

– Julien Bernard, Patrick Bevin, François Bidard, Koen Bouwman, Lilian Calmejane, Romain Cardis, Nick Dougall, Odd Christian Eiking, Michael Gogl, Jack Haig, Silvio Herklotz, Sindre Lunke, Matvey Mamykin, Gregor Mühlberger, Jhonathan Restrepo and Jaime Roson are the 16 neo-pros who will make their debut in a Grand Tour

– Odd Christian Eiking is the youngest cyclist in the race (21 years), while Haimar Zubeldia is the oldest one (39 years)

– Youngest team in the race is Lampre-Merida (26,4 years); Tinkoff is the oldest one (31.5 years)

– Surprisingly, France is the nation with the most riders at the start (34), ahead of Spain (27) and Belgium (21)

– Haimar Zubeldia is the active rider with the most participations, 12 including this one

– The Vuelta will have six new arrival locations: Parque Nautico de Castrelo de Miño, San Andres de Teixido, Luintra. Ribeira Sacra, Urdax-Dantxarinea Aubisque – Gourette and Llucena. Camins del Penyagolosa

Who will win the Vuelta a España?

Vuelta a España favourites – race days/wins

Esteban Chaves – 38/1

Steven Kruijswijk – 45/0

Miguel Angel Lopez – 46/3

Alberto Contador – 48/5

Chris Froome – 51/8

Nairo Quintana – 53/5

Alejandro Valverde – 70/7

2016 Vuelta a España Startlist

AG2R: Gediminas Bagdonas, Jan Bakelants, François Bidard, Axel Domont, Quentin Jauregui, Pierre Latour, Sebastien Minard, Jean-Christophe Peraud, Christophe Riblon.

Astana: Dario Cataldo, Dmitriy Gruzdev, Miguel Angel Lopez, Davide Malacarne, Luis Leon Sanchez, Michele Scarponi, Gatis Smukulis, Alessandro Vanotti, Andrey Zeits.

BMC: Darwin Atapuma, Silvan Dillier, Jean-Pierre Drucker, Philippe Gilbert, Ben Hermans, Samuel Sanchez, Dylan Teuns, Tejay van Garderen, Danilo Wyss.

Bora-Argon 18: Cesare Benedetti, Silvio Herklotz, Bartosz Huzarski, José Mendes, Gregor Mühlberger, Christoph Pfingsten, Michael Schwarzmann, Rudiger Selig, Scott Thwaites.

Caja Rural: David Arroyo, Pello Bilbao, Hugh Carthy, José Gonçalves, Angel Madrazo, Luis Mas, Sergio Pardilla, Eduard Prades, Jaime Roson.

Cannondale-Drapac: Patrick Bevin, Simon Clarke, Joe Dombrowski, Davide Formolo, Ben King, Moreno Moser, Pierre Rolland, Andrew Talansky, Davide Villella.

Cofidis: Yoann Bagot, Loic Chetout, Jerome Cousin, Romain Hardy, Luis Angel Maté, Rudy Molard, Florian Senechal, Stephane Rossetto, Kenneth Vanbilsen.

Dimension Data: Igor Anton, Nick Dougall, Tyler Farrar, Omar Fraile, Nathan Haas, Jacques Janse van Rensburg, Merhawi Kudus, Kristian Sbaragli, Jaco Venter.

Direct Energie: Ryan Anderson, Lilian Calmejane, Romain Cardis, Tony Hurel, Fabrice Jeandesboz, Julien Morice, Bryan Nauleau, Perri Quemeneur, Romain Sicard.

Etixx-QuickStep: Maxime Bouet, Gianluca Brambilla, David De La Cruz, Yves Lampaert. Gianni Meersman, Pieter Serry, Zdeney Stybar, Niki Terpstra, Martin Velits.

FDJ: Odd Christian Eiking, Kenny Elissonde, Murilo Fischer, Alexandre Geniez, Mathieu Ladagnous, Johan Le Bon, Lorenzo Manzin, Laurent Pichon, Kevin Reza.

Giant-Alpecin: Nikias Arndt, Warren Barguil, Koen De Lort, Johannes Fröhlinger, Chad Haga, Tobias Ludvigsson, Sindre Lunke, Tom Stamsnijder, Zico Waeytens.

IAM Cycling: Clement Chevrier, Dries Devenyns, Mathias Frank, Vegard Stake Laengen, Simon Pellaud, Vicente Reynes, Jonas Vangenechten, Larry Warbasse, Marcel Wyss.

Katusha: Sven Erik Bystrøm, Pavel Kochetkov, Sergey Lagutin, Alberto Losada, Tiago Machado, Matvey Mamykin, Jhonatan Restrepo, Egor Silin, Rein Taaramäe.

Lampre-Merida: Yukiya Arashiro, Mattia Cattaneo, Valerio Conti, Mario Costa, Kristijan Durasek, Tsgabu Grmay, Ilia Koshevoy, Louis Meintjes, Federico Zurlo.

LottoNL-Jumbo: Enrico Battaglin, George Bennett, Koen Bouwman, Victor Campanaerts, Robert Gesink, Martijn Keizer, Steven Kruijswijk, Bram Tankink, Jos van Emden.

Lotto-Soudal: Sander Armée, Bart De Clercq, Thomas De Gendt, Gert Dockx, Adam Hansen, Maxime Monfort, Tosh Van der Sande, Louis Vervaeke, Jelle Wallays.

Movistar: Jonathan Castroviejo, Imanol Erviti, Ruben Fernandez, Jose Herrada, Daniel Moreno, Nairo Quintana, Jose Joaquin Rojas, Rory Sutherland, Alejandro Valverde.

Orica-BikeExchange: Sam Bewley, Esteban Chaves, Magnus Cort, Simon Gerrans, Jack Haig, Damien Howson, Jens Keukeleire, Svein Tuft, Simon Yates.

Sky: Ian Boswell, Chris Froome, David Lopez, Michal Golas, Peter Kennaugh, Christian Knees, Leopold König, Michal Kwiatkowski, Salvatore Puccio.

Tinkoff: Daniele Bennati, Manuele Boaro, Alberto Contador, Michael Gogl, Jesus Hernandez, Robert Kiserlovski, Sergio Paulinho, Ivan Rovny, Yuri Trofimov.

Trek-Segafredo: Fumiyuki Beppu, Julien Bernard, Niccolo Bonifazio, Laurent Didier, Fabio Felline, Markel Irizar, Kiel Reijnen, Riccardo Zoidl, Haimar Zubeldia.

2017 World Tour Calendar

17.01-22.01 – Tour Down Under

29.01 – Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race

06.02-10.02 – Tour of Qatar

23.02-26.02 – Abu Dhabi Tour

25.02 – Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

04.03 – Strade Bianche

05.03-12.03 – Paris-Nice

08.03-14.03 – Tirreno-Adriatico

18.03 – Milan-Sanremo

20.03-26.03 – Volta a Catalunya

22.03 – Dwars door Vlaanderen

24.03 – E3 Harelbeke

26.03 – Gent-Wevelgem

02.04 – Ronde van Vlaanderen

03.04-08-04 – Vuelta al Pais Vasco

09.04 – Paris-Roubaix

16.04 – Amstel Gold Race

18.04-23.04 – Tour of Turkey

19.04 – Flèche Wallonne

23.04 – Liège-Bastogne-Liège

25.04-30.04 – Tour de Romandie

01.05 – Eschborn-Frankfurt

06.05-28.05 – Giro d’Italia

14.05-21.05 – Tour of California

04.06-11.06 – Critérium du Dauphiné

10.06-18.06 – Tour de Suisse

01.07.23.07 – Tour de France

29.07 – Clasica San Sebastian

29.07-04.08 – Tour de Pologne

30.07 – RideLondon Classic

07.08-13.08 – Eneco Tour

19.08-10.09 – Vuelta a España

20.08 – Cyclassics Hamburg

27.08 – Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France

08.09 – Grand Prix de Quebec

10.09 – Grand Prix de Montreal

30.09 – Il Lombardia

2016/2017 Confirmed Transfers

AG2R

In: Rudy Barbier, Clément Chevrier, Sondre Holst Enger, Mathias Frank, Alexandre Geniez, Oliver Naesen, Nans Peters, Stijn Vandenbergh.

Out: Guillaume Bonnafond, Jean-Christophe Peraud (retired), Jesse Sergent (retired), Johan Vansummeren (retired).

Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec

In: Davide Ballerini, Carlos Gimenez.

Astana

In: Oscar Gatto, Jesper Hansen, Moreno Moser, Dias Omirzakov, Michael Valgren, Artyom Zakharov, Oleg Zemlyakov.

Out: Eros Capecchi, Lars Boom, Vincenzo Nibali.

Bahrain Merida

In: Manuele Boaro, Vincenzo Nibali, Giovanni Visconti.

Bardiani-CSF

In: Vincenzo Albanese, Marco Maronese, Niccolo Pacinotti.

BMC

In: Nicolas Roche.

Out: Marcus Burghardt, Philippe Gilbert.

Bora-Hansgrohe

In: Pascal Ackermann, Erik Baska, Maciej Bodnar, Marcus Burghardt, Michael Kolar, Juraj Sagan, Peter Sagan.

Out: Phil Bauhaus.

Caja Rural

In: Jon Irisarri.

Out: Hugh Carthy, Angel Madrazo.

Cannondale-Drapac

In: Brendan Canty, Hugh Carthy, Sep Vanmarcke.

Out: Moreno Moser.

Cofidis

In: Dimitri Claeys, Guillaume Bonnafond, Jimmy Turgis.

Out: Arnold Jeannesson, Rudy Molard.

Delko Marseille Provence KTM

In: Angel Madrazo.

Dimension Data

Out: Cameron Meyer.

Etixx–QuickStep

In: Eros Capecchi, Rémi Cavagna, Dries Devenyns, Philippe Gilbert, Enric Mas, Maximilian Schachmann.

Out: Nikolas Maes, Tony Martin, Stijn Vandenbergh, Carlos Verona.

FDJ

In: David Gaudu, Jacopo Guarnieri, Tobias Ludvigsson, Rudy Molard, Leo Vincent.

Out: Alexandre Geniez.

Fortuneo-Vital Concept

In: Elie Gesbert, Arnold Jeannesson.

Out: Pierrick Fedrigo (retired).

Gazprom-RusVelo

In: Ivan Rovny.

IAM Cycling

Out: Marcel Aregger, Matthias Brändle, Clément Chevrier, Stef Clement, Jérôme Coppel (retired), Stefan Denifl, Dries Devenyns, Martin Elmiger, Sondre Holst Enger, Mathias Frank, Jonathan Fumeaux, Heinrich Haussler, Reto Hollenstein, Leigh Howard, Roger Kluge, Vegard Stake Laengen, Pirmin Lang, Oliver Naesen, Jarlinson Pantano, Simon Pellaud, Matteo Pelucchi, Vicente Reynes, Aleksejs Saramotins, David Tanner, Jonas Vangenechten, Larry Warbasse, Marcel Wyss, Oliver Zaugg.

Katusha

In: Maurits Lammertink, Tony Martin, Mads Würtz Schmidt.

Out: Jacopo Guarnieri, Joaquim Rodriguez (retired), Jurgen van den Broeck.

Lampre

In: Simone Consonni, Filippo Ganna, Edward Ravasi.

LottoNL-Jumbo

In: Lars Boom, Floris De Tier, Juan Jose Lobato, Antwan Tolhoek, Jurgen van den Broeck.

Out: Maarten Tjallingii (retired), Sep Vanmarcke.

Lotto-Soudal

In: Nikolas Maes.

Out: Greg Henderson.

Movistar

In: Daniele Bennati.

Out: Juan Jose Lobato, Giovanni Visconti.

Orica-BikeExchange

In: Roger Kluge, Roman Kreuziger, Carlos Verona.

Out: Michael Matthews.

Roompot Oranje

In: Tim Ariesen, Martijn Budding, Elmar Reinders, Oscar Riesebeek.

Out: Marc De Maar (retired), Maurits Lammertink, Antwan Tolhoek.

Sky

In: Owain Doull, Tao Geoghegan Hart.

Out: Nicolas Roche, Xabier Zandio (retired).

Stölting Service Group

Out: Lennard Kämna, Mads Pedersen.

Sunweb-Giant

In: Phil Bauhaus, Chris Hamilton, Lennard Kämna, Michael Matthews.

Out: Koen De Kort, John Degenkolb, Caleb Fairly (retired), Carter Jones (retired), Tobias Ludvigsson, Lars van der Haar.

Team Roth

In: Dimitri Bussard.

Tinkoff

Out: Erik Baska, Daniele Bennati, Adam Blythe, Manuele Boaro, Maciej Bodnar, Pavel Brutt, Alberto Contador, Oscar Gatto, Michael Gogl, Jesper Hansen, Jesus Hernandez, Robert Kiserlovski, Michal Kolar, Roman Kreuziger, Rafal Majka, Jay McCarthy, Michael Rogers (retired), Ivan Rovny, Sergio Paulinho, Evgeni Petrov, Pawel Poljanski, Juraj Sagan, Peter Sagan, Matteo Tossato, Yuri Trofimov, Nikolay Trusov, Michael Valgren.

Topsport Vlaanderen

Out: Floris De Tier.

Trek Factory Racing

In: Greg Daniel, Koen De Kort, John Degenkolb, Ruben Guerreiro, Mads Pedersen.

Out: Fabian Cancellara (retired), Ryder Hesjedal (retired), Yaroslav Popovich (retired), Frank Schleck (retired).

Wanty-Groupe Gobert

Out: Dimitri Claeys, Antoine Demoitié (deceased).

Willier-Southeast

In: Rafael Andriato, Yonder Godoy.

Out: Andrea Dal Col.

2016 Stagiaires

AG2R

Benoît Cosnefroy, Etienne Fabre, Rémy Rochas

Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec

Raffaello Bonusi, Rino Gasparrini, Mattia De Marchi

BMC

Taylor Eisenhart, Fabian Lienhard

Caja Rural

Iker Azkarate, Jon Irisarri, Josu Zabala

Cannondale

Jon Dibben

Cofidis

Dorian Godon, Mathias Le Turnier

Delko-Marseille KTM

Lucas De Rossi, Sofiane Merignat, Thomas Vaubourzeix

Dimension Data

Metkel Eyob, Amanuel Gebreigzabhier, Ryan Gibbons

Direct Energie

Marlon Gaillard, Paul Ourselin, Simon Sellier

Etixx – Quick-Step

Ivan Cortina, Adrien Costa, Hamish Schreurs

FDJ

Fabien Doubey, David Gaudu, Leo Vincent

Fortuneo-Vital Concept

Elie Gesbert, Camille Guérin, Justin Mottier

Funvic Soul Cycles

Gabriel Machado, Luis Mendonca, Ramiro Rincon

Giant-Alpecin

Jochem Hoekstra, Max Kanter, Martijn Tusveld

Katusha

Alexander Maes

Lampre-Merida

Fausto Masnada, Edward Ravasi, Oliviero Troia

LottoNL-Jumbo

Zhi Hui Jiang

Lotto-Soudal

Kevin Deltombe, Michael Goolaerts, James Callum Shaw

Movistar

Richard Carapaz

Nippo-Vini Fantini

Nicola Bagioli, Marino Kobayashi, David Gaona Vazquez

Novo Nordisk

Quentin Valognes, Rik Van Ijzendoorn

Orica-BikeExchange

Nick Schultz

Sky

Owain Doull

Stölting Service Group

Moritz Backofen, Alexander Weifenbach Willi Willwohl

Tinkoff

Davide Ballerini, Lorenzo Fortunato, Andrea Montagnoli

Trek-Segafredo

Piet Allegaert, Jacopo Mosca, Jose-Luis Rodriguez

Wanty-Groupe Gobert

Jenthe Biermans, Xandro Meurisse, Miles Scotson

Willier-Southeast

Xuban Perez, Cristian Raileanu, Jonathan Vargas

2016/2017 Transfer Rumours

AG2R

Jonas Vangenechten

Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec

Joni Brandão

Astana

Jakub Mareczko

Bahrain Merida

Valerio Agnoli, Tsgabu Grmay, Eduard Grosu, Peter Kennaugh, Merhawi Kudus, Rafal Majka, Louis Meintjes, Pawel Poljanski, Diego Ulissi, Alessandro Vanotti

Bora-Hansgrohe

Leopold König, Rafal Majka, Pawel Poljanski

BMC

Gianni Meersman

Caja Rural

Joni Brandão

Cannondale-Drapac

Taylor Phinney, Larry Warbasse

Cofidis

Gaëtan Bille, Jonas Vangenechten

Dimension Data

Adam Blythe, Louis Meintjes

FDJ

Jonas Vangenechten, Marcel Wyss

Fortuneo-Vital Concept

Gaëtan Bille, Maxime Bouet, Gianni Meersman

Gazprom-RusVelo

Pavel Brutt, Nikolay Trusov

Katusha

Rui Costa, Rafal Majka, Javier Moreno, Mads Würtz Schmidt, Rick Zabel

Lampre

Joni Brandão, Andrea Guardini, Oliviero Troia

LottoNL-Jumbo

Floris De Tier

Lotto-Soudal

Rémy Mertz

Movistar

Diego Rosa

Nippo-Vini Fantini

Julian Arredondo

Orica-BikeExchange

Darwin Atapuma, Jarlinson Pantano, Georg Preidler, Diego Rosa

Sky

Wilco Kelderman, Diego Rosa, Vegard Stake Laengen, Lukasz Wisniowski

Sunweb-Giant

Adam Blythe, Stef Clement, Heinrich Haussler, Lennard Hofstede, Wilco Kelderman, Mike Teunissen

Trek-Segafredo

Leonardo Basso, Matthias Brändle, Alberto Contador, Jesus Hernandez, Jarlinson Pantano, Jose Luis Rodriguez

Who will win the Tour de France?

Tour de France favourites – race days/wins

Chris Froome – 27/5

Fabio Aru – 31/1

Nairo Quintana – 32/5

Alberto Contador – 33/4

Tejay van Garderen – 35/2

Richie Porte – 40/1

Thibaut Pinot – 41/6

Romain Bardet – 43/0

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