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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, Damien Gaudin, Sebastien Minard, Jean-Christophe Peraud (retired), Domenico Pozzovivo, Jesse Sergent (retired), Sebastien Turgot, Johan Vansummeren (retired).

Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec

In: Davide Ballerini, Carlos Gimenez, Fausto Masnada.

Out: Daniele Ratto (retired).

Astana

In: Oscar Gatto, Jesper Hansen, Riccardo Minali, Moreno Moser, Michael Valgren, Oleg Zemlyakov.

Out: Valerio Agnoli, Eros Capecchi, Lars Boom, Vincenzo Nibali, Alessandro Vanotti.

Bahrain Merida

In: Valerio Agnoli, Yukiya Arashiro, Manuele Boaro, Grega Bole, Niccolo Bonifazio, Borut Bozic, Sonny Colbrelli, Ivan Cortina, Enrico Gasparotto, Tsgabu Grmay, Heinrich Haussler, Chun Kai Feng, Ramunas Navardauskas, Vincenzo Nibali, Luka Pibernik, Kanstantsin Siutsou, Giovanni Visconti.

Bardiani-CSF

In: Vincenzo Albanese, Marco Maronese, Niccolo Pacinotti, Luca Wackermann.

Out: Sonny Colbrelli.

BMC

In: Nicolas Roche.

Out: Darwin Atapuma, Marcus Burghardt, Philippe Gilbert, Rick Zabel.

Bora-Hansgrohe

In: Pascal Ackermann, Erik Baska, Maciej Bodnar, Marcus Burghardt, Michael Kolar, Leopold König, Rafal Majka, Pawel Poljanski, Juraj Sagan, Peter Sagan.

Out: Phil Bauhaus, Bartosz Huzarski, Dominik Nerz.

Caja Rural

In: Jon Irisarri.

Out: Hugh Carthy, José Gonçalves, Angel Madrazo.

Cannondale-Drapac

In: Brendan Canty, Hugh Carthy, Sep Vanmarcke.

Out: Jack Bauer, Alan Marangoni, Moreno Moser, Jens Mouris, Ramunas Navardauskas.

Cofidis

In: Dimitri Claeys, Guillaume Bonnafond, Jimmy Turgis, Jonas Vangenechten.

Out: Borut Bozic, Romain Hardy, Arnold Jeannesson, Rudy Molard.

Delko Marseille Provence KTM

In: Mauro Finetto, Angel Madrazo, Jhon Anderson Rodriguez.

Dimension Data

Out: Cameron Meyer, Kanstantsin Siutsou.

Direct Energie

In: Paul Ourselin.

Etixx–QuickStep

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

Out: Maxime Bouet, Nikolas Maes, Tony Martin, Gianni Meersman, Stijn Vandenbergh, Carlos Verona, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck, Lukasz Wisniowski.

FDJ

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

Out: Sébastien Chavanel (retired), Alexandre Geniez, Laurent Pichon.

Fortuneo-Vital Concept

In: Maxime Bouet, Elie Gesbert, Romain Hardy, Arnold Jeannesson, Gianni Meersman, Laurent Pichon.

Out: Jean-Marc Bideau (retired), Pierrick Fedrigo (retired), Steven Tronet.

Gazprom-RusVelo

In: Dmitry Kozonchuk, Ivan Rovny, Nikolay Trusov.

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: Jenthe Biermans, José Gonçalves, Robert Kiserlovski, Maurits Lammertink, Tony Martin, Baptiste Planckaert, Mads Würtz Schmidt, Rick Zabel.

Out: Sergei Chernetckii, Jacopo Guarnieri, Vladimir Isaychev, Dmitry Kozonchuk, Sergey Lagutin, Alexander Porsev, Joaquim Rodriguez (retired), Egor Silin, Alexey Tsatevich, Jurgen van den Broeck, Eduard Vorganov (fired after testing positive), Anton Vorobyev.

LottoNL-Jumbo

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

Out: Wilco Kelderman, Mike Teunissen, Maarten Tjallingii (retired), Sep Vanmarcke.

Lotto-Soudal

In: Nikolas Maes.

Out: Greg Henderson, Pim Ligthart.

Movistar

In: Daniele Bennati.

Out: Juan Jose Lobato, Giovanni Visconti.

Nippo-Vini Fantini

Out: Grega Bole.

ONE Pro Cycling

Out: Yanto Barker (retired), Matthew Goss (retired).

Orica-BikeExchange

In: Roger Kluge, Roman Kreuziger, Carlos Verona.

Out: Michael Matthews.

Roompot-Oranje

In: Tim Ariesen, Martijn Budding, Pim Ligthart, Jeroen Meijers, Jens Mouris, Elmar Reinders, Kai Reus, Oscar Riesebeek, Martijn Tusveld, Coen Vermeltfoort.

Out: Johnny Hoogerland (retired), Wesley Kreder, Marc De Maar (retired), Reinier Honig, Tim Kerkhof, Maurits Lammertink, Barry Markus, Ivar Slik, Antwan Tolhoek.

Sky

In: Owain Doull, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Lukasz Wisniowski.

Out: Leopold König, Nicolas Roche, Ben Swift, Xabier Zandio (retired).

Stölting Service Group

Out: Lennard Kämna, Mads Pedersen.

Sunweb-Giant

In: Phil Bauhaus, Chris Hamilton, Lennard Hofstede, Lennard Kämna, Wilco Kelderman, 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.

Out: Grischa Janorschke (retired).

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.

TJ Sports-Lampre

In: Darwin Atapuma, Simone Consonni, Filippo Ganna, Edward Ravasi, Ben Swift.

Out: Yukiya Arashiro, Tsgabu Grmay, Chun Kai Feng, Luka Pibernik.

Topsport Vlaanderen

Out: Floris De Tier, Tim Declercq.

Trek Factory Racing

In: Matthias Brändle, Alberto Contador, Greg Daniel, Koen De Kort, John Degenkolb, Ruben Guerreiro, Jesus Hernandez, Jarlinson Pantano, Mads Pedersen.

Out: Julian Arredondo, Niccolo Bonifazio, Fabian Cancellara (retired), Ryder Hesjedal (retired), Yaroslav Popovich (retired), Frank Schleck (retired).

UnitedHealthcare

In: Greg Henderson.

Out: Ty Magner.

Wanty-Groupe Gobert

In: Fabien Doubey, Wesley Kreder, Guillaume Levarlet, Xandro Meurisse, Guillaume Van Keirsbulck.

Out: Dimitri Claeys, Antoine Demoitié (deceased), Enrico Gasparotto.

Willier-Southeast

In: Rafael Andriato, Yonder Godoy.

Out: Samuele Conti (fired after testing positive), 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, František Sisr

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

Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec

Joni Brandão, Mattia Cattaneo

Astana

Jakub Mareczko

Bahrain Merida

Simone Antonini, Eduard Grosu, Sergio Henao, Peter Kennaugh, Merhawi Kudus, Sergey Lagutin, Alan Marangoni, Louis Meintjes, Antonio Nibali, Franco Pellizotti, Matteo Tosatto, Alessandro Vanotti, Elia Viviani

BMC

Diego Rosa

Bora-Hansgrohe

Michael Gogl, Jay McCarthy

Caja Rural

Joni Brandão, Rafael Reis

Cannondale-Drapac

Taylor Phinney, Larry Warbasse

CCC Sprandi Polkowice

Andrei Nechita

Cofidis

Gaëtan Bille

Dimension Data

Adam Blythe, Louis Meintjes, Scott Thwaites

FDJ

Marcel Wyss

Fortuneo-Vital Concept

Gaëtan Bille, Corentin Ermenault

Gazprom-RusVelo

Pavel Brutt

Katusha

Reto Hollenstein, Javier Moreno

LottoNL-Jumbo

David Per

Lotto-Soudal

Rémy Mertz, Enzo Wouters

Movistar

Diego Rosa

Nippo-Vini Fantini

Julian Arredondo

Orica-BikeExchange

Georg Preidler, Diego Rosa

Sky

Kenny Elissonde, Diego Rosa, Vegard Stake Laengen

Sunweb-Giant

Adam Blythe

TJ Sports-Lampre

Joni Brandão, Andrea Guardini, Marco Marcato, Oliviero Troia

Topsport Vlaanderen

Edward Planckaert

Trek-Segafredo

Leonardo Basso, André Cardoso, Jose Luis Rodriguez

UnitedHealthcare

Robin Carpenter, Travis McCabe

Wanty-Groupe Gobert

Jonas Ahlstrand

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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