Vuelta 2015: Favourites

Vuelta Favourite Nairo QuintanaEdition 70 of the Vuelta Ciclista a España was an attrition with loads of climbs in hot conditions. Froome, Nibali and Quintana were expected to be the main contenders, but eventually young riders Fabio Aru and Tom Dumoulin were battling it out with Italian being strongest. At 25-yo Aru won his first grand tour. (Slideshow route/profile)

Read about the overall contenders and click links in underneath scheme for favourites per stage. All these articles were written before the start of the race.

Vuelta 2015: Favourites

Nr Date Favourites Type
1 Sa 22-8 Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 1 Orica vs. BMC vs. Sky TTT
2 Su 23-8 Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 2 Rodriguez and other punchers finish uphill
3 Mo 24-8 Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 3 For strong sprinter hills, flat finish
4 Tu 25-8 Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 4 Puncheurs and climbing sprinters flat, finish uphill
5 We 26-8 Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 5 Fast legs, for an uphill sprint flat
6 Th 27-8 Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 6: GC guys or escapees finish uphill
7 Fr 28-8 Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 7: Froome vs. Quintana vs. Nibali mountains
8 Sa 29-8 Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 8 Strong sprinters or escapees? flat
9 Su 30-8 Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 9: Gentlemen puncheurs, load your guns hills, flat start
10 Mo 31-8 Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 10: Sagan, Degenkolb, and/or escapees… hills
Tu 1-9 rest day
11 We 2-9 Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 11: Wanted – climbers for Andorra’s Queen Stage mountains
12 Th 3-9 Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 12: False flat sprint fest hills, flat finish
13 Fr 4-9 Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 13: Up to the escapees hills
14 Sa 5-9 Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 14: Aru to glory on perfect closing climb mountains, flat start
15 Su 6-9 Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 15: Break away riders vs. GC guys mountains, flat start
16 Mo 7-9 Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 16: ‘Especial’ climber for ‘especial’ finale mountains
Tu 8-9 rest day
17 We 9-9 Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 17: Tom Dumoulin for glory ITT
18 Th 10-9 Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 18: Brilliant descenders like Valverde  hills
19 Fr 11-9 Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 19: Cobbled climb to suit who? hills
20 Sa 12-9 Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 20: Valverde after fast drop mountains
21 Su 13-9 Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 21: Last say to the fast men flat

Vuelta 2015: Route, profiles and more

Click on the images to zoom.

Watch the highlights of recent races here:

More articlesVuelta 2015 Favourites stage 6: GC guys or escapeesVuelta 2015 Favourites stage 7: Froome vs. QuintanaVuelta 2015 Favourites stage 8: Strong sprinters or escapees?Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 9: Gentlemen puncheurs, load your gunsVuelta 2015 Favourites stage 10: Degenkolb and/or escapees...Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 11: Wanted - climbers for Andorra's Queen StageVuelta 2015 Favourites stage 12: False flat sprint festVuelta 2015 Favourites stage 13: Up to the escapeesVuelta 2015 Favourites stage 14: Aru to glory on perfect closing climbVuelta 2015 Favourites stage 15: Break away riders vs. GC guysVuelta 2015 Favourites stage 16: 'Especial' climber for 'especial' finaleVuelta 2015 Favourites stage 17: Tom Dumoulin for gloryVuelta 2015 Favourites stage 18: Brilliant descenders like ValverdeVuelta 2015 Favourites stage 19: Cobbled climb to suit Geraint ThomasVuelta 2015 Favourites stage 20: Valverde after fast drop?Vuelta 2015 Favourites stage 21: Last say to the fast menVuelta 2015: Favourites