Vuelta 2018: Favourites

vincenzo nibali 2017 - Vuelta 2018: favouritesThe Vuelta a España is the final and most mountainous Grand Tour on the calendar. The intense heat is another factor to be reckoned with, especially since the 2018 edition starts in the deep south. Richie Porte, the Yates-brothers, Wilco Kelderman, Rigoberto Uran, Steven Kruijswijk, Thibaut Pinot, Miguel Ángel López and former winners Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali, Fabio Aru and Alejandro Valverde – the GC field is more than impressive. Moreover, Peter Sagan and Michal Kwiatkowski are fighting for stage wins. (Slideshow route/profile)

Read about the major GC contenders to win the 2018 Vuelta a España, or click on the links in underneath scheme for the likely victors of the respective stages.

Vuelta a España 2018: Favourites

Nr Date Favourites Type
1 Sa 25-8 Vuelta 2018 contenders 1st stage ITT specialist for first red jersey ITT
2 Su 26-8 Vuelta 2018 contenders 2nd stage Uphill sprint, or opportunity for attackers finish uphill
3 Mo 27-8 Vuelta 2018 contenders 3rd stage For powerful speedsters hills flat finish
4 Tu 28-8 Vuelta 2018 contenders 4th stage GC clash on first long climbs mountain finish
5 We 29-8 Vuelta 2018 contenders 5th stage Sprinters after long downhill hills, flat finish
6 Th 30-8 Vuelta 2018 contenders 6th stage Another fast finishers showdown vlak
7 Fr 31-8 Vuelta 2018 contenders 7th stage Finale for strong fast men hills
8 Th 1-9 Vuelta 2018 contenders 8th stage World Champion contra breakaway boys flat
9 Su 2-9 Vuelta 2018 contenders 10th stage Climbers in La Covatilla mountain finish
Mo 3-9 Rest day
10 Tu 4-9 Vuelta 2018 contenders 10th stage Fast finishers showdown flat
11 We 5-9 Vuelta 2018 contenders 11th stage Hilly race with trying finale hills
12 Th 6-9 Vuelta 2018 contenders 12th stage For late attackers flat
13 Fr 7-9 Vuelta 2018 contenders 13th stage Demolition workers on Asturian monster mountain mountain finish
14 Sa 8-9 Second installment of Asturian high altitude triptych mountain finish
15 Su 9-9 Iconic winner at Lagos de Covadonga mountain finish
Mo 10-9 Rest day
16 Tu 11-9 Perfect course for Rohan Dennis ITT
17 We 12-9 Horror arrival at Balcón de Bizkaia mountain finish
18 Th 13-9 Back to the fast men flat
19 Fr 14-9 Clash op long final climb mountain finish
20 Sa 15-9 mountains
21 Su 16-9 flat

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