Vuelta 2018: Favourites

Vuelta a España 2018Simon Yates won the Vuelta a España in the 73rd edition of the race. The podium was rounded out by Enric Mas and Miguel Ángel López, while Thomas De Gendt took the polka dot jersey and Alejandro Valverde the green jersey. Pre-race favourites Nairo Quintana, Richie Porte and Vincenzo Nibali failed up to live to the expectation for different reasons. Both Porte and Nibali races the Vuelta in the aftermath of of crash at the Tour de France. (Slideshow route/profile)

Read about the overall contenders or click on the links in underneath scheme for the favourites to win individual stages. Obviously, all these articles were written before the start of the race(s).

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 Fast finishers showdown in San Javier vlak
7 Fr 31-8 Vuelta 2018 contenders 7th stage Finale for strong fast men hills
8 Sa 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 iconic monster mountain mountain finish
14 Sa 8-9 Vuelta 2018 contenders 14th stage Second installment of high altitude triptych mountain finish
15 Su 9-9 Vuelta 2018 contenders 15th stage Iconic winner at Lagos de Covadonga mountain finish
Mo 10-9 Rest day
16 Tu 11-9 Vuelta 2018 contenders 17th stage Perfect course for Rohan Dennis ITT
17 We 12-9 Vuelta 2018 contenders 17th stage Horror arrival at Balcón de Bizkaia mountain finish
18 Th 13-9 Vuelta 2018 contenders 18th stage Back to the fast men flat
19 Fr 14-9 Vuelta 2018 contenders 19th stage Clash on long final climb mountain finish
20 Sa 15-9 Vuelta 2018 contenders 20th stage Pyrenees offer climbers last chance mountains
21 Su 16-9 Vuelta 2018 contenders 21st stage Madrilenian sprint party flat

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