The 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
Vuelta a España 2018: Route map, height profiles, and more
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Stage 4: details Puerto de Alfacar
stage 9: details Alto de la Covatilla
stage 13: details La Camperona
stage 15: details Lagos de Covadonga