Vuelta a España 2023

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2023 Vuelta a España
DateAugust 26 - September 17, 2023
Distance3153.8 kilometres (1,960 miles)
Start locationBarcelona
Finish locationMadrid
CategoryUCI WorldTour/Grand Tour
Previous edition2022 Vuelta a España
Previous winnerRemco Evenepoel (Bel) Quickstep-AlphaVinyl

Vuelta a España 2023 results

Stage 21: Sepp Kuss wins 2023 Vuelta a España / As it happened

Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) finished in the peloton to secure the GC title of the 2023 Vuelta a Espana on Sunday in Madrid. His teammates Jonas Vingegaard and Primož Roglič completed the podium for a Jumbo-Visma 1-2-3 overall, the team also taking out all three Grand Tours in the same year. 

Stage 21 was won in a sprint by Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) holding off Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) at the line. For Groves, it was his third win of this Vuelta and he secured the green jersey in the process.

Stage 20: Wout Poels denies Remco Evenepoel victory on stage 20 / As it happened

Wout Poels (Bahrain Victorious) outsprinted Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep) to win stage 20 of the Vuelta a España from a reduced-group sprint. Pelayo Sánchez (Burgos-BH) took third, ahead of Lennert Van Eetvelt (Lotto Dstny) and Marc Soler (UAE Team Emirates) who were made up the final front group from a breakaway of 31 on the hilly 208km day.

Remnants of the peloton were scattered across the final flat section, with race leader Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) in solid control of the GC lead and first-ever Grand Tour win. He crossed the line alongside teammates Jonas Vingegaard and Primož Roglič with Sunday's finale expected to see all three on the GC podium.

Stage 19: Alberto Dainese sprints to stage 19 victory as Kaden Groves crashes in final / As it happened

Alberto Dainese added a victory at the Vuelta a España to his Giro d’Italia win to sign-off from Team DSM-Firmenich with a final success. The Italian will join Fabian Cancellara’s Tudor Pro Cycling team in 2024 but showed his speed in Íscar.  

He also showed his bike skills by avoiding a late crash that took out points classification leader Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) and several of his own teammates.

Italy dominated the sprint finish, with Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) taking second and Daivd Cimolai (Cofidis) fourth after a fast stage on the flat roads of northern Spain. 

The USA’s Sepp Kuss and his Jumbo-Visma teammates enjoyed a quiet but dominant day in the peloton and just one final mountain stage separates them from a historical 1-2-3 and Kuss’ overall success. The likeable domestique turned race leader just needs to finish near Vingegaard and within a minute of Roglič to secure overall victory in Madrid on Sunday. 

Kuss leads the overall classification by 17 seconds ahead of Vingegaard and 1:08 on Roglič ahead of the 207.8 km stage 20 from Manzanares El Real to Guadarrama. 

Stage 18: Remco Evenepoel attacks solo from breakaway for stage 18 victory / As it happened

Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep) is making good on his promise of winning stages at the Vuelta a España, taking his third soloed stage win at La Cruz de Linares on stage 18. The Belgian champion has also secured the victory in the mountain classification.

Sepp Kuss continues to lead the overall classification by 17 seconds ahead of Jonas Vingegaard and 1:08 on Primož Roglič ahead of stage 19 from La Bañeza to Íscar on Friday.

Stage 17: Roglic tames L'Angliru for 1-2 finish with Vingegaard on stage 17 / As it happened

Jumbo-Visma went 1-2-3 on stage 17 atop Altu de L'Angliru in what was another dominant display by the team at the Vuelta a España. Primož Roglič and Jonas Vingegaard finished first and second after they distanced their teammate and overall race leader Sepp Kuss, who finished third on the day.

Kuss maintained his lead in the GC standing, now just eight seconds ahead of Vingegaard and 1:08 ahead of Roglič as the race heads into stage 18 from Pola de Allande to La Cruz de Linares on Thursday.

Stage 16: Vingegaard wins stage 16, goes second overall / As it happened

Jonas Vingegaard reshuffled the GC order by powering away from the field to victory on stage 16 into Bejes ahead of Finn Fisher-Black (UAE Team Emirates) and Wout Poels (Bahrain Victorious). The Dane leapfrogged teammate Primož Roglič into second overall after taking his second stage victory of this year's Vuelta. 

Vingegaard's other teammate Sepp Kuss extended his stint in the race leader's jersey but lost 1:15 to the two-time Tour de France winner who now sits only 29 seconds in arrears heading into the final five stages and the brutal summit finish up Altu de L'Angliru on stage 17. 

Stage 15: Rui Costa outsprints breakaway to win stage 15 / As it happened

Rui Costa put his long-time race experience to the test on stage 15, using his cagey race tactics and fast finish to win the breakaway sprint into Lekunberri. The Intermarché-Circus-Wanty rider beat Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain Victorious). 

Sepp Kuss maintained his overall race lead at the end of the second week of racing, 1:37 ahead of teammate Primož Roglič and 1:44 ahead of Jonas Vingegaard in the GC standings.

Stage 14: Remco Evenepoel wins stage 14 atop Puerto de Belagua / As it happened

Remco Evenepoel made a big turnaround from disappointment on stage 13 with a solo victory atop Puerto de Belagua on stage 14 at the Vuelta a España. The Belgian champion ignited a large day-long breakaway that ended with both himself and Romain Bardet (Team dsm-firmenich) battling it out for the stage win. Evenepoel took the day's glory at 1:12 ahead of Bardet. There were no changes to the overall classification as Jumbo-Visma's Sep Kuss, Primož Roglič, and Jonas Vingegaard hold the top three places.

Stage 13: Vingegaard flies to victory on Col du Tourmalet / As it happened

Jumbo-Visma stamped their authority on the Vuelta, sweeping the top three spots on the stage, putting an end to Remco Evenepoel's GC hopes, and stacking the top three of the general classification on the stage to the Col du Tourmalet. Jonas Vingegaard attacked first and won the stage, followed by race leader Sepp Kuss and Primož Roglič.

Stage 12: Molano sprints to stage 12 victory / As it happened

In an anticipated sprinter's day at the Vuelta a España, Juan Sebastián Molano (UAE Team Emirates)  was fastest to the line to win stage 12 in Zaragoza, as Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) took second, and Boy van Poppel (Intermarché-Circus-Wanty) rounded out the podium in third. 

With the top of the overall standings unchanged, Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) brings the leader's jersey into the mountains on stage 13, which finishes at the top of Col du Tourmalet.

Stage 11: Vuelta a España: Jesus Herrada wins stage 11 at La Laguna Negra / As it happened

From a winning breakaway, Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) won the hilltop finish at La Laguna Negra.Vinuesa, securing the stage 11 victory at the Vuelta a España. Jonathan Caicedo (EF Education-EasyPost) was the first to surge on the final ascent, but he was caught at the line by a winning Herrada. Romain Grégoire (Groupama-FDJ) followed in for second place, and then Andreas Kron (Lotto Dstny) in third, with Caicedo taking fourth. The overall classification contenders finished behind the breakaway, and the top three remained unchanged, with Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) retaining his 26-second lead on Marc Soler (UAE Team Emirates) and Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep) third overall at 1:09 back.

Stage 10: Ganna back on top in TT, Evenepoel makes gains on GC rivals / As it happened

Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers) got the better of world champion Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep) in the stage 10 time trial at the Vuelta a España. The Italian covered the 25.8km course with a time of 27:39 and an average speed of 56kph.

Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) finished in 13th on the day, but it was enough to maintain his overall race lead heading into stage 11, which finishes at the summit of La Laguna Negra.Vinuesa on Wednesday.

Stage 9: Lennard Kämna triumphs from break on stage 9 summit finish / At it happened

Jumping from the eight-man breakaway on the final tough climb, Lennard Kämna (Bora-hansgrohe) soloed to victory at the Collado de la Cruz de Caravaca. Matteo Sobrero (Jayco-AlUla) and Chris Hamilton (dsm-firmenich) took second and third, respectively on a day that saw multiple echelon attacks in the crosswinds. Due to poor conditions at the finish, the GC timings were taken at the 2.05km mark, bringing relatively little changes in the race for the red jersey. Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) remains on top with a reduced margin to the big favourites.

Stage 8: Primož Roglič prevails in Xorret de Catí GC battle to win stage 8 / As it happened

Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) outsprinted Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep) at the line to win stage 8 with Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates) taking third from a select group that also included Jumbo-Visma men Jonas Vingegaard and Sepp Kuss, UAE Team Emirates pair João Almeida and Marc Soler, and Movistar’s Enric Mas.

Kuss is the new leader with 43 seconds lead on Solerm while Evenepoel, Vingegaard, Mas, Ayuso and Almeida, all separated by 38 seconds, are at over two minutes down.

Stage 7: Geoffrey Soupe breaks Groves' streak on stage 7 / As it happened

Geoffrey Soupe (TotalEnergies) surprised the top sprinters and won stage 7 of the Vuelta a España on Friday. Soupe used a bike throw to hold off second-placed Orluis Aular (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) at the line in Oliva. Trek-Lidl’s Edward Theuns was third. Sprint leader Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) finished fifth. The expected showdown of big sprinters was disrupted by a crash of 15 riders 5km from the line, with all but Thymen Arensman (Ineos Grenadiers) able to continue. Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), second on GC, was part of the crash, but finished in the bunch along with GC leader Lenny Martinez (Groupama-FDJ) to keep the overall the same.

Stage 6: Sepp Kuss climbs to stage 6 victory at Javalambre / As it happened

The second summit finish of the 2023 Vuelta went to the day's large breakaway, with Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) soloing away from the move on the climb to the observatory and Lenny Martinez (Groupama-FDJ) taking the leader's jersey. Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-Quickstep) not only gave up the lead, he also lost 32 seconds to Primož Roglič and Jonas Vingegaard after the Jumbo-Visma duo attacked in the final kilometres of the stage.

Stage 5: Kaden Groves outkicks Filippo Ganna to win stage 5 / As it happened

Kaden Groves made it two in a row in bunch sprints at the Vuelta a España, beating surprise sprint challenger Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers). Remco Evenepoel added to his race lead by taking the intermediate time bonus, adding a six-second pad to his advantage over Enric Mas (Movistar).

Stage 4: Kaden Groves powers to sprint victory in Tarragona / As it happened

The first bunch sprint of the Vuelta went to Alpecin-Deceuninck's Kaden Groves, who powered past Juan Sebastian Molano (UAE Team Emirates) in a technical, crash-marred sprint in Tarragona. While race leader Remco Evenepoel would have happily given away the red leader's jersey to a non-threatening rider from a breakaway, the sprinters' teams decided otherwise and tightly controlled the stage.

Stage 3: Remco Evenepoel claims first summit stage showdown / As it happened

Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-Quickstep) out-sprinted Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) on a well-controlled stage 3 to Andorra, where the overall contenders marked each other until the final 200 metres.

The category 1 climb saw a few riders lose time, most notably Geraint Thomas.

Stage 2: Andreas Krön takes solo win on stage 2 amid crashes and torrential rain / As it happened

Andreas Krön (Lotto Dstny) won stage 2 of the Vuelta a España in Barcelona on another wet and chaotic day. The Dane went off the front from the top of Castell de Montjuic to claim the victory, seven seconds ahead of Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) and Andrea Vendrame (AG2R Citroën), in second and third, respectively.  From a two-rider breakaway, Andrea Piccolo (EF Education-EasyPost) moved into the race lead with 11 seconds on his breakmate Javier Romo (Astana Qazaqstan).

Stage 1: Team dsm-firmenich win rain-soaked stage 1 team time trial / As it happened

Team dsm-firmenich won the opening stage of the 2023 Vuelta a España, surviving treacherous conditions in the pouring rain in the team time trial. The second team to start, they finished the 14.8km course in a time of 17:30. Spanish squad Movistar had just five riders left and finished second by less than a second as all riders were not able to stick together at the line. EF Education-EasyPost finished third. The victory put Lorenzo Milesi of Team dsm-firmenich in the first leader’s jersey.

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The Vuelta a España or Tour of Spain will get underway for its 78th edition on 26 August 2023 in Barcelona, with the Gran Salida returning to Spanish soil after last season's start in the Netherlands. The race will finish in Madrid on 17 September 2023.

The dates for the Grand Tours have shifted by one week to make room for the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships, where the road events take place between 5-13 August.

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2023 Vuelta a España schedule
DateStageStart timeFinish time
August 26Stage 119:05 CEST20:45 CEST
August 27Stage 212:45 CEST17:30 CEST
August 28Stage 313:15 CEST17:30 CEST
August 29Stage 413:20 CEST17:30 CEST
August 30Stage 512:50 CEST17:30 CEST
August 31Stage 612:20 CEST17:30 CEST
September 1Stage 712:50 CEST17:30 CEST
September 2Stage 812:55 CEST17:30 CEST
September 3Stage 912:39 CEST17:15 CEST
September 4Rest dayRow 9 - Cell 2 Row 9 - Cell 3
September 5Stage 1013:57 CEST17:30 CEST
September 6Stage 1113:15 CEST17:30 CEST
September 7Stage 1213:58 CEST17:30 CEST
September 8Stage 1313:50 CEST17:30 CEST
September 9Stage 1412:55 CEST17:30 CEST
September 10Stage 1513:20 CEST17:30 CEST
September 11Rest dayRow 16 - Cell 2 Row 16 - Cell 3
September 12Stage 1614:40 CEST17:30 CEST
September 13Stage 1713:40 CEST17:30 CEST
September 14Stage 1813:40 CEST17:30 CEST
September 15Stage 1912:47 CEST17:30 CEST
September 16Stage 2013:15 CEST17:30 CEST
September 17Stage 2111:55 CEST17:30 CEST

Vuelta a España route

The theme of the 2023 Vuelta a España is climbing, with ten stages ending with uphill finishes, including the punishing ascents such as the Col du Tourmalet on the same day as the hors categorie Col d'Aubisque, Col du Soulor and Col de Spandelles, and a short but frantic stage finishing on the brutally steep Altu de l’Angliru. 

The 3,154km route features only 39.6km of time trialling, starting with the opening 14.6km team time trial, and the 25km individual time trial on stage 10.

The 2023 Vuelta a España route includes a demanding final week with two tough summit finishes including the fearsome Angliru capping off a 122.6-kilometre, action-packed day of climbing on stage 17, followed by a new summit finish on the Puerto de la Cruz de Linares on stage 18.

Other climbs that will be seen for the first time include the Arinsal in Andorra (stage 3), Larra -Belagua (stage 14), and Bejes (stage 16).

Vuelta a España 2023 contenders

Remco Evenepoel (QuickStep Alpha Vinyl) and Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) at the 2022 Vuelta a España.

Rivals Remco Evenepoel and Primož Roglič (Image credit: Getty Images)

2022 champion Remco Evenpoel (Soudal-Quickstep) will return to defend his title against a high-quality field. The newly crowned time trial world champion had initially targeted the Giro d’Italia this year, where he was in the lead before he had to quit because of COVID-19. 

The Belgian will have to contend with three-time Vuelta winner Primož Roglič (2019, 2020, 2021) who crashed out in 2022 and returned to win his first Giro d'Italia in May. Roglič will co-lead Jumbo-Visma alongside double Tour de France champion Jonas Vingegaard, as the Dutch team aim to become the first squad ever to win all three Grand Tours in a single year.

Other top names pencilled in for the Vuelta are former Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas (Ineos Grenadiers), second in 2022, Enric Mas (Movistar), twice runner-up (2022, 2021) and Juan Ayuso (UAE Team Emirates) who was third last year at the age of 20.

See: Vuelta a España 2023 – Analysing the contenders

Vuelta a España 2023 teams

The 2023 Vuelta a España will be made up of 22 teams, 18 WorldTour teams, the two top-ranked second-division teams, and two discretionary wild-card teams.

Lotto Dstny and TotalEnergies made the cut as the best ProTeams of 2022, while Burgos-BH and Caja Rural-Seguros RGA were chosen as the two wildcard teams for the 2023 Vuelta a España.

See Vuelta a España 2023 – The ultimate team guide

See the 2023 Vuelta a España start list

Vuelta a España 2023 schedule

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2023 Vuelta a España schedule
August 26Stage 1Barcelona - Barcelona14.8km
August 27Stage 2Mataró - Barcelona181.3km
August 28Stage 3Súria - Arinsal, Andorra158.5km
August 29Stage 4Andorra la Vella, Andorra - Tarragona183.4km
August 30Stage 5Morella - Burriana185.7km
August 31Stage 6La Vall d’Uixó - Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre181.3km
September 1Stage 7Utiel - Oliva188.8km
September 2Stage 8Dénia - Xorret de Catí, Costa Blanca Interior164.8km
September 3Stage 9Cartagena - Collado de la Cruz de Caravaca180.9km
September 4Rest dayValladolidRow 9 - Cell 3
September 5Stage 10Valladolid - Valladolid25km
September 6Stage 11Lerma - La Laguna Negra, Vinuesa163.2km
September 7Stage 12Ólvega - Zaragoza165.4km
September 8Stage 13Formigal, Huesca la Magia - Col du Tourmalet134.7km
September 9Stage 14Sauveterre-de-Béarn - Larra-Belagua161.7km
September 10Stage 15Pamplona - Lekunberri156.5km
September 11Rest daySantanderRow 16 - Cell 3
September 12Stage 16Liencres Playa - Bejes119.7km
September 13Stage 17Ribadesella/Ribeseya - Altu de L'Angliru122.6km
September 14Stage 18Pola de Allande - La Cruz de Linares178.9km
September 15Stage 19La Bañeza - Ísca177.4km
September 16Stage 20Manzanares El Real - Guadarrama208.4km
September 17Stage 21Hipódromo de la Zarzuela - Madrid, Paisaje de la Luz101km

Vuelta a España history

The youngest of the three Grand Tours, the Vuelta a España was established in 1935, with early editions interrupted by the Spanish Civil War and World War II.

Since 1955, the race has grown in prestige as one of three Grand Tours. In 1963, Jacques Anquetil claimed the victory to become the first rider to win all three. 

The race's fame took a dark turn in 1968 when it was the subject of a terrorist attack when the Basque nationalist group ETA detonated a bomb along the course of stage 15 (there were no fatalities).

Before 1995 its April date hampered the quality of the fields it could attract as it was in conflict with the major Spring Classics and the Giro d'Italia.

After moving to an August-September time slot, the race has become a key preparation race for the UCI Road World Championships.

Past winners include Luis Ocaña, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, Sean Kelly, Tony Rominger, Alberto Contador, Chris Froome and Alejandro Valverde. Most recently, Primož Roglič won three in a row between 2019 and 2021.

In the 2022 Vuelta a España, Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) dominated in his first serious attempt at winning a Grand Tour. The Belgian took the lead on the first summit finish at Pico Jano and never relinquished the red jersey. 

Vuelta a España records

  • Most stage wins: 39 by Delio Rodríguez in the 1940s
  • Most days in leader's jersey: 48, Alex Zülle
  • Most overall wins: 4, Roberto Heras (one of which he won back in court after being disqualified for doping)
  • Most starts: 17, Iñigo Cuesta


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