Vuelta a España 2023 🇪🇸

Running from 26th August to 17th September 2023
La Vuelta 23 will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3153.8 km

  • 4 flat stages
  • 2 flat stages with high-altitude finales
  • 6 hilly stages
  • 7 mountain stages
  • 1 team trial stage and 1 individual time-trial stages
  • 2 rest days


Start location : Barcelona
Finish location : Madrid

UCI Ranking : WorldTour
Edition : 78th
2022 winner : Remco Evenepoel

TV coverage (UK) GCN+, Eurosport
TV coverage (US) FLO Bikes, Discovery Plus

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Stage one Barcelona to Barcelona … 14.8km TTT
Stage two Mataró to Barcelona … 182km hilly
Stage three Súria to Arinsal (Andorra) … 158.5km mountains
Stage four Andorra la Vella to Tarragona … 185km hilly
Stage five Morella to Burriana … 186.5km hilly
Stage six La Vall d’Uixó to Pico del Buitre … 183.5km mountains
Stage seven Utiel to Oliva … 201km flat
Stage eight Dénia to Xorret de Catï … 165km mountains
Stage nine Cartagena to Collado de la Cruz de Caravaca … 184.5km hilly
< Rest day in Valladolid >
Stage ten Valladolid to Valladolid … 25.8km ITT
Stage 11 Lerma to Laguna Negra (Vinuesa) … 163.5km flat with uphill finish
Stage 12 Ólvega to Zaragoza … 151km flat
Stage 13 Formigal to Col du Tourmalet … 135km mountains
Stage 14 Sauveterre de Béarn to Larra Belagua … 156.5km mountains
Stage 15 Pamplona to Lekunberri … 158.5km hilly
< Rest day in Santander >
Stage 16 Liencres Playa to Bejes … 120.5km flat with uphill finish
Stage 17 Ribadesella / Ribaseya to Alto de L’Angliru … 124.5km mountains
Stage 18 Pola de Allande to La Cruz de Linares … 179km mountains
Stage 19 La Bañeza to Íscar … 177.5km flat
Stage 20 Manzanares El Real to Guadarrama … 208km hilly
Stage 21 Hipódromo de Zarzuela to Madrid … 101.5km flat



Weather looking to cool a little to below 30 degrees. Still hot though.

…and here we go ( well on 26th ) :slightly_smiling_face:

Well done Debs as ever !


Very much looking forward to this year’s Vuelta and hoping everyone has the same water bottle contents!


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…and Geraint Thomas doesn’t crash-out over a stray one, like wot happened to him in the 2020 Giro. Geraint is leading the Grenadiers for Vuelta 23

That unfortunate Stage 3 Giro crash sure doesn’t seem like 3 years ago already.

In the UK, Quest HD is showing highlights coverage of the Vuelta. The times look inconsistent (e.g. 11pm tomorrow) but it is readily available on Freesat and I presume Freeview.
Shame about ITV4 as their coverage is infinitely better but at least we will have Orla Chennouai’s outfits to marvel at.

Hmmmm, not sure about Orla. Much too attention seeking for my taste. I guess she’d say that she just wears what she wants and that to criticise smacks of misogyny but really???

The first day highlights are at 11pm on Saturday on Quest (Freeview Channel 12), then at 7pm on the following days, showing up to Friday on my TV Guide. No doubt this will be a similar pattern for the remainder of the tour.

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Startlist Vuelta 23

(22 Teams with 8 members each = 176 riders)


Saturday 26th August 2023

Stage 1 : Barcelona - Barcelona Team Time Trial (14.8km)


The Vuelta a España peloton has been put on alert after an Intermarché-Circus-Wanty rider tested positive for Covid-19 just a day before the race gets underway

Belgian sprinter Gerben Thijssen was struck by the pandemic virus on the eve of his third participation at the Vuelta, and though UCI rules no longer state that a positive infection must result in withdrawal from a race, Thijssen and his team opted to send him home; he has been replaced by Simone Petilli, an Italian climber.


Today’s Stage One team time trial event will begin with team Caja Rural - Seguros RGA starting at 18:55 local Spanish time (17:55 UK time).

The weather is threatening storms and rain before and during the event, and with the relatively short frantically fast 14.8km (9.2 mile) race in team time trial bike formation, there is every possibility of calamities.

Let’s hope every competitor stays upright and safe, and may the best Lidl-Trek team win.


Wet, Wet, Wet!! What a shocking start to the Vuelta - treacherous conditions for a team time trial. Really hoping the Vuelta is not cursed with bad weather - seem to recall that the Giro had it tough for several stages earlier this year. (I hate riding in the rain!!).


Stage one Results: Barcelona - Barcelona Team Time Trial (14.8 km)

  1. Team DSM-Firmenich 17’30"
  2. Movistar Team +0"
  3. EF Education-EasyPost +6"
  4. Soudal Quick-Step +6"
  5. Groupama-FDJ +6"
  6. Bahrain Victorious +10"
  7. Astana Qazaqstan Team +17"
  8. INEOS Grenadiers +20"
  9. Cofidis +22"
  10. BORA-hansgrohe +28"


:red_square: General Classification standings after Stage 1

  1. Lorenzo Milesi (ITA, Team DSM-Firmenich) 17’30"
  2. David Max Poole (GBR, Team DSM-Firmenich) +0"
  3. Romain Bardet (FRA, Team DSM-Firmenich) +0"
  4. Sean Flynn (GBR, Team DSM-Firmenich) +0"
  5. Edgar Oscar Onley (GBR, Team DSM-Firmenich) +0"
  6. Christopher Hamilton (AUS, Team DSM-Firmenich) +0"
  7. Enric Mas (ESP, Movistar) +0"
  8. Einer Augusto Rubio Reyes (COL, Movistar) +0"
  9. Nelson Oliveira (POR, Movistar) +0"
  10. Ivan Garcia Cortina (ESP, Movistar) +0"


DNF = Laurens De Plus (Bel) INEOS Grenadiers


Sunday 27th August 2023

Stage 2: Mataró - Barcelona (181.8km)

A stage that looks likely for a breakaway tussle of GC contestants, and with an interesting 3rd category short but steep tester a few kilometres before the finish:


And Dark, Dark, Dark! Begs the question of why they didn’t start earlier in the day? Here’s the Lantern Rouge race summary video. Looking forward to todays stage, hopefully in better conditions!

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All distinctive jerseys are held by DSM-Firmenich after their success yesterday:

:red_square: Lorenzo Milesi
:green_square: Romain Bardet
:large_blue_circle: Sean Flynn
:white_large_square: Max Poole (jersey on loan from Lorenzo Milesi)


Adjustments due to the conditions: :cloud_with_rain: :cloud_with_rain: :umbrella:

Heavy rains are pouring over the Barcelona area.
Today’s Stage Two start proper is pushed a couple of kilometres after km 0, for safety measures.
The GC times will now be taken 9km away from the finish line.

There are 175 riders after Laurens De Plus had to abandon yesterday. “He underwent a range of imaging on an injury sustained to his right hip, which showed a non-displaced fracture”, Ineos Grenadiers report this morning.



  1. Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto-Dstny
  2. Kaden Groves (Aus) Alpecin-Deceuninck
  3. Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R Citroën
  4. Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Soudal Quick-Step
  5. Fernando Barceló (Esp) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
  6. Iván Cortina (Esp) Movistar
  7. Romain Grégoire (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
  8. Lennert Van Eetvelt (Bel) Lotto-Dstny
  9. Marijn van den Berg (Ned) EF Education-EasyPost
  10. Kobe Goossens (Bel) Intermarché-Circus-Wanty.



  1. Andrea Piccolo (Ita) EF Education-EasyPost in 4.27-23
  2. Javier Romo (Esp) Astana Qazaqstan, at 11s
  3. Iván Cortina (Esp) Movistar, at 13s
  4. Romain Bardet (Fra) DSM-Firmenich
  5. Max Poole (GBr) DSM-Firmenich
  6. Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar
  7. Imanol Erviti (Esp) Movistar
  8. Enric Mas (Esp) Movistar
  9. Augusto Einer Rubio (Col) Movistar
  10. Sean Flynn (GBr) DSM-Firmenich, all at same time


DNF : Oscar Onley :uk: Team DSM - firmenich


The red jersey, Lorenzo Milesi crashed today, but remounted and finished in 170th place at over 9 minutes down. A new leader, Piccolo will wear the red jersey tomorrow.

There are reports of bad weather, crashes, and tacks deliberately laid on the road causing many punctures…


Monday 28th August 2023

Stage 3 : Súria - Arinsal (158.5km)

After the horrors of the first two stages the peloton has arrived at the first mountain stage, and with uphill strugglesome finish.
The GC hopefuls will need to be on form and full alert.


All change for the new Stage 3 jersey wearers:

:red_square: Andrea Piccolo (Ita) EF Education-EasyPost
:green_square: Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto-Dstny
:large_blue_circle: Matteo Sobrero (Ita) Team Jayco AlUla
:white_large_square: Javier Romo (Esp) Astana Qazaqstan Team

Presently cloudy but not raining,
temperature around 22ºc but will drop on the climbs towards the end of stage.

174 riders on todays Stage 3 start line!



Smug git face ^



  1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Soudal Quick-Step, in 4.15-39
  2. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma, at 1s
  3. Juan Ayuso (Esp) UAE-Team Emirates
  4. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma
  5. Marc Soler (Esp) UAE-Team Emirates
  6. Enric Mas (Esp) Movistar
  7. Lenny Martinez (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
  8. Cian Uijtdebroeks (Bel) Bora-hansgrohe
  9. João Almeida (Por) UAE-Team Emirates
  10. Aleksandr Vlasov Bora-hansgrohe, all at same time



  1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Soudal Quick-Step, in 8.43-11
  2. Enric Mas (Esp) Movistar, at 5s
  3. Lenny Martinez (Fra) Groupama-FDJ, at 11s
  4. Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma, at 31s
  5. Aleksandr Vlasov Bora-hansgrohe, at 33s
  6. Cian Uijtdebroeks (Bel) Bora-hansgrohe, at same time
  7. Romain Bardet (Fra) DSM-Firmenich, at 35s
  8. Santiago Buitrago (Col) Bahrain-Victorious, at 36s
  9. Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Jumbo-Visma, at 37s
  10. Primož Roglič (Slo) Jumbo-Visma, at same time.

:green_square: Points Classification after stage 3

  1. Andrea Vendrame (Ita) AG2R Citroën Team …43
  2. Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto Dstny …30
  3. Kaden Groves (Aus) Alpecin-Deceuninck …25
  4. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Soudal - Quick Step …20

:large_blue_circle: KOM Classification after stage 3

  1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Soudal - Quick Step …10 points
  2. Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Lotto Dstny …10 points
  3. Matteo Sobrero (Ita) Team Jayco AlUla …6 points

:white_large_square: Youth Classification after stage 3

  1. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Soudal - Quick Step
  2. Lenny Martinez (Fra) Groupama - FDJ …at 0:11
  3. Cian Uijtdebroeks (Bel) BORA - hansgrohe …at 0:33

:small_orange_diamond: Team Classification after stage 3

  1. Jumbo-Visma …WT 25:35:20
  2. UAE Team Emirates …at 0:05
  3. BORA - hansgrohe …at 0:32