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Vuelta a España 2018 start list: Confirmed list of riders and start numbers

The peloton on stage nine in 2017. Image: Sunada - Cycling Weekly
The peloton on stage nine in 2017. Image: Sunada Cycling Weekly

Start list for the 73rd edition of the Vuelta a España


The 2018 Vuelta a España is set to provide a monster challenge with nine summit finishes along the route, the first of which comes on just the second day.

All teams have now confirmed their line-ups for the Spanish race as have the official race numbers, with last year’s runner-up Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) wearing the number one bib.

There’s a selection of riders who didn’t fair quite so well in France planning to redeem their season in Spain – Richie Porte is confirmed to ride his final Grand Tour for BMC Racing, while Vincenzo Nibali will look to perform after recovering from a fractured vertebra at the Tour.

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Both Yates brothers, Adam and Simon will ride for Mitchelton-Scott, with Simon leading the Australian team after his stint in pink and three stage wins at the Giro d’Italia.

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) had a disastrous Giro d’Italia and skipped the Tour de France – but will aim to seek better fortunes at the Vuelta alongside Daniel Martin.

Team Sky, comparatively, has little to make amends for – and their key GC players – Chris Froome or Geraint Thomas will not ride, with Giro and Tour de France wins respectively. British rider Tao Geoghegan Hart will be making his Grand Tour debut, while David de la Cruz and Michal Kwiatkowski will head up the team.

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will be among the key sprinters in the race, with Elia Viviani leading the line for Quick-Step Floors).

The start date is August 25, with the finish coming on September 16 – and organisers Unipublic have granted wildcard places to three Spanish outfits as well as the French team sponsored by major race backer Cofidis.

Along with the 18 UCI WorldTour squads, the Spanish wildcard teams bestowed with spaces on the start line are Burgos-BH, Caja Rural and Euskadi Basque Country.

Vuelta a España 2018 start list

Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team

1 NIBALI Vincenzo
2 GARCIA CORTINA Iván
3 IZAGIRRE Gorka
4 IZAGIRRE Ion
5 PADUN Mark
6 PELLIZOTTI Franco
7 PERNSTEINER Hermann
8 PIBERNIK Luka

Ag2r La Mondiale

11 DUPONT Hubert
12 CHEREL Mickaël
13 DUVAL Julien
14 GALLOPIN Tony
15 GASTAUER Ben
16 GENIEZ Alexandre
17 GOUGEARD Alexis
18 PETERS Nans

Astana Pro Team

21 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel
22 BILBAO Pello
23 CATALDO Dario
24 FRAILE Omar
25 HIRT Jan
26 STALNOV Nikita
27 VILLELLA Davide
28 ZEITS Andrey

BMC Racing Team

31 PORTE Richie
32 BOOKWALTER Brent
33 DE MARCHI Alessandro
34 DENNIS Rohan
35 ROCHE Nicolas
36 ROSSKOPF Joey
37 TEUNS Dylan
38 VENTOSO Francisco José

Bora – Hansgrohe

41 SAGAN Peter
42 BUCHMANN Emanuel
43 BURGHARDT Marcus
44 FORMOLO Davide
45 MAJKA Rafał
46 MCCARTHY Jay
47 PÖSTLBERGER Lukas
48 SCHWARZMANN Michael

Groupama – FDJ

51 PINOT Thibaut
52 DELAGE Mickaël
53 DUCHESNE Antoine
54 MOLARD Rudy
55 PREIDLER Georg
56 SARREAU Marc
57 THOMAS Benjamin
58 VINCENT Léo

Lotto-Soudal

61 BENOOT Tiesj
62 ARMÉE Sander
63 CAMPENAERTS Victor
64 DE GENDT Thomas
65 LAMBRECHT Bjorg
66 MONFORT Maxime
67 VAN DER SANDE Tosh
68 WALLAYS Jelle

Mitchelton-Scott

71 YATES Simon
72 ALBASINI Michael
73 EDMONDSON Alexander
74 HAIG Jack
75 HOWSON Damien
76 MEZGEC Luka
77 TRENTIN Matteo
78 YATES Adam

Movistar Team

81 QUINTANA Nairo
82 AMADOR Andrey
83 ANACONA Winner
84 BENNATI Daniele
85 CARAPAZ Richard
86 ERVITI Imañol
87 OLIVEIRA Nelson
88 VALVERDE Alejandro

Quick-Step Floors

91 VIVIANI Elia
92 ASGREEN Kasper
93 DE PLUS Laurens
94 DEVENYNS Dries
95 MAS Enric
96 MØRKØV Michael
97 SABATINI Fabio
98 SERRY Pieter

Team Dimension Data

101 MEINTJES Louis
102 ANTÓN Igor
103 CUMMINGS Steven
104 GEBREIGZABHIER Amanuel
105 GIBBONS Ryan
106 KING Benjamin
107 KUDUS Merhawi
108 VAN ZYL Johann

Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale

111 URAN Rigoberto
112 CLARKE Simon
113 DOCKER Mitchell
114 LANGEVELD Sebastian
115 MORENO Daniel
116 ROLLAND Pierre
117 VAN ASBROECK Tom
118 WOODS Michael

Team Katusha – Alpecin

121 ZAKARIN Ilnur
122 BOSWELL Ian
123 GONÇALVES José
124 HOLLENSTEIN Reto
125 KOCHETKOV Pavel
126 LAMMERTINK Maurits
127 MACHADO Tiago
128 RESTREPO Jhonatan

Team LottoNL-Jumbo

131 KRUIJSWIJK Steven
132 BENNETT George
133 BOOM Lars
134 DE TIER Floris
135 KUSS Sepp
136 LEEZER Tom
137 LINDEMAN Bert-Jan
138 VAN POPPEL Danny

Team Sky

141 DE LA CRUZ David
142 CASTROVIEJO Jonathan
143 GEOGHEGAN HART Tao
144 HENAO Sergio Luis
145 KWIATKOWSKI Michal
146 PUCCIO Salvatore
147 SIVAKOV Pavel
148 VAN BAARLE Dylan

Team Sunweb

151 KELDERMAN Wilco
152 FRÖHLINGER Johannes
153 GESCHKE Simon
154 HINDLEY Jai
155 STORER Michael
156 TEUNISSEN Mike
157 TUSVELD Martijn
158 WALSCHEID Max

Trek – Segafredo

161 MOLLEMA Bauke
162 BRAMBILLA Gianluca
163 BRÄNDLE Matthias
164 CONCI Nicola
165 FELLINE Fabio
166 IRIZAR Markel
167 NIZZOLO Giacomo
168 REIJNEN Kiel

UAE Team Emirates

171 ARU Fabio
172 BYSTRØM Sven Erik
173 CONSONNI Simone
174 CONTI Valerio
175 LAENGEN Vegard Stake
176 MARTIN Daniel
177 PETILLI Simone
178 RAVASI Edward

Burgos-BH

181 MENDES José
182 BOL Jetse
183 CABEDO Óscar
184 CUBERO Jorge
185 EZQUERRA Jesus
186 SIMÓN Jordi
187 RUBIO Diego
188 TORRES Pablo

Caja Rural – Seguros RGA

191 PARDILLA Sergio
192 ARANBURU Alex
193 LASTRA Jonathan
194 MAS Lluís Guillermo
195 MOLINA Antonio
196 RODRÍGUEZ Cristian
197 SCHULTZ Nick
198 SOTO Nelson Andres

Cofidis, Solutions Crédits

201 BOUHANNI Nacer
202 CHETOUT Loïc
203 HERRADA Jesús
204 HERRADA José
205 LE TURNIER Mathias
206 MATÉ Luis Ángel
207 ROSSETTO Stephane
208 VANBILSEN Kenneth

Euskadi – Murias

211 PRADES Eduard
212 ABERASTURI Jon
213 BAGÜES Aritz
214 BIZKARRA Mikel
215 BRAVO Garikoitz
216 ITURRIA Mikel
217 RODRIGUEZ Oscar
218 SAEZ Héctor