Vuelta a España 2018 start list: Nibali, Aru and Porte seek general classification redemption in Spain

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

Organisers of the Vuelta a España unveil the teams that will feature in the 2018 edition

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.

The complete start list for the Spanish race is yet to be confirmed, but teams and individuals are beginning to state their intentions to ride as the final Grand Tour of the year trundles ever closer.

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There’s a selection of riders who didn’t fair quite so well in France planning to redeem their season in Spain – Richie Porte (BMC Racing) has said it’s a “realistic target” as he recovers from a broken collarbone sustained on stage nine.

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) had been scheduled to ride, and may still be on track to do so following surgery after a crash at the Tour de France. 

Other potentials include Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) who cut his GC teeth at the Giro d’Italia this year, holding on to the maglia rosa until the third week – perhaps hoping to ride a more conservative race to grater success in September.

Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates) had a disastrous Giro d’Italia and skipped the Tour de France – but has stated his intention to seek better fortunes in Spain.

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 eighteen 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 provisional start list