Vuelta a España 2021
|output||76. Vuelta a España|
UCI WorldTour 2021 2nd UWT
Spanish Road Cycling Cup 2021
|date||August 14th - September 5th, 2021|
|overall length||3,417 km|
|target||Santiago de Compostela|
|Driver at the start||184|
|Driver at the finish||142|
|Average speed||40.715 km / h|
|winner||Primož Roglič ( Jumbo Visma )|
|Second||Enric Mas ( Movistar Team )|
|Third||Jack Haig ( Bahrain Victorious )|
|Scoring||Fabio Jakobsen ( Deceuninck-Quick Step )|
|Mountain scoring||Michael Storer ( Team DSM )|
|Young talent evaluation||Gino Mäder ( Bahrain Victorious )|
|Team ranking||Bahrain Victorious|
The Vuelta a España 2021 was the 76th edition of the tour through Spain and was held from August 14th to September 5th, 2021 over 21 stages. The Grand Tour is part of the UCI WorldTour 2021 , the route ran over around 3400 kilometers, starting in Burgos and ending in Santiago de Compostela .
Teams and drivers
According to the statutes of the UCI, the 19 WorldTeams have an automatic start right and a start obligation . The organizer invited three Spanish ProTeams to take part in the Tour of Spain. The Belgian team Alpecin-Fenix is also entitled to start as the best ProTeam of the 2020 season.
A total of 184 riders from 23 cycling teams started. The average age of the participating drivers is 28.6 years. The youngest starter was 20-year-old Carlos Canal (Burgos-BH), the oldest participant, as in the two previous years, was Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) at the age of 41.
Defending champion Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) is competing in the Tour de France after being eliminated due to a crash in order to win the Tour of Spain for the third time in a row. Also at the start is Egan Bernal, the winner of the Giro d'Italia 2021 , as well as his Ineos Grenadiers teammate Richard Carapaz , winner of the road race at the Olympic Games in Tokyo and third place in the Tour de France. Tour winner Tadej Pogačar declined to participate. With Alejandro Valverde and Fabio Aru (Qhubeka-NextHash), two more Grand Tour winners will compete, but they will at best be given outsider opportunities in the overall standings. On the other hand, Alexander Wlassow (Astana), Miguel Ángel López , Enric Mas (both Movistar), Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo) and Mikel Landa (Bahrain-Victorious) are contenders for top positions. Of the ten fastest drivers from last year , only Daniel Martin and David Gaudu are missing from the start list.
Favorites for stage wins in the mass sprint are Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick Step), Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ), Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix), Michael Matthews (BikeExchange), Juan Sebastián Molano (UAE Team Emirates) and Davide Cimolai (Israel Start-Up Nation). With Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), last year's winner of the mountain classification is back at the start.
The Vuelta a España 2021 begins with an approximately seven-kilometer individual time trial in the provincial capital of Burgos . After the flat second stage, there is already a mountain arrival at Picón Blanco on the third section . Stages 2 and 4 to 6 are flat and suit sprinters and puncher . The seventh stage is the first of seven high mountain stages, it ends with another mountain arrival near Alicante .
The second week of the tour begins with a flat section along the Spanish Mediterranean coast, before the 9th stage is decided at another mountain arrival at Alto de Velefique . In Almería , the tour takes the first day of rest and reaches its southernmost point on the tenth section, which is also mainly carried out along the coast. With the hilly stages 11 and 12, the course continues back inland. At around 204 kilometers, the 13th stage is the longest section of the Tour of Spain in 2021 and again offers sprinters an opportunity to win the stage. Two more mountain stages follow in Extremadura and Castile-León .
On the second day of rest there is a transfer from central Spain to Santander on the north coast. The last six stages, starting with the flat 16th section, will be held in Laredo , Cantabria , Asturias and Galicia . This is followed by mountain stages to the Lagos de Covadonga and the Altu d'El Gamoniteiru , a hilly stage between Tapia de Casariego and Monforte de Lemos and the last mountain stage with five mountain ratings and over 200 kilometers in length into the Galician Mos . The decision in the overall standings will be made in the 33.8-kilometer final time trial of the 21st stage, which ends in Santiago de Compostela .
As in the previous year, the Vuelta in 2021 will only be held within Spain.
The regulations and the prize money of the Vuelta 2021 are set out in the Specific Regulations, Awards & Technical-Sports Regulation Handbook .
The leader of the overall standings wears the red jersey . As always with stage races, the overall ranking results from the addition of the times driven. For the first stage there is - except for time trial stages - 10, 6 and 4 seconds time bonuses. Additional bonus seconds (3, 2 and 1 second) are awarded once per stage in an intermediate sprint or a mountain classification. The two time trial stages are also excluded here.
The leader in the points classification wears the green jersey. The point evaluation results from the addition of the points of each stage and the intermediate sprints. In the previous events of the Vuelta, the same number of points was awarded at the finish of each stage. For the 2021 edition, points were awarded according to the profile of the stage, just as the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia practice. There are therefore more points on flat stages than on mountain stages and in the time trials, so the sprinters have a higher chance of winning the points classification.
|Goal flat stages||50||30th||20th||18th||16||14th||12th||10||8th||7th||6th||5||4th||3||2||2, 4, 5, 8, 13, 16|
|Target low mountain range stages||30th||25th||22nd||19th||17th||15th||13||11||9||7th||6th||5||4th||3||2||6, 10, 11, 12, 19|
|Destination high mountain stages and time trials||20th||17th||15th||13||11||10||9||8th||7th||6th||5||4th||3||2||1||1, 3, 7, 9, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 21|
The leader in the mountain classification wears the blue-dotted jersey. This rating results from the points awarded to the drivers who are the first to cross a classified climb.
|Cima Alberto Fernández||20th||15th||10||6th||4th||2|
The leader in the junior ranking, which is reserved for drivers born after January 1, 1996 and follows the rules of the overall ranking, wears the white jersey. At the beginning of the race, 52 riders were included in this classification, i.e. around 28% of the peloton .
The team ranking results from the addition of the times of the three best drivers of a team on each stage. The drivers of the leading team wear a red number on their backs.
At all stages with the exception of the time trial, the most combative rider is awarded a yellow number by a jury. This jury also selects the most combative driver of the tour.
A total of € 1,115,825 million in prize money is expected to be distributed during the Vuelta a España 2021.
|Stage ranking||€ 11,000||€ 5,500||€ 2,700||staggered up to 20th place (360 €)|
|Intermediate sprints||550 €||180 €||95 €||19 intermediate sprints during the Vuelta|
|Cima Alberto Fernández||€ 1,000||520 €||-||Altu d'El Gamoniteiru )1 rating (|
|Mountain classification cat. Especial||920 €||€ 650||-||2 ratings during the Vuelta|
|Mountain classification cat. 1||€ 460||€ 310||-||13 ratings during the Vuelta|
|Mountain classification cat. 2||230 €||155 €||-||13 ratings during the Vuelta|
|Mountain classification cat. 3||115 €||80 €||-||14 ratings during the Vuelta|
|team||€ 400||€ 200||100 €||fastest team of the stage|
|Most combative driver||€ 200||-||except time trials|
Valuations in the course of the race
- Official website (Spanish, English, French)
- Vuelta a España 2021 in the ProCyclingStats.com database
- Vuelta 2021: Three Spanish teams receive wild cards. In: cyclingmagazine.de. February 17, 2021, accessed August 12, 2021 .
- Peloton averages. In: procyclingstats.com. Retrieved August 12, 2021 .
- Will Roglic succeed in defending his title against Bernal and Carapaz? In: radsport-news.com. August 12, 2021, accessed August 12, 2021 .
- Bernd Landwehr: Vuelta a España 2021: The route of the 76th Tour of Spain. In: cyclingmagazine.de. February 11, 2021, accessed August 12, 2021 .
- From Burgos to Santiago de Compostela. In: radsport-news.com. August 11, 2021, accessed August 12, 2021 .
- Specific Regulations, Awards & Technical-Sports Regulation Handbook. (PDF; 3.2 MB) Unipublic SAU, accessed on August 21, 2021 .