How to watch La Vuelta 2023: Start list, route, TV coverage

How to watch La Vuelta 2023: Start list, route, TV coverage

Following quickly on from the Cycling World Championships in Glasgow, we have the final grand tour of the year in La Vuelta a España, or the Tour of Spain. In this article we will look at the route, the start list, the favourites and more.

When is La Vuelta 2023?

This year's Vuelta a España is taken place between the 26th August and 17th September 2023. It is the 78th edition of the race, starting in Barcelona and finishing in Madrid. 

What is the 2023 Tour of Spain route?

The 2023 edition of the race should be a challenging one and an exciting event for both the pro's and the fans watching from the side of the road. There are a number of uphill finishes, iconic mountain climbs and only a small amount of time trialing (39.6km in total). 

The route will include climbs such as the Col du Tourmalet, Col d'Aubisque, Col du Soulor, Col de Spandelles, Altu de l'Angliru among others. The final week has two really tough summit finishes in that of the Angliru on stage 17 and a new summit finish on the Puerto de la Cruz de Linares on stage 18. The race looks like it will be competitive until well into the final week. The race will most likely be won and lost on the mountains, favouring a climber for the overall GC. 

What is the Tour of Spain schedule?

STAGE 1 TTT 26/08/2023 Barcelona > Barcelona 14.8 km
STAGE 2  Hilly 27/08/2023 Mataró > Barcelona 182 km
STAGE 3  Mountain 28/08/2023 Súria > Arinsal. Andorra 158.5 km
STAGE 4  Hilly 29/08/2023 Andorra la Vella.Andorra > Tarragona 185 km
STAGE 5  Hilly 30/08/2023 Morella > Burriana 186.5 km
STAGE 6  Mountain 31/08/2023 La Vall d'Uixó > Pico del Buitre.  183.5 km
STAGE 7  Flat 01/09/2023 Utiel > Oliva 201 km
STAGE 8  Mountain 02/09/2023 Dénia > Xorret de Catí. Costa Blanca Interior 165 km
STAGE 9  Hilly 03/09/2023 Cartagena > Collado de la Cruz de Caravaca 184.5 km
REST 1  Rest Day 04/09/2023 Valladolid -
STAGE 10 ITT 05/09/2023 Valladolid > Valladolid 25.8 km
STAGE 11  Uphill finish 06/09/2023 Lerma > La Laguna Negra.Vinuesa 163.5 km
STAGE 12  Flat 07/09/2023 Ólvega > Zaragoza 151 km
STAGE 13  Mountain 08/09/2023 Formigal. Huesca la Magia > Col du Tourmalet 135 km
STAGE 14  Mountain 09/09/2023 Sauveterre-de-Béarn > Larra-Belagua 156.5 km
STAGE 15  Hilly 10/09/2023 Pamplona > Lekunberri 158.5 km
REST 2  Rest Day 11/09/2023 Santander -
STAGE 16  Uphill finish 12/09/2023 Liencres Playa > Bejes 120.5 km
STAGE 17  Mountain 13/09/2023 Ribadesella / Ribeseya > Altu de L'Angliru 124.5 km
STAGE 18  Mountain 14/09/2023 Pola de Allande > La Cruz de Linares 179 km
STAGE 19  Flat 15/09/2023 La Bañeza > Íscar 177.5 km
STAGE 20  Hilly 16/09/2023 Manzanares El Real > Guadarrama 208 km
STAGE 21  Flat 17/09/2023 Hipódromo de la Zarzuela > Madrid.  101.5 km


What is the La Vuelta 2023 Start list?

You can view the full start list on Pro Cycling StatsLook there for more details on individual riders and teams. 

Who are the 2023 Vuelta favourites?

The main riders and favourites are this year's 2023 Tour de France winner, Jonas Vingegaard riding for Jumbo Visma, alongside teammate and Giro 2023 winner Primož Roglič. They will be competing against 2023 Giro runner up, Geraint Thomas who rides for Ineos and UAE team leader João Almeida, who finished third in the Giro. The other main rider to watch is obviously last year's winner and recent World Champion in the Time Trial, Remco Evenepoel, who will be looking to defend his 2022 title. This will be his second grand tour of the year after starting the Giro before abandoning the race on the first rest day with Covid. He was leading the race at that point and will be looking to finish on the top step of this year's podium. 

This year's Vuelta has a very strong field and the race will hopefully be very competitive. It will be exciting to see a fully fit Remco battling against Primož, Jonas, Geraint and Almeida. The race route looks like it favours pure climbers, so Jonas may have the edge over the more punchy riders, depending on if he has managed to maintain the form that he had during the 2023 Tour de France. 

How to watch La Vuelta live?

To watch the Vuelta a España in different regions, including the USA, Canada, and the UK, here are the broadcasting options available:


  • The Vuelta a España will be available to view in the USA on Peacock. Some stages may also be shown on CNBC. The cost for Peacock subscription is $5.99 per month, with an ad-free Peacock Premium Plus subscription costing $11.99 per month. Annual subscription options are available as well.


  • FloBikes will air the race in Canada. An annual subscription to FloBikes costs $12.50 per month.

UK and Europe:

  • The 2023 Vuelta a España will be broadcast in the UK and Europe on Eurosport channels 1 and 2, and it will also stream on Discovery+, which carries Eurosport's live coverage. Discovery+ subscription costs £6.99/$9.15 per month, or £59.99/$78.51 for a 12-month pass.
  • The race will also be available on GCN+, with a year's subscription costing £39.99 and a monthly subscription costing £6.99.
  • Additionally, ITV4 will show highlights of the race for free in the UK.

If you are looking for highlights and in depth analysis of each stage, then the Lantern Rouge YouTube channel, or the Lantern Rouge Cycling Podcast has got you covered. This is a channel dedicated to cycling race analysis with extended strategic analysis, highlights and discussion. 

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