2022 Vuelta a España Preview & Betting Tips

Published: Aug 2, 3:01pm Last Updated: Sep 6, 11:38am Cycling 0 Comments 490 Views

2022 Vuelta a Espana

The 2022 Vuelta a España will start on Friday the 12th of August 2022 in the Dutch city of Utrecht with an individual time trial, the was the city due to host the start of the race in 2020 but was replaced, however, two years later the city finally gets its chance to host the start of the race.

The 2022 edition will be the first time the race has started outside of Spain since 2017 when the race started in Nimes, France. The race will start with a time trial in Utrecht, the second stage will be a flat stage from Hertogenbosch to Utrecht will be followed by another flat stage in Breda.

There are several markets available during the racing, most of which go to individual riders with the general classification being the main one as this is the overall winner of the tour.

What does the Vuelta a Espana consist of?

  • 8 Flat Stages
  • 7 Mountain Stages
  • 4 Hilly Stages
  • 2 Individual Time-Trial Stages
  • 2 Rest Days

2022 Vuelta a Espana Predictions

The OLBG cycling tipsters will have you covered throughout the twenty-one stages, head over to the main Cycling Betting Tips page for daily tips from La Vuelta as well as over cycling events throughout the year.

You can see who they are predicting to win the Vuelta a Espana as well as daily markets like rider matchups, which rider will produce the better result and also who they are picking to win the stage.

You can also see cycling picks from the best tipsters, on the Best Cycling Tipsters page we only display tipsters who have made a profit over the past year for their cycling tips, only tipsters with open tips will be displayed on this page.

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a cycling 'nerd' then why not join and start adding your La Vuelta tips, see if you can challenge the tipsters and claim the top spot in the cycling table and pick up a cash reward!

2021 Vuelta a Espana - Phase 1 Recap

The La Vuelta kicked off with an individual time trial in Burgos which was followed by five flat stages as the riders were eased into the race. The first phase of the race consisted of nine stages, two of the last three being the most demanding with two mountain stages but generally, with a total of six flat stages, this phase of the race was not the most demanding, it consisted of a total distance of 1,390.6 km (863.8 miles) before the riders first rest day.

Stage Route Winner
Stage 1
Sat (14 Aug)
Burgos > Burgos
Individual time trial - 8 km (5.0 mi)
Primož Roglič (SLO)
Stage 2
Sun (15 Aug)
Caleruega > Burgos
Flat stage - 169.5 km (105.3 mi)
Jasper Philipsen (BEL)
Stage 3
Mon (16 Aug)
Santo Domingo de Silos > Picón Blanco
Flat stage - 203 km (126 mi)
Rein Taaramäe (EST)
Stage 4
Tue (17 Aug)
El Burgo de Osma > Molina de Aragón
Flat stage - 163.6 km (101.7 mi)
Fabio Jakobsen (NED)
Stage 5
Wed (18 Aug)
Tarancón > Albacete
Flat stage - 184.4 km (114.6 mi)
Jasper Philipsen (BEL)
Stage 6
Thu (19 Aug)
Requena > Alto de Cullera
Flat stage - 159 km (99 mi)
Magnus Cort (DEN)
Stage 7
Fri (20 Aug)
Gandía > Balcón de Alicante
Mountain stage - 152 km (94 mi)
Michael Storer (AUS)
Stage 8
Sat (21 Aug)
Santa Pola > La Manga del Mar Menor
Flat stage - 163.3 km (101.5 mi)
Fabio Jakobsen (NED)
Stage 9
Sun (22 Aug)
Puerto Lumbreras > Alto de Velefique
Mountain stage - 187.8 km (116.7 mi)
Damiano Caruso (ITA)

2021 Vuelta a Espana - Phase 2 Recap

After their first rest day, things got much tougher for the riders with the next six stages which saw them travel a total of 1,038.8 km (645.5 miles), they kicked off with three hilly stages followed by stage 13 which was the longest stage of the race, a 197.2 km flat stage and then ended this phase with two mountain stages before their final rest day.

Stage Route Winner
Stage 10
Tue (24 Aug)
Roquetas de Mar > Rincón de la Victoria
Hilly stage - 190.2 km (118.2 mi)
Michael Storer (AUS)
Stage 11
Wed (25 Aug)
Antequera > Valdepeñas de Jaén
Hilly stage - 131.6 km (81.8 mi)
Primož Roglič (SLO)
Stage 12
Thu (26 Aug)
Jaén > Córdoba
Hilly stage - 166.7 km (103.6 mi)
Magnus Cort (DEN)
Stage 13
Fri (27 Aug)
Belmez > Villanueva de la Serena
Flat stage - 197.2 km (122.5 mi)
Florian Sénéchal (FRA)
Stage 14
Sat (28 Aug)
Don Benito > Pico Villuercas
Mountain stage - 159.7 km (99.2 mi)
Romain Bardet (FRA)
Stage 15
Sun (29 Aug)
Navalmoral de la Mata > El Barraco
Mountain stage - 193.4 km (120.2 mi)
Rafał Majka (POL)

2021 Vuelta a Espana - Phase 3 Recap

Following their final rest day, the riders had six more stages between them and being crowned winner of the Vuelta a Espana, they were eased back into things with a 170 km flat stage before things get demanding with two mountain stages, a hilly stage followed by another mountain stage and they finished the race with an individual time trial. They travelled 906.7 km (563.3 miles) during these six stages taking their race total to 3,336.1 km (2,073 miles).

Stage Route Winner
Stage 16
Tue (31 Aug)
Laredo > Santa Cruz de Bezana
Flat stage - 170.8 km (106.1 mi)
Fabio Jakobsen (NED)
Stage 17
Wed (01 Sep)
Unquera > Lagos de Covadonga
Mountain stage - 181.6 km (112.8 mi)
Primož Roglič (SLO)
Stage 18
Thu (02 Sep)
Salas > Alto de Gamoniteiru
Mountain stage - 159.2 km (98.9 mi)
Miguel Ángel López (COL)
Stage 19
Fri (03 Sep)
Tapia > Monforte de Lemos
Hilly stage - 187.8 km (116.7 mi)
Magnus Cort (DEN)
Stage 20
Sat (04 Sep)
Sanxenxo > Mos
Mountain stage - 173.6 km (107.9 mi)
Clément Champoussin (FRA)
Stage 21
Sun (05 Sep)
Padrón > Santiago de Compostela
Individual time trial - 33.7 km (20.9 mi)
Primož Roglič (SLO)

Vuelta a Espana General Classification

It is no surprise that the Spanish have a good record in the race considering it is their 'home' race, the winner of the general classification has been Spanish a total of thirty-two times with twenty-three riders making up those wins.

That number is well clear of the next which is the French who have nine wins (eight riders) followed by the Belgians with seven wins (six riders) and Italians with six different winners.

Spanish rider Roberto Heras is the most successful rider in the race having won it four times (2000, 2003, 2004 & 2005) which included winning it for three years on the spin.

Tony Rominger (SUI) and Alberto Contador (ESP) were the only two other riders to have recorded three or more wins in the race, however, in 2021, Primož Roglič won it for a third straight year and is now only 1 win behind the all-time record holder Heras.

Last Ten Vuelta a España Winners

Year Winner Time Stage Wins
2021 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo–Visma
83h 55' 29"
+ 4' 42"
2020 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo–Visma
72h 46' 12"
+ 24"
2019 Primož Roglič
Team Jumbo–Visma
83h 07' 31"
+ 2' 33"
2018 Simon Yates
82h 05' 58"
+ 1' 46"
2017 Chris Froome
Team Sky
82h 30' 02"
+ 2' 15"
2016 Nairo Quintana
Movistar Team
83h 31' 28"
+ 1' 23"
2015 Fabio Aru
85h 36' 13"
2014 Alberto Contador
81h 25' 05"
+1' 10"
2013 Chris Horner
84h 36' 04"
+ 37"
2012 Alberto Contador
Saxo Bank–Tinkoff Bank
84h 59' 49"
+1' 16"

Vuelta a Espana Points Classification

Spaniard Alejandro Valverde is one of the most successful point classification riders, his win in 2018 was the fourth time that he picked up the award having previously also won it in 2012, 2013 & 2015.

His fourth win tied him with Irishman Sean Kelly (1980, 1985, 1986 & 1988) and Frenchman Laurent Jalabert who won the award four consecutive years (1994, 1995, 1996 & 1997).

As well as the general classification, Primož Roglič won the points classification in both 2019 & 2020 but could only manage runner-up in 2021 but will head into 2022 looking for a third win which would put him level with German Erik Zabel (2002, 2003 & 2004).

Last Ten Points Classification Winners

Year Winner Second Third
2021 Fabio Jakobsen (NED) (250) Primož Roglič (SLO) (199) Magnus Cort (DEN) (161)
2020 Primož Roglič (SLO) (204) Richard Carapaz (ECU) (133) Dan Martin (IRL) (111)
2019 Primož Roglič (SLO) (155) Tadej Pogačar (SLO) (136) Sam Bennett (IRL) (134)
2018 Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (131) Peter Sagan (SVK) (119) Elia Viviani (ITA) (105)
2017 Chris Froome (GBR) (158) Matteo Trentin (ITA) (156) Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) (128)
2016 Fabio Felline (ITA) (100) Nairo Quintana (COL) (97) Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (93)
2015 Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (118) Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) (116) Esteban Chaves (COL) (108)
2014 John Degenkolb (GER) (169) Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (146) Alberto Contador (ESP) (145)
2013 Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (152) Chris Horner (USA) (126) Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) (125)
2012 Alejandro Valverde (ESP) (199) Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) (193) Alberto Contador (ESP) (161)

Vuelta a Espana King of the Mountains

 It used to be a case of not looking at anything but a Spaniard to find the King of the Mountain winner, between 1941 & 1986 there were only three non-Spanish winners, there were also eight winners between 1997 & 2006.

However, the tide has turned, since 2007, of the fifteen winners, only three of those have been Spanish, Luis León Sánchez in 2014 and then Omar Fraile in both 2015 & 2016 and in both 2020 & 2021, there wasn't a single Spaniard in the top three.

The French have picked up a lot of wins of late, David Moncoutié won it for four consecutive years between 2008 & 2011, Nicolas Edet won it in 2013, Geoffrey Bouchard in 2019 and Guillaume Martin picked up the title in 2020.

Last Ten King of the Mountain Winners

Year Winner Second Third
2021 Michael Storer (AUS) Romain Bardet (FRA) Primož Roglič (SLO)
2020 Guillaume Martin (FRA) Tim Wellens (BEL) Richard Carapaz (ECU)
2019 Geoffrey Bouchard (FRA) Ángel Madrazo (ESP) Sergio Samitier (ESP)
2018 Thomas De Gendt (BEL) Bauke Mollema (NED) Luis Ángel Maté (ESP)
2017 Davide Villella (ITA) Miguel Ángel López (COL) Chris Froome (GBR)
2016 Omar Fraile (ESP) Kenny Elissonde (FRA) Robert Gesink (NED)
2015 Omar Fraile (ESP) Rubén Plaza (ESP) Fränk Schleck (LUX)
2014 Luis León Sánchez (ESP) Alberto Contador (ESP) Alejandro Valverde (ESP)
2013 Nicolas Edet (FRA) Chris Horner (USA) Daniele Ratto (ITA)
2012 Simon Clarke (AUS) David de la Fuente (ESP) Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)


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