Adam Yates sealed the red jersey yesterday on the tough but short 97.3km stage from Andorra. Escaldes-Engordany to Coll de la Gallina. Santuario de Canolich and is set to the win La Vuelta in Madrid today. The action kicks off a little later than usual though, with coverage on Eurosport starting at 3.35pm BST and on NBC Sports at 10.45am ET.
There’s extra live coverage on Eurosport at 7pm BST too in Live Vuelta Extra, while NBC Sports will also be showing the Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta at 8am ET and it’ll be on Eurosport at 8pm. ITV4‘s usual highlights show will be on at 10pm BST.
The 2018 Vuelta a España starts on 25 August and continues over 21 stages with 3,255km of riding concluding in Madrid on 16 September
The Vuelta is going to be a tough race this year, with riding over 46 summits during the course of six hill stages, five mountain stages and nine summit finishes. Add two individual time trials and some flat stages and you’ve got the makings of a very competitive race.
The 2018 Vuelta a España route mapASO
The race starts with an 8km individual time trial out of Malaga, and the area will play host to the following three stages. That includes two summit finishes on Stage 2 and Stage 4.
After that follow several flat stages before a demanding summit finish on Stage 9 that precedes a rest day.
Rolling terrain until Stage 12 provides the build-up for the demanding mountain riding of Stage 13, 14 and 15, and a further rest day is followed by the second time trial of the race.
The final week doesn’t let up with summit finishes on Stage 17, 19 and 20, which should prove decisive in selecting the overall winner. The final stage sees a short flat race that rolls into Madrid on 16 September
How can I watch the Vuelta a España 2018 live in the UK?
Eurosport will be covering the Vuelta a España 2018 live. The self-proclaimed ‘Home of Cycling’, Eurosport offers extended coverage of other races too, and has covered all three Grand Tours and 25 UCI World Tour events this year.
FuboTV is also providing coverage of the race. By subscribing to its service you gain access to the NBCSN channel. You will have to subscribe to the basic FuboTV package for $44.99 per month, but FuboTV does pitch itself as a complete replacement for your current cable package.