How to watch the Vuelta a España 2018 live on TV

Our complete guide to this year's Vuelta a España coverage

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. 

To recap on the current action take a look at Cyclingnews.com's comprehensive Vuelta coverage, including the Cyclingnews podcast, and read on to find out how to keep up to date and watch the Vuelta a España 2018 live.

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

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 map
The 2018 Vuelta a España route map

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

For more information about the race, our friends at Cyclingnews will be staying up to date with race reports, team news, course details and more.

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.

Amazon Prime subscribers can sign up to the Eurosport Player through Amazon Channels for £4.99 per month. Amazon Prime is £7.99 per month but can be accessed with a 30-day free trial.

If you want to access the Eurosport Player direct, it's £9.99 per month or £39.99 a year.

Alternatively, if you want a bit more versatility, you might consider subscribing to the TVPlayer PLUS Lite package for just £5.99, which gives you access to the Eurosport 1 and 2 channels along with several others (in case you ever get tired of cycling!).

How can I watch the Vuelta a España 2018 live in the US?

You can subscribe to the NBC Sports Gold package as a standalone online streaming service, with a $49.99 subscription that lasts until 10 June 2019. That will also get you access to a range of other cycling events throughout the subscription period.

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.

The NBC Sport Gold package appears to offer some additional versatility with access to the app, which provides some additional coverage of the beginnings of the stages, live tracking and stats for riders and on-demand stage recaps and replays.

How can I watch the Vuelta a España 2018 live in Australia?

In Australia, the Vuelta a España will be broadcast on SBS. You can also watch through the SBS online viewer here.

How can I follow the Vuelta a España 2018 if I can’t watch live coverage?

Cyclingnews will be providing live text updates during the course of the race. You can also follow the official tracker here.

Eurosport, ITV4, NBC and SBS will also all have evening highlights of each day’s stage racing.

Vuelta a España 2018 schedule

Stage 1: Málaga, 8km, 25 August

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.00am BST, NBCSN from 1pm ET.

2018 Vuelta a España Stage 1
2018 Vuelta a España Stage 1

Stage 2: Marbella – Caminito del Rey, 163.5km, 26 August

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.00am BST, NBCSN from 10am ET.

2018 Vuelta a España Stage 2
2018 Vuelta a España Stage 2

Stage 3: Mijas – Alhaurin de la Torre, 178.2km, 27 August

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.00am BST, NBCSN from 10am ET.

2018 Vuelta a España Stage 3
2018 Vuelta a España Stage 3

Stage 4: Vélez-Málaga – Alfacar. Sierra de la Alfaguara, 161.4km, 28 August

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.00am BST, NBCSN from 10am ET.

2018 Vuelta a España Stage 4
2018 Vuelta a España Stage 4

Stage 5: Granada – Roquetas de Mar, 188.7km, 29 August

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.00am BST, NBCSN from 10am ET.

2018 Vuelta a España Stage 5
2018 Vuelta a España Stage 5

Stage 6:Huércal-Overa – San Javier. Mar Menor, 155.7km, 30 August

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.00am BST, NBCSN from 10am ET.

2018 Vuelta a España Stage 6
2018 Vuelta a España Stage 6

Stage 7: Puerto-Lumbreras – Pozo Alcón, 185.7km, 31 August

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.00am BST, NBCSN from 10am ET.

2018 Vuelta a España Stage 7
2018 Vuelta a España Stage 7

Stage 8: Linares – Almadén, 195.1km, 1 September

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.00am BST, NBCSN from 10am ET.

2018 Vuelta a España Stage 8
2018 Vuelta a España Stage 8

Stage 9: Talavera de la Reina – La Covatilla, 200.8km, 2 September

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.00am BST, NBCSN from 5.40am ET.

2018 Vuelta a España Stage 9
2018 Vuelta a España Stage 9

Rest day 1: 3 September

Stage 10: Salamanca – Fermoselle. Bermillo de Sayago, 177km, 4 September

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.00am BST, NBCSN from 10am ET.

2018 Vuelta a España Stage 10
2018 Vuelta a España Stage 10

Stage 11: Mombuey – Ribeira Sacra. Luintra, 207.8km, 5 September

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.00am BST, NBCSN from 10am ET.

2018 Vuelta a España Stage 11
2018 Vuelta a España Stage 11

Stage 12: Mondoñedo – Faro de Estaca de Bares. Mañón, 181.1km, 6 September

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.00am BST, NBCSN from 10am ET.

2018 Vuelta a España Stage 12
2018 Vuelta a España Stage 12

Stage 13: Candás. Carreño – Valle de Sabero. La Camperona, 174.8km, 7 September

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.00am BST, NBCSN from 10am ET.

2018 Vuelta a España Stage 13
2018 Vuelta a España Stage 13

Stage 14: Cistierna – Les Praeres. Nava, 171km, 8 September

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.00am BST, NBCSN from 6.40am ET.

2018 Vuelta a España Stage 14
2018 Vuelta a España Stage 14

Stage 15: Ribera de Arriba – Lagos de Covadonga. Centenarios 2018, 178.2km, 9 September

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.00am BST, NBCSN from 10am ET

2018 Vuelta a España Stage 15
2018 Vuelta a España Stage 15

Rest day 2: 10 September

Stage 16: Santillana del Mar – Torrelavega, 32km, 11 September

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.00am BST, NBCSN from 10am ET.

2018 Vuelta a España Stage 16
2018 Vuelta a España Stage 16

Stage 17: Getxo – Balcón de Bizkaia, 157km, 12 September

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.00am BST, NBCSN from 6.55am ET.

2018 Vuelta a España Stage 17
2018 Vuelta a España Stage 17

Stage 18: Ejea de los Caballeros – Lleida, 186.1km, 13 September

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.00am BST, NBCSN from 10am ET.

2018 Vuelta a España Stage 18
2018 Vuelta a España Stage 18

Stage 19: Lleida – Andorra. Naturlandia, 154.4km, 14 September

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.00am BST, NBCSN from 10am ET.

2018 Vuelta a España Stage 19
2018 Vuelta a España Stage 19

Stage 20: Andorra. Escaldes-Engordany – Coll del la Gallina. Santuario de Canolich, 97.3km, 15 September

Watch the action on Eurosport from 11.00am BST, NBCSN from 8.40am ET.

2018 Vuelta a España Stage 20
2018 Vuelta a España Stage 20

Stage 21: Alcorcón– Madrid, 100.9km, 16 September

Watch the action on Eurosport from 3.45pm BST, NBCSN from 10.45am ET.

2018 Vuelta a España Stage 21
2018 Vuelta a España Stage 21

What comes next?

This is the last of the Grand Tours, so the big cycling events will soon be over for this year. In the UK you might look forward to the Tour of Britain between 2–9 September and there’s also the GP Cycliste de Quebec and Montreal in Canada. 

The biggest event left in September is the UCI World Championships between 22–30 September, so check back with us to find out how to stay updated.

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