The final Grand Tour of the 2021 season, the Vuelta a España, is underway, with a top quality peloton of riders in the midst of a battle over three weeks in Spain.
The race will be broadcast in select locations in Europe and the rest of the world. You can find out how to watch the race wherever you are with our handy guide and with ExpressVPN.
Defending champion Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) is leading the race after nine stages having won the opening time trial in Burgos. He and second-placed man Enric Mas (Movistar) were the class of the field on the Alto de Velefique, with the Spaniard at 28 seconds down the only man within a minute of the leader.
Roglič has Jumbo-Visma teammates Sepp Kuss and Steven Kruijswijk beside him in the three-week battle while Bernal is accompanied by 2020 Vuelta runner-up Richard Carapaz, Adam Yates, Tom Pidcock, and Pavel Sivakov, and Movistar’s duo can rely on Carlos Verona.
Elsewhere, Jack Haig has assumed leadership at Bahrain Victorious after Mikel Landa shipped time to drop out of contention. Damiano Caruso, Mark Padun, and Gino Mäder will be key lieutenants.
Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech), Felix Großschartner (Bora-Hansgrohe), and Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) are among those looking for top 10 finishes and stage wins.
Elsewhere, watch out for Guillaume Martin (Cofidis), Romain Bardet (Team DSM), , Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert), and the retiring Fabio Aru (Qhubeka NextHash).
The sprint field isn’t the strongest of the season, but Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ), Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange), Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix), Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) and Juan Sebastián Molano (UAE Team Emirates) will all be in the mix on the flat stages.
Vuelta a España live stream
The race will be aired live in the UK and Europe on Eurosport, Eurosport Player and on GCN+. A subscription to Eurosport Player costs £6.99 for a single month, £4.99 for a year-long monthly pass, or £39.99 for a 12-month pass with a GCN+ subscription costing the same price.
Race highlights are available on GCN+ in Canada, while ITV4 will also run a highlights package in the UK.
In the USA, Peacock Premium will be airing the Vuelta, with a subscription costing $5 per month or $50 per year.
Flobikes will be airing the race in Canada. Plans start from $12.50 per month or $150 per year.
Be warned, though, geo-restrictions may apply if you’re outside your home country or on holiday during the Vuelta a España.
You can get around that, however, by accessing the streams via a VPN, with ExpressVPN offering the ability to simulate being back in your home country, allowing you to watch the race live on various devices – including Smart TVs, Fire TV Stick, PC, Mac, iPhone, Android phone, iPads, tablets, etc.
Vuelta a España schedule
|Stage||Date||Location||Start – Finish (CEST)|
|Stage 1||August 14||Burgos – Burgos||17:44 – 20:55|
|Stage 2||August 15||Caleruega – Burgos||13:32 – 17:30|
|Stage 3||August 16||Santo Domingo de Silos – Picón Blanco||12:10 – 17:30|
|Stage 4||August 17||El Burgo de Osma – Molina de Aragón||13:38 – 17:30|
|Stage 5||August 18||Tarancón – Albacete||13:00 – 17:30|
|Stage 6||August 19||Requena – Alto de la Montaña de Cullera||13:45 – 17:30|
|Stage 7||August 20||Gandía – Balcón de Alicante||13:07 – 17:30|
|Stage 8||August 21||Santa Pola – La Manga del Mar Menor||13:18 – 17:30|
|Stage 9||August 22||Puerto-Lumbreras – Alto de Velefique||11:55 – 17:30|
|Stage 10||August 24||Roquetas de Mar – Rincón de la Victoria||12:15 – 17:30|
|Stage 11||August 25||Antequera – Valdepeñas de Jaén||13:57 – 17:30|
|Stage 12||August 26||Jaén – Córdoba||12:56 – 17:30|
|Stage 13||August 27||Belmez – Villanueva de la Serena||12:18 – 17:30|
|Stage 14||August 28||Don Benito – Pico Villuercas||12:50 – 17:30|
|Stage 15||August 29||Navalmoral de la Mata – El Barraco||11:35 – 17:30|
|Stage 16||August 31||Laredo – Santa Cruz de Bezana||12:49 – 17:30|
|Stage 17||September 1||Unquera – Lagos de Covadonga||12:10 – 17:30|
|Stage 18||September 2||Salas – Altu d’El Gamoniteiru||12:38 – 17:30|
|Stage 19||September 3||Tapia – Monforte de Lemos||12:11 – 17:30|
|Stage 20||September 4||Sanxenxo – Mos. Castro de Herville||11:47 – 17:30|
|Stage 21||September 5||Padrón – Santiago de Compostela||16:29 – 20:31|