The favorites of the Vuelta

Primoz Roglic and Egan Bernal are the big names in La Vuelta that starts this Saturday. But in the pools they are not the only ones.


This Saturday starts a Vuelta 2021 that will accumulate a large number of stars in its 76th edition. Among the great favorites are big winners, Olympic golds, cyclists with projection ... These are the main favorites to conquer the Spanish round

Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma)

The Slovenian is aiming for his third consecutive Lap, the three-week race that has given him the most glory. Last year it helped him to recover from the blow that lost the Tour at the hands of his compatriot Pogacar. This year, after leaving the French major due to a fall, he returns to show that he continues with the same capacity and ambition.

Egan Bernal (Ineos)

The Colombian is only 24 years old, but he has a challenge within the reach of very few cyclists in history: to enter the club of winners of the big three. Also in the one to conquer two the same year after his victory in the Giro. Forgotten (although not totally) his back discomfort, he is part of an Ineos that arrives at La Vuelta with a superteam.

Richard Carapaz (Ineos)

One of the most impetuous and courageous cyclists on the scene, the Ecuadorian does not stop growing. With a Giro in his record and after having also stepped on the Tour and Vuelta podium, in 2020 he came very close to unseating Roglic. Your options will depend on how you have recovered after a very intense season and how roles are managed at Ineos.

Mikel Landa (Bahrain)

The Basque returns to La Vuelta after an absence of six years, with renewed spirits after recovering from his hard fall at the Giro and with a great team to support him. Once again it has raised expectations and, if it is at a good level, the show is assured. I really want to see what Landismo can do in this Vuelta.

Hugh Carthy (EF)

The Briton made it clear in the last edition that in a race like La Vuelta he is capable of aspiring to anything. Very powerful in the major ports and capable of defending himself on the clock, his role must be that of a contender for the podium and a very uncomfortable rival for those who try to control the race.Adam Yates (Ineos)

The Ineos cover and the only one who has not run a big one this year, so he is supposed to be fresher than his rivals. Bernal and Carapaz have already stressed that the Briton could assume responsibility for the team if the situation requires it. A climber who, in good shape, is capable of making the race jump through the air.

Miguel Ángel López (Movistar)

The Colombian is another of those runners who seem made for La Vuelta. His offensive attitude is well suited to the track and, after the wear and tear of a long season, his momentum can dismantle any team. The Movistar, used in recent times to run on the attack, needs the best Superman to appear.

Enric Mas (Movistar)

The one from Artá may be the perfect complement to Superman. Perhaps without so much explosiveness, but much more regular, he has achieved great places in the majors and it is expected that this Vuelta will achieve that point more than it has needed to reach the podium again. The Tour finished well and claims to have rested for the Spanish round.

Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana)

The unknown of this Vuelta. Fourth of the Giro, great climber ... who will leave Astana at the end of the season. It remains to be seen if the Russian sees in this Vuelta an opportunity to confirm himself as a candidate for three-week races or if he decides on a goal more focused on winning stages.

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