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VUELTA’21: The Presentation Photo Gallery & Video

Vuelta’21 Presentation PeloPics: The last Grand Tour of the 2021 season starts in-front of Burgos Cathedral on Saturday evening. Before the race action we first have to see the riders: The Vuelta a España presentation.

# You can read the ‘PEZ Vuelta Preview’ HERE and the ‘Top Men for the KOM’ HERE. #

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Just two days before the 76th edition of La Vuelta starts, the 184 riders representing the 23 teams that will take part in the race are already in the city of Burgos as the event gears up. On Thursday evening the Team Presentation Gala was held on the Paseo Atapuerca, located right in front of the Burgos congress centre Fórum Evolución, where the race headquarters are, ahead of stage 1. Cycling and sports fans had the first opportunity to see up close the cyclists who will fight to conquer ‘La Roja’ from this Saturday, with an individual time trial that will take place around the Cathedral of Burgos as it celebrates its 800th anniversary, until September 5th, with 21 stages and 3,417 kilometres.

 

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An empty stage, the first view of the 2021 Vuelta a España

 

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Perico Delgado and Carlos de Andrés get the proceedings started

 

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A hot few days ahead in the start town of Burgos – Expected 38ºC on Saturday

 

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It wouldn’t be la Vuelta with out Miguel Indurain

 

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Local team: Burgos-BH

 

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Pity there wasn’t the usual crowd at the presentation due to covid regulations

 

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Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert enliven every race they start

Louis Meintjes: “Since the Tour de France, I recharged my batteries at home in Andorra. I took a couple of rest days before resuming training and take advantage of the altitude. I have good legs on the bike, even though the feeling is always a little special after the Tour. I want to be in the front from the first days, because my ambition is to defend a good position in the general classification. On paper, this Vuelta suits me better than the Tour with more uphill finishes, less time trial kilometres and better weather conditions. But if the circumstances jeopardise a good classification, I will turn my focus to stage victories.”

 

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Caja Rural-Seguros RGA will be looking for stage wins

 

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Spanish champion Omar Fraile looking cool

 

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Groupama-FDJ will be looking for bunch sprints

“I feel like a neo-pro, this is my first participation in La Vuelta!” And Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ) approaches it with a strong motivation: “I want to show a better image than I did over the ten days of the Tour,” announced the French sprinter two days ahead of his return to competition. “I had already planned to go to Savoie for a fortnight and that allowed me to train in the mountains while enjoying my family,” the Frenchman said. “It allowed me to come here with the freshness I needed. There are many opportunities for sprinters, so the objective would be to win one to be part of this selected group of riders to have won on the three Grand Tours.”

 

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Michael Matthews for stage wins?

 

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A young DSM team

 

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INEOS Grenadiers have a few options

Tom Pidcock, gold medallist in the Olympic Mountain Bike event, participates in his first Grand Tour: “I’ve enjoyed every minute since the Olympic Games and I kept enough fitness to race three weeks. I’ll take it day by day and the plans can change very quickly.”

 

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Bernal and Carapaz for GC

 

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Giro/Vuelta for Bernal?

Egan Bernal repeated his dearest wish as an athlete: “I want to win all three Grand Tours, it would be great to be part of cycling history like that.” As soon as the victory was assured in the Giro , Bernal was asked about the possibility of a follow-up to the Tour de France and the prospect of becoming Olympic champion. “No”, he replied. “My priority now is to win La Vuelta as well.”

 

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Bahrain-Victorious – Always a strong team

 

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Mikel Landa in his special Bahrain-Victorious jersey

Absent since 2015, when he won a stage in Cortals d’Encamp and achieved his best result (25th) in the general classification, Mikel Landa (Bahrain-Victorious) returns to La Vuelta with “a lot of desire. We must compensate for the lack of form with enthusiasm and a super powerful team like the one we bring,” with Poels, Caruso, Padun, Haig or Mäder to support the Spaniard. The champion from Murgia says he is not yet feeling at his best after crashing out of the Giro: “That is obvious, but I hope to reach that level during La Vuelta and I trust not to waste time at the beginning to be able to be in the fight when it happens,” since he has a clear objective, “to return on the podium of a Grande. In these years I have been very close in the Tour and in the Giro, but sometimes I have lacked a bit of luck or form.” These setbacks have served to “learn to have a little patience; cycling is not only about winning, attitude also counts, and you have to keep fighting for your dreams or your goals,” argued Landa, who also highlighted his links with Burgos: “It is a city to which I am very fond of him and it is like starting at home. I am very motivated.”

 

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Alejandro Valverde’s last Vuelta… Probably

Participating in La Vuelta for the 42nd year in a row, since Eusebio Unzué’s team was born under the patronage of Reynolds in 1980, Movistar Team aim to add to their success tally in the Spanish Grand Tour, with notably 4 overall victories and 64 stage wins. “I’m very excited to be here for a new La Vuelta, the race I love the most. And I’m excited with the team we have,” said Alejandro Valverde ahead of his 15th participation (overall winner in 2009, 12 stage wins). “It would be great to have Enric Mas or Miguel Angel Lopez on the podium and a stage win for myself.” Mas already finished on the podium in 2018 and he dreams of making it onto the top step in Santiago de Compostela: “Movistar always come for the win. Then we have to see what happens in the race but we’re convinced we can win, and if not be on the podium.” La Vuelta is also the Grand Tour Lopez rode most often (4 times since 2016): “It’s a beautiful race I’ve always loved. I have good memories here, from 2017, 2018, and it’s even sweeter to be here with Movistar, ready to give it a go from the start.”

 

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UAE Team Emirates without Tadej Pogačar

 

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AG2R-Ciroën – Another young team

 

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Interesting to see how Quinn Simmons get’s on in his first Grand Tour

 

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Guillaume Martin for the KOM

 

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Jumbo-Visma – All for Roglič

After a rollercoaster of a summer, with the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo’s ITT following his withdrawal from the Tour de France, Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) expressed his delight to return to La Vuelta: “First I celebrated, tried to realise and enjoy what we achieved. In the last days, I tried to train as well as possible ahead of La Vuelta. I always enjoy being here. I have special memories about this race, and about Spain. These victories are proof of the hard and good work we do, myself, and also my teammates and all the people involved in these successes.” The road to a historical third win starts early: “We’ll see after a couple of days if I’m ready. It’s a really, really tricky first week. The second is more manageable and the last one is among the hardest I’ve ever seen.” Asked about his rivals, the Slovenian highlighted the depth of the opposition and shifted the focus onto what he and his team will do: “What I worry about is that we do our best. Egan [Bernal] is a super strong guy for sure, and it’s not only him, so it will be a big fight all the way until the end.”

 

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Jumbo-Visma enjoying the calm before the storm

 

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Israel Start-up Nation without a leader for GC

 

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Alpecin-Fenix taking chances for stage wins

 

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Lotto Soudal will be looking for breaks

 

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Hugh Carthy will be EF’s top man

 

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The Vuelta boss – Javier Guillen

 


The 2021 presentation

 

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Map
Stages

 

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Stages

 


Riders

 

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