2021 Vuelta a España winner Primož Roglič and his team Jumbo-Visma (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)
It will be a Vuelta a España with 23 teams on the start line, and the list of objectives across the 184 riders runs even longer than the three-week race from August 19 to September 11.
Jumbo-Visma lead the 18 WorldTour squads, claiming race number one as they line up with three-time winner Primož Roglič, while Alpecin-Fenix and Arkéa-Samsic – as the top two UCI ProTeams – join the start list. There are also three wildcard entries, rather than the two seen at the Tour de France, with Spanish teams Euskaltel-Euskadi, Kern Pharma and Burgos-BH joining the fray.
Some teams will be chasing stage victories, jerseys, or perhaps points to chase off relegation threats, while others will be targeting the overall title, although, with the unpredictability of a three-week race, plenty of targets will change from the opening team time trial stage in the Netherlands to the finish line in Madrid.
We have analysed every team, picking out their leaders and looking at each group’s hopes and aims to put together this complete team-by-team guide ahead of Friday’s start in Utrecht. AG2R Citroën Team
Who? French WorldTour outfit that’s been going since the early 1990s.
Leader: Ben O’Connor
Objectives: GC and stage wins Rider to watch: Bob Jungels AG2R Citroën Team head to the Vuelta with renewed GC ambitions after Ben O’Connor’s early exit from the Tour de France. The original plan was for the Australian […]