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The Vuelta a Espana unveiled an international route with Spanish cycling's grand tour embarking from the Netherlands before side excursions into France and Portugal.
Belgian veteran Philippe Gilbert claimed a second win at this year's Vuelta a Espana as Slovenian Primoz Roglic remained in the lead after stage 17.
Philippe Gilbert stamped his authority on the Vuelta a Espana 12th stage as Slovenia's Primoz Roglic retained the leader's red jersey.
Slovenia's Primoz Roglic justified his tag as favourite to win the Vuelta a Espana by smashing his rivals in the individual time-trial on Stage 10.
Miguel Angel Lopez took possession of the Vuelta a Espana leader's red jersey after the fifth stage won by home hope Angel Madrazo.
Former winner Nairo Quintana continued the Colombian streak in Grand Tours when he won the first long individual stage of the Vuelta a Espana in Calpe.
Juan Cobo has been found guilty of an anti-doping rule violation and could be stripped of his 2011 Vuelta a Espana victory.
French sprinter Nacer Bouhanni ended his unlucky streak by holding on in the dash for the line to win the sixth stage of the Vuelta in San Javier.
This year's Vuelta a Espana is set to be decided in the mountains with nine summit finishes.
Chris Froome became just the third rider in history to win the Vuelta a Espana and Tour de France in the same year.
Colombia's Sergio Higuita has won stage 18 of the Vuelta a Espana as the overall leader Primoz Roglic came second in another assured step towards the title.
Dane Jakob Fuglsang won the 16th stage of the Vuelta a Espana as Slovakian Primoz Roglic extended his advantage at the top of the overall standings
Mikel Iturria dug deep to register his first ever professional victory by winning stage 11 at the Vuelta a Espana.
Jesus Herrada won a crash-marred sixth stage of the Vuelta a Espana with Belgian Dylan Teuns inheriting the leaders' red jersey.
Dutchman Fabio Jakobsen held off a remarkable fightback from Ireland's Sam Bennett to edge a photo finish and win the fourth stage of the Vuelta a Espana
Ecuador's Richard Carapaz, winner of this year's Giro d'Italia, has pulled out of the Vuelta a Espana due to injury.
French team Cofidis and Spanish teams Caja Rural-RGA, Burgos-BH and Euskadi-Murias have been named on the list for this year's Vuelta a Espana.
Elia Viviani won the third stage of the Vuelta a Espana in a sprint finish as Polish rider Michal Kwiatkowski held on to the leader's jersey.
The 2018 Vuelta a Espana will embark from the South Coast town of Malaga on August 25, organisers said.
Chris Froome virtually secured overall victory in the Vuelta a Espana by extending his lead over Vincenzo Nibali as Alberto Contador won the 20th stage.
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