Vuelta a Espana 2016 teams announced

Vuelta a Espana organisers ASO have announced the 22 teams that will take part in this year’s race. Alongside the 18 WorldTour teams, Bora-Argon 18, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA, Cofidis and Direct Energie have been confirmed as wildcard entries.

The 2016 Vuelta a Espana starts in Galicia with a team time trial on August 20 and it finishes with a sprint stage in Madrid on September 11. Fabio Aru took his first Grand Tour title at last year’s Vuelta a Espana, beating Joaquim Rodriguez by 57 seconds.

In accordance with Union Cycliste Internationale rules, the following eighteen UCI WorldTeams are automatically invited to the race:

Ag2r La Mondiale (FRA)

Astana Pro Team (KAZ)

BMC Racing Team (USA)

Cannondale Pro Cycling Team (USA)

Etixx – Quick Step (BEL)


IAM Cycling (SUI)

Lampre – Merida (ITA)

Lotto Soudal (BEL)

Movistar Team (SPA)

Orica GreenEDGE (AUS)

Team Dimension Data (RSA)

Team Giant – Alpecin (GER)

Team Katusha (RUS)

Team Lotto NL – Jumbo (NED)

Team Sky (GBR)

Tinkoff (RUS)

Trek – Segafredo (USA)

In addition to the above teams, four other teams have been invited to participate in the 2016 Vuelta a España: Bora – Argon18 (GER), Caja Rural – Seguros RGA (ESP), Cofidis, Solutions Crédits (FRA) and Direct Energie (FRA)