• Grand Tour rivals Nairo Quintana (L) and Chris Froome (R) at the Tour de France (AAP)Source: AAP
Some of the cast members may have changed for Team Sky and Movistar but the main players remain the same as both teams head for a Tour de France repeat at the 2015 Vuelta a Espana.
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18 Aug 2015 - 8:15 AM  UPDATED 19 Aug 2015 - 11:09 AM

The gruelling 3357.1km three week tour begins with a team time trial from Puerto Banus to Marbella on Saturday 22nd August and will finish on Sunday 13th September in Madrid.

Tour winner Chris Froome (Sky) will again battle Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in a bid to add a Vuelta title to both their palmares, supported by a another strong cast of domestiques.

Froome will again have Geraint Thomas and Nicholas Roche at his side, but with Sergio Henao, Mikel Nieve, Vasil Kiryienka, Christian Knees, Ian Boswell and Salvatore Puccio coming in as fresh reserves.

"It's been an unforgettable summer for us after winning the Tour de France for the third time, but it's important to move on quickly, realign our goals and focus on the new challenges ahead," Sky boss Dave Brailsford said.

"We've selected a strong squad for the Vuelta that has the right blend of talent and experience to support Chris Froome through the tough three weeks ahead."

Froome is attempting to become only the third man after Frenchmen Jacques Anquetil (1963) and Bernard Hinault (1978) as the only riders to win both the Tour de France and the Vuelta in the same year.

"I have great memories from this race so I'm pleased to be back. I've had a good rest after the Tour and now I'm ready for my next challenge," Froome said.

"It will certainly be a very competitive race given the strong field, which will be great for the fans to watch. The competition will be tough and this is bike racing so anything can happen, but we have an excellent team and we're ready to get the race started."

As at the Tour, Alejandro Valverde and Imanol Erviti will ride shotgun for Quintana, with Movistar complemented by the fresh legs of Australian Rory Sutherland, Andrey Amador, Javi Moreno, Fran Ventoso, José Joaquín Rojas and Giovanni Visconti.

"It might well be the most versatile group out of the three Grand Tour squads we lined up this season," said Movistar boss Eusebio Unzué. "Even though some of them might not be able to stick to the front into long climbs hit at a hard pace, all of them can get well through almost any mountain stage in this Vuelta.

"Most of the lads are fresh, Sutherland, Moreno, Rojas and Ventoso, with no Grand Tour's on their race programme so far, and the whole team is raring to go, which gives us a great guarantee of success."

SBS will broadcast and livestream the final eight stages of the Vuelta a España with daily highlights of all stages from 5:30pm AEST on SBS/HD.

2015 Vuelta a España live broadcast details.

Saturday 5th September
2015 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 14
2330 – 0200 SBS

Sunday 6th September
2015 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 15
2330 – 0200 SBS

Monday 7th September
2015 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 16
2355 - 0200 SBS

Wednesday 9th September
2015 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 17
2400 – 0200 SBS

Thursday 10th September
2015 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 18
2355 - 0200 SBS

Friday 11th September
2015 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 19
2400 - 0200 SBS

Saturday 12th September
2015 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 20
2230 – 0200 (TBC) SBS

Sunday 13th September
2015 Vuelta a Espana: Stage 21
2530 – 0500 SBS