The 2017 Vuelta a Espana starts this Sunday morning LIVE from 1.30am AEST on SBS Viceland and streaming online. Here's some of the team line-ups.
Tuesday 15 Aug 2017
Orica-Scott hopes to finish 2017 with a strong general classification result and will be taking 2016's third placed Esteban Chaves along with Simon and Adam Yates to achieve just that.
"We have the best general classification riders we can put together," said director Neil Stephens.
"We have all three of them here and that is going to be a bit of a challenge. It's an exciting challenge but at the end of the day, the team is our leader all three have always fully committed to that.
The full Orica-Scott line-up looks like a fully-rounded roster for all terrains and with currently displaying some strong form.
Orica-Scott to the 2017 Vuelta a Espana: Sam Bewley, Esteban Chaves, Magnus Cort, Jack Haig, Chris Juul-Jensen, Svein Tuft, Carlos Verona, Adam Yates, Simon Yates.
Froome has only one thing on his mind at this year's Vuelta a Espana - the top step in Madrid and the elusive Tour-Vuelta double achieved only by Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault.
“It certainly feels as if I’ve got unfinished business with this race," the 2017 Tour champion said.
" I’ve finished second three times now, but I’ve got a good feeling about this year’s Vuelta.
"It feels like we’re on much more of a mission this year, and aiming for the Tour/Vuelta double this season has been a huge motivation.
Froome knows it will be a challenge. "It's a race I love doing, but it's relentless...absolutely brutal."
But team principal, Dave Brailsford is also optimistic.
"I believe this Vuelta can be a defining moment for Team Sky and for Chris Froome."
The Kenyan-born rider will take a hot line-up to help him realise a feat not achieved by any rider since the Vuelta moved to the end of the calendar in 1995.
Team Sky to the 2017 Vuelta a Espana: Chris Froome, Wout Poels, Mikel Nieve, Diego Rosa, David Lopez, Gianni Moscon, Salvatore Puccio, Ian Stannard and Christian Knees.
It seems BMC will hit the Vuelta with a number of objectives, such as the opening team time trial in Nimes and 'aggressive' racing from the likes of Dennis, Alessandro De Marchi and Damiano Caruso to pull off stage wins.
In terms of GC, Director Yvon Ledanois names Nicolas Roche, Tejay Van Garderen, and Samuel Sanchez as the team's best chances.
BMC to the 2017 Vuelta: Damiano Caruso, Alessandro De Marchi, Rohan Dennis, Kilian Frankiny, Daniel Oss, NIcolas Roche, Samuel Sanchez, Tejay Van Garderen, Francisco Ventoso
As Alberto Contador announced on social media, this year's Vuelta will be his last ever race.
A grand tour may now be in the rear-view mirror, but the Spaniard gives his all and can never be discounted.
Just watch him light it up at his last grand tour, in his home country - with the help of these guys.
And this guy:
Vuelta 2010 champion and 2013 runner-up Vincenzo Nibali said he's as ready as ever for this year's Vuelta.
“Competition is really strong and seeing the ranking minimum gaps of Giro d’Italia and Tour de France you can not be distracted even for a moment.
"So many climbs, but also the Navarra Circuit’s time trial with over 40 kilometres can be decisive."
Bahrain-Merida director Paolo Slongo said the team is far from optimal.
"Unfortunately, it’s not the team we imagined with the absence of strong riders such as Izagirre, Navardauskas and Sioutsou, but this has allowed us to bring in two interesting young boys like Domen Novak and Antonio Nibali. For them it will be a great experience," he said.
"We are well prepared and we come from a good Tour of Poland where Vincenzo and the team have given good signals."
Bahrain-Merida to the 2017 Vuelta a Espana: Valerio Agnoli, Manuele Boaro, Ivan Cortina, Javier Moreno, Antonio Nibali, Vincenzo Nibali, Domen Novak, Franco Pellizotti and Giovanni Visconti
#Aussies4George will get a run again this year as George Bennett was announced as part of the LottoNL Jumbo Vuelta outfit.
The Kiwi finished 10th at last year's Vuelta and was sitting in 12th before abandoning this year's Tour de France through illness on stage 16.
Earlier this year he enjoyed a strong patch of form with his overall win of the Tour of California, 11th overall at the Tour of the Basque country and ninth overall at the Volta a Catalunya.
Huffman slays another ATOC giant as Bennett wins the overall
Evan Huffman (Rally Cycling) out sprinted his four breakaway companions to win the final stage of the Amgen Tour of California. Australia's Lachlan Morton (Dimension Data) took out the final young rider's classification as New Zealander George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) retained the overall.
LottoNL Jumbo has not confirmed if Bennett will share GC leadership with Steven Kruijswijk also named in the Vuelta line-up or like Orica-Scott, let the road decide.
The Dutchman finished fifth at last week's Tour de l'Ain, third overall at the Tour de Suisse and was eighth overall at the Giro d'Italia before he could not start the penultimate stage due to stomach problems.
LottoNL Jumbo to the 2017 Vuelta: George Bennett, Koen Bouwman, Stef Clement, Floris De Tier, Steven Kruijswijk, Bert-Jan Lindeman, Juan Jose Lobato, Daan Olivier, Antwan Tolhoek
Movistar to the 2017 Vuelta a Espana: Jorge Arcas, Carlos Betancur, Richard Carapaz, Rubén Fernández, Dani Moreno, Nelson Oliveira, Antonio Pedrero, José Joaquín Rojas and Marc Soler