The Vuelta a España starts on Saturday with nine Dutchmen. Three of them - Steven Kruijswijk, Wilco Kelderman and Wout Poels - hope to ride a good classification.
Jumbo-Visma appears with three Dutchmen at the start in Torrevieja, the place on the Costa Blanca where a team time trial will be held on Saturday. Apart from Kruijswijk (32), they are Robert Gesink (33) and Lennard Hofstede (24).
With the Solveen Primoz Roglic and the New Zealander George Bennett, the Dutch formation has two trump cards in addition to Kruijswijk.
The 28-year-old Kelderman has at Team Sunweb, among others, Martijn Tusveld (25) by his side. Poels (31) shares the lead at Team INEOS with the young Brit Tao Geoghegan Hart.
Dutch champion Fabio Jakobsen. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Jakobsen and Van Goethem debut in a big round
The 22-year-old Fabio Jakobsen makes his big debut at Deceuninck-Quick Step. The Dutch champion must go for day success in the sprint.
28-year-old Brian van Goethem from Lotto Soudal is also running a three-week lap for the first time. Jetse Bol (29) of the small Spanish team Burgos-BH has also been riding in the Vuelta for the past two years and has also started in the Giro d'Italia.
With 34 riders, Spain has the largest share in the Vuelta peloton. France (eighteen), Italy (thirteen), Colombia and Belgium (both eleven) also provide more participants than the Netherlands.
Number of Dutch people in Vuelta a España
- 2019: nine
- 2018: thirteen
- 2017: fifteen
- 2016: nine
- 2015: twelve
- 2014: eleven
- 2013: eleven
- 2012: twenty
- 2011: twelve
- 2010: five
In 2010, fewer Dutch people started for the last time
Last year thirteen Dutchmen took part in the Tour of Spain. Last year fewer Dutch people were active in 2010 than in the coming edition.
The 74th edition of the Vuelta has 21 stages. The finish is on September 15 in Madrid. The British title defender Simon Yates is not participating this year.