Coming August 19, 2017. Who will win the red jersey this year? This month cycling enthusiasts are on the edge of their seat watching the Tour de France, but they’ll need to save some of that enthusiasm for the Vuelta a España, the third of the prestigious Grand Tours. This multi-day cycling race is composed of 21 stages, 2 rest days, and a total distance of 3,297.7 km (2,049 miles). As with the Tour de France, the route changes each year, though the majority of the stages are in Spain and are characterized by shorter, but far steeper, ascents. There are at least two time trials (one individual and one team), a grueling passage through the scenic mountain chain of the Pyrenees, and the finish in the Spanish capital of Madrid. The countdown begins for the Vuelta a España!