Vuelta a Espana 2017: Prize Money, TV Schedule, Live Stream and Full Stage Info

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2017

EMBRUN, FRANCE - JULY 21:  Christopher Froome of Great Britain riding for Team Sky in the leader's jersey rides in the peloton during stage 19 of the 2017 Le Tour de France, a 222.5km stage from Embrun to Salon-de-Provence on July 21, 2017 in Embrun, France.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Chris Froome is on the hunt for more cycling history, as he seeks to become only the third man to win the Tour de France and the Vuelta a Espana in the same year.

The Team Sky rider wrapped up the first leg of this potential Grand Tour double last month, as he won his fourth Tour. Now attentions will turn to the Vuelta, where he has finished as the runner-up on three separate occasions.

Should he take overall victory, Froome will join Jacques Anquetil (1963) and Bernard Hinault (1973) to win both events in the same season. Longstanding rivals like Vincenzo Nibali, Alberto Contador and Fabio Aru will not make things easy for the Englishman, though.

Read on for the vital viewing information ahead of the Vuelta, the prize money details for the race and a preview of the final Grand Tour of 2017.

        

Date: August 19 - September 10

TV Info: Eurosport (UK), NBC Sports (U.S.)

Live Stream: Eurosport Player (UK), NBC Sports Gold (U.S.)

         

The winner of the general classification wins €150,000 of a total prize pool of €1,120,230. The purse for a stage win is €11,000.

For full details of the prize money on offer and stage details visit the competition's official website.

          

Preview

TOPSHOT - Great Britain's Christopher Froome wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey trains prior to taking the start of a 22,5 km individual time-trial, the twentieth stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race on July 22, 2017 in an
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With the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France ahead of it in the calendar, the Vuelta is often the most overlooked of the three Grand Tour events. But given what is on the line for Froome here, this race should be one to remember.

Froome will be the focus, and based on his displays at the Tour, he has to be considered the favourite. 

"It certainly feels as if I've got unfinished business at the Vuelta a Espana. Having finished second three times now, it would just be incredible to win the Vuelta," said Froome, per Sky Sports. "It's a relentless race, the course is always a lot more mountainous than the Tour de France, the conditions are tougher being mid-August in Spain."

As noted by journalist Laura Meseguer, not only do Sky have an outstanding team leader in Froome, they'll be taking a brilliant supporting cast to Spain:

The course will pose a fascinating challenge for Froome. Typically he takes time out of his general classification rivals on the individual time trial, although there's only one of those at the Vuelta this year.

There are also nine summit finishes, and while this has typically been an area of strength for Froome, his rivals will think back to his struggles on the ascension into Peyragudes on Stage 12 of the Tour; Romain Bardet and Aru both rode away from the Brit on a brutal climax there.

Nibali is potentially a major threat to Froome.
Nibali is potentially a major threat to Froome.LUK BENIES/Getty Images

Both of those will hope to beat Froome to the red jersey this year, although his biggest challenge may come from Nibali, who skipped the Tour and should be one of the fresher men in the peloton.

Cycling journalist David Hunter noted how versatile the Italian is in Grand Tours and said he's looked in good shape in the buildup:

Some of Froome's Tour rivals will also be seeking revenge when they face off on some testing climbs in Spain. 

Aru was lively in the early stages in France, although he faded badly later in the Tour. It'll be interesting to see what condition both he and Bardet are in after putting so much into their respective battles for the yellow jersey; the latter, in particular, looked spent after the final time trial, clinging on to his podium spot by a second.

Froome and Bardet had some brilliant battles at the Tour.
Froome and Bardet had some brilliant battles at the Tour.FRANCK FAUGERE/Getty Images

Cycling journalist Mihai Cazacu suggested the Frenchman has been making steady progress over the last year, though:

It'd doubtful as to whether that development will be enough for him to challenge Froome in Spain. Other potential rivals may come in the form of Ilnur Zakarin and Adam Yates, who won the white jersey for the best young rider at the Tour in 2016.

But even with a fourth Tour de France win in his legs, it's tough to see past Froome putting together a history-making campaign. The Briton seemed to be peaking towards the end of his three weeks in France, and that's an ominous proposition for the rest of the peloton.