La Vuelta Femenina is a women’s stage race held in Spain. It has been running in various formats since 2015, and has been part of the women’s World Tour since 2016. It is commonly referred to as a women’s Grand Tour alongside Giro D’Italia Donne and Tour de France Femmes.
Until 2022 the race was known as Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta, and before that La Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta. It started as a one day race in 2015 and has gradually expanded to include 5 stages in 2022.
Three riders have won the race twice, Annemiek van Vleuten (2021, 2022), Lisa Brennauer (2019, 2020), and Jolien D’Hoore (2016, 2017). As of 2022 no Spanish rider has won the national race.
Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta 2022
The 8th edition of the women’s La Vuelta started in Marina de Cudeyo on 7 September 2022 and finished in Madrid on 11 September 2022. It was race 22 of 23 on the 2022 World Tour. A total of 131 riders were named on the official start list, representing 22 teams. The winner of the General classification was Annemiek van Vleuten, winning for the second time after her victory in 2021.
- General Classification –
- Annemiek van Vleuten
- Elisa Longo Borghini
- Demi Vollering
- Points Classification – Silvia Persico
- Mountains Classification – Lucinda Brand
- Team Classification – SD Worx
La Vuelta Femenina 2023
In 2023 the race will become the third women’s cycling Grand Tour. The race will be held from 1 May 2023 to 7 May 2023 and will comprise 7 stages.
- 2022 – Annemiek van Vleuten
- 2021 – Annemiek van Vleuten
- 2020 – Lisa Brennauer
- 2019 – Lisa Brennauer
- 2018 – Ellen van Dijk
- 2017 – Jolien D’Hoore
- 2016 – Jolien D’Hoore
- 2015 – Shelley Olds