Primož Roglič is bidding to become a four-time winner at the Vuelta a España ©Getty Images

Defending champion Primož Roglič has put any injury fears behind him as he seeks to become the first male to win four consecutive Vuelta a España titles.

The Slovenian, representing Jumbo Visma, is tipped to complete the four-peat, provided he recovers from an injury he sustained at the Tour de France.

He crashed and dislocated his shoulder on stage five of the competition, which later played a factor in him abandoning the Tour after stage 14.

Despite it being just four weeks since he last raced, Roglič is convinced he is in a position to lodge another title bid.

"At the moment, it's definitely a lot better than it was," he said regarding his injury.

"In some ways, I can still feel some things, but we will see.

"Now I'm here and when I come here, I'm ready."

Olympic champion Richard Carapaz of Ecuador is one of the leading riders for Ineos Grenadiers and the 2020 runner-up is in line to be one of Roglič's biggest threats.

The Ecuadorian displayed his potential winning credentials earlier this year when he finished second at the Giro d'Italia.

Bahrain Victorious' Mikel Landa of Spain is bidding to claim his first Grand Tour win following a third-place finish at the Giro.

Landa will be backed up by Colombia's Santiago Buitrago and Switzerland's Gino Mäder, who both specialise in climbing.

UAE Team Emirates will be without Tadej Pogačar on this occasion, so Portugal's João Almeida is set to lead the line on debut.

The 24-year-old told VeloNews that he is feeling "no stress" prior to his maiden appearance.

"I will do everything that I can but I'll have my feet on the ground," he said.

"The route starts in Holland, so there won't be much climbing.

"It will all be about positioning and of course you need the legs but it's a good start for me.

"Maybe I can evolve as the race goes on."

The 21-stage competition is due to take place between August 19 and September 11, with the event starting with a team time trial in Utrecht.