The Vuelta starts tomorrow with the traditional TTT.
A team spectacle, the TTT is always fun to watch. Love the precision. This Vuelta will be for the climbers with 12 out of a total of 21 stages finishing uphill. Organizers have planned a uphill finish on stage 2 so riders will ever be mindful not to coast early. The action really will be on the last week, 6 out of the last 8 stages are uphill finishes. The icing on this Spanish cake is the penultimate day with the climb of the Angliru - that will decide the race.
My favorite to win this final Grand Tour is Purito Rodriguez, of course, it won't be easy. Vincenzo the Shark Nibali, Alejandro Valverde, Sergio Henao, Sammy Sanchez and even Bauke Mollenma will threaten for the podium. Heck, toss in climber David Arroyo for excitement. One man that can make a dent in top 5 is Carlos Betancur - he hasn't raced since the Giro, but he'll get going and will be there at the end.
Sadly, the Basque orange team of Euskaltel Euskadi will ride their last Vuelta but the good news is that they bring a solid team to back Sanchez. I really want them to do well in this - their swan song grand tour.
Phil Gil looking to get back in the winning column in the Vuelta
via BMC Racing Team
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Vuelta El Toro by Red Dots Cycling
Here's the exciting last kms of stage 4 of the USProChallenge - van Garderen and Acevedo do a 1-2 punch that was too hard for the peloton to absorb.
Thanks to Guy for the visit and for the gift of tubes!
Keep your eyes out for any road hazards...