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Who Will Win La Vuelta a Espana

Updated on February 8, 2015
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La Vuelta a Espana 2014

La Vuelta a Espana is the third Grand Tour of cycling, chronologically it comes after the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France and it probably ranks third in terms of prestige, but it's no less of a race. The stages tend to be a little shorter, hillier and hotter, which makes for some aggressive racing and tight finishes.

This year it will end in Santiago de Compestela.

The route is always brutal, making the most of the surprising number of mountains in Spain. There's little room to make up or lose time in the time trials so it's about getting up and down those mountains safely at speed.

(Photos by me. All rights reserved.)

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One of the great advantages of being a cycling fan, above most other sports, is that you can ride the exact same routes that the pros do. I may never play football at Wembley, rugby at Twickenham, cricket at Lords, or Baseball at Fenway Park, but I have ridden some of the famous cycling routes of Europe.

For me the Vuelta is always a favorite as I've ridden further in Spain than I have in Italy or France, and whilst there's usually a bit of road in each Grand Tour that I can claim to have ridden on my cycle pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.

Sky Time Trial
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Vuelta a Espana Team List

The invite list for the Tour of Spain 2013 was largely the pro-tour, but with a couple of local invitees making the wildcard list.

I'll update as news for 2014 comes in.

AG2R La Mondiale (France)

Team Argos - Shimano(Netherlands)

Astana Pro Team (Kazakhstan)

Belkin Pro Cycling (Netherlands)

BMC Racing Team (USA)

Caja Rural (Spain)

Cannondale Pro Cycling (Italy)

Cofidis (France)

Euskaltel - Euskadi (Spain)

FDJ (France)

Garmin - Sharp (USA)

Katusha Team (Russia)

Lampre - Merida (Italy)

Lotto Belisol (Belgium)

Movistar Team (Spain)

Team NetApp-Endura (Germany)

Omega Pharma - Quickstep Cycling Team (Belgium)

Orica Greenedge (Austria)

Radioshack - Leopard (Luxembourg)

Team Saxo-Tinkoff (Denmark)

Sky Procycling (UK)

Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team (Netherlands)

Bunch Sprint
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Who Will Win The Red Jersey?

Unlike the Tour de France where the winner gets a yellow jersey, or the Giro d'Italia where the leader is in pink, the color for the Vuelta a Espana has changed over the years. This year it's red.

It's never wise to rule out Alejandro_Valverde in the Spanish mountains.

Team SKY will likely put up Chris Froome after his TdF disappointment. Let's hope there's no hypothermia this year.

Who Will Win The Vuelta King Of The Mountains?

Joaquim Rodriguez was hot favorite to win the King of The Mountains in Spain after a heroic showing in France, but he's nowhere to be seen on the bookies lists today.

Valverde is current favorite, Scarponi is up there, despite his advancing years. Mikel Nieve is currently third in the frontrunners.

Valverde and Nibali will need to put in a strong showing in the mountains if they want to win the GC in Spain. I wouldn't rule either of them out of winning the mountains classification.

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It comes in different sizes from youth upwards, and is available in yellow too.

 

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      I think it will be the person who finishes in the least amount of time. What do you think? Am I close?

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      Raymond Eagar 4 years ago

      May the best man win .