Interview with Javier Guillén
It usually is every year, but this time more than ever, the Vuelta appears at the end of the calendar as an
opportunity for redemption
for those who ended the Tour with a bad taste in their mouths.
Or even, as in the case of Chris Froome, for whom they did not even have the opportunity to dispute it.
With the exception of Tadej Pogacar, Egan Bernal, Richie Porte, Mikel Landa and Nairo Quintana, in the round that begins this Tuesday in Irún the best voltomaniacs in the world are enlisted.
A priori, a new heads-up between the Jumbo and Ineos is presumed, again with two tricks each, with the permission of a Movistar who appears in this Vuelta with the best he has.
These are the 10 favorite runners to wear red in Madrid.
Second in the last Tour and winner of the last Tour.
With such a recent résumé, it is impossible not to single out the Slovenian as
the top seed
for the Spanish round.
He ran and won the Liege after his tough defeat against Pogacar in France and the only question is whether the powerful Jumbo will play his card or use him as a gregarious one.
"At the moment we will have two leaders at the start and both in good shape and wanting to do well," he warns.
Because together with Roglic, the Dutch rider,
winner of the 2017 Giro,
is back in line
On the Tour, he was in charge of covering the Slovenian and this time the roles of both could be reversed.
After all, he signed for Jumbo this year to bolster his aspirations in the big stage races and this Vuelta could be his debut as team leader.
A winner of four Tours, two Laps and a Giro must be on this list.
Yes or yes.
Now, the Briton comes out of two very difficult years due to injuries, which have prevented him from competing in a great lap since the 2018 Tour. On
his farewell from Ineos
, before leaving for Israel, it will be necessary to see if he is already 35 years old. he is able to go back to being who he was.
"It's strange to think that I will no longer wear the colors of Ineos after the Vuelta. I'm going to race with the hope of finishing on a high note for the team. I think so. It's hard to know where I am right now because I haven't done many Stage racing recently. After the first stages I'll have a more precise strategy for the rest of the race, "he reflects.
Due to the doubts generated by Froome, the most solid option for Ineos seems a priori that of the Ecuadorian,
winner of the 2019 Giro
Called to defend the title in Italy, circumstances have led him to contest the Tour and the Vuelta this year.
The state of form in which the French round ended accredits him as one of the top favorites, awaiting how roles are shared in the British squad.
at the start, the Spaniard is the most qualified Spaniard for the final victory.
A goal, however, that is difficult if Roglic, Dumoulin and Carapaz perform well.
From less to more on the Tour, he finished in a remarkable fifth position and has already shown that the Vuelta is good for him, being second in the 2018 edition.
As in the case of Froome, his resume makes his presence on this list essential.
Among other things, because
last year he finished second
when nobody expected from Murcia to compete for the final victory.
His performance has declined a lot this year, but he can never be ruled out, even less in the Vuelta.
"We have to be motivated,
I see Enric Mas very well
, he came out of the Tour very confident. We must face the Vuelta with a winning mentality, not be conservative. We are here to prove it and finish as far ahead as possible."
Valverde, during a training session in Irún.Kiko HuescaEFE
After suffering a new disappointment on the Tour, the French climber appears at the Vuelta hungry to show that he has the capacity to fight for victory in a big one.
He arrives covered by a good team, including
, and he already knows the Vuelta, which has run in three, achieving a sixth place and a seventh place.
The new hope of French cycling made the Tour too long, causing it to finally fall out of the 'Top10'.
Without Jesús Herrada
, a last minute loss due to Covid, Cofidis will focus its efforts so that its leader can compete to be among the best.
It is almost impossible for him to win, but the podium is not out of the question.
DANIEL FELIPE MARTÍNEZ
The always powerful Education First appears in the Vuelta with the Colombian as leader
in the absence of Rigoberto Urán
He is a good climber and also a correct time trialist, but so far he has lacked regularity to fight for the generals of the great tours.
If he finds her, he will be a man to watch.
The Russian Vlasov should be in full assault on the pink jersey, as he was not in vain one of the favorites for the Giro, but stomach problems made him withdraw in the second stage.
So he comes to the Vuelta with enthusiasm and Astana, with five Spaniards, at his service: Ion and Gorka Izagirre, Luis León Sánchez, Omar Fraile and Alex Aranburu.
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