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What we know almost halfway through the Vuelta

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published Aug. 27, 2012
Chris Froome faded over the weekend, but is still in with a shot at topping his runner-up 2011 Vuelta. Photo: Graham Watson | www.grahamwatson.com

Froome is fading

Although he is still in second place, Froome is sliding backwards, at least against Rodríguez, to whom he has given up 52 seconds since the end of stage 4. After peaking for top form in the Tour and Olympics, Froome himself is wondering if he will have the staying power to answer all the attacks that are sure to come next weekend.

Contador’s top fear is Froome and so far, his attacks have been directed at the Kenyan-born Sky leader. After looking strong out of the gates, Froome has faltered, both in the final kilometer of Saturday’s stage and again Sunday over Montjuic, when he was dangerously close to losing contact with the front group and ceding yet more time. Froome needs to hit it out of the ballpark in Wednesday’s time trial if he hopes to do as he wished when he started this Vuelta, which is to improve on last year’s second-place ride.

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Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood cut his journalistic teeth at Colorado dailies before the web boom opened the door to European cycling in the mid-1990s. Hood has covered every Tour de France since 1996 and has been VeloNews' European correspondent since 2002.

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