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What we know almost halfway through the Vuelta

Nothing is decided

The only thing that’s clear after nine days of racing is that nothing is decided. Four riders are all stacked up within just over one minute of each other and all four have capacities to win. Wednesday’s time trial and Monday’s climbing stage up Cuitu Negro will make everything a lot clearer. And there is still another handful of riders that could attack from afar to surprise the leading four.

Rabobank has three riders in the top 10 and any one of them – Robert Gesink, Bauke Mollema or Laurens ten Dams – could spring a surprise if the Dutch team rides with some creative tactics. Riders such as Igor Antón (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Roche could still be within a shot of the podium if they have great time trials and ride outside of themselves in Asturias. The favorites are still Froome and Contador, but this Vuelta is on a slow boil.