Spanish Stew: How the Vuelta a Espana GC contenders stack up

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published Aug. 22, 2013
  • Updated Oct. 30, 2014 at 5:29 PM EDT
Bauke Mollema captured Dutch imaginations when he flirted with the Tour podium, and will hope to improve on his fourth overall at the 2011 Vuelta. Photo: Graham Watson |

Chris Horner (RadioShack-Leopard)

Age: 41
Vuelta history: Two starts and one withdrawal
Strengths: One of the cagiest riders in the peloton, Horner knows well how to measure his efforts and exploit openings by forcing the tactical hand.
Why he can win: Why not? Horner has defied the odds throughout his career; who says he cannot become a grand tour winner at 41? No one will be watching him, and he will have zero pressure, outside of his undetermined 2014 contract situation. He can ride as far as his legs will take him.
Where he can lose: When his tank runs empty. Horner is way behind the others in terms of race days in 2013. After recovering from his knee injury, it’s hard to imagine he would have the legs to challenge for three full weeks.

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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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