Chris Horner (RadioShack-Leopard)
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.