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
After winning Amstel Gold Race and riding to fifth overall at the Tour, while supporting Alberto Contador, Roman Kreuziger will have the Saxo leadership at the Vuelta. Photo: Graham Watson |

David Arroyo (Caja Rural)

Age: 33
Vuelta history: 19th in 2006; stage win in 2008
Strengths: A veteran rider who knows the Spanish roads and can read the Vuelta like the back of his hand.
Why he can win: He will be out to prove that his second place in the 2010 Giro was no fluke. He’ll also be keen to stick his nose to the ProTeams that ignored him.
Where he can lose: Caja Rural isn’t the deepest team in the bunch. He might be saving his legs for a big stage win at the expense of fighting to ride into the top five on GC.

« Previous Next »

FILED UNDER: Analysis / Vuelta a España TAGS:

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.

Stay updated on all things VeloNews

Subscribe to the FREE VeloNews newsletter