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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 EST
Ivan Basso is leading Cannondale into the Vuelta, but the final week's steep climbs may prove too much for the two-time Giro d'Italia champion. Photo: Graham Watson | www.grahamwatson.com

Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff)

Age: 27
Vuelta history: Three starts
Strengths: A solid all-rounder, and perhaps the best time trialist behind Nibali.
Why he can win: Unshackled with Contador giving the Vuelta a miss, Kreuziger can ride his own race (though it looked like he did the same at the Tour as well). A solid Saxo-Tinkoff team will be at his beck and call as well.
Where he can lose: He’s been riding strong since March, and he might be using the Vuelta to carry form into the worlds.

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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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