Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff)
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.