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 (Cannondale)
Age: 35 Vuelta history: Just once, 4th in 2010 Strengths: An aging warrior who still rides on pride. Why he can win: Basso will be out to prove he’s not washed up, so that might spur him to dig deeper than some of this wearier rivals. Where he can lose: In the final week, Basso’s engine will keep burning diesel when high-octane is needed to survive the Angliru.
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.