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Spanish Stew: How the Vuelta a Espana GC contenders stack up

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published Aug. 22, 2013
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

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.

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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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