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
Carlos Betancur lit up the Ardennes classics and will hope to do the same in Spain. Photo: Graham Watson |

Sergio Henao (Sky)

Age: 25
Vuelta history: 14th in debut last year
Strengths: An improving rider in all areas, Henao can climb with the best on a good day, and his time trialing is improving. Sky is backing him as its top GC option, so he will all the support that comes with the team’s deep reservoir of talent and resources.
Why he can win: He will be able to chase the time bonuses, and perhaps lay a trap for some of the top favorites in some unpredictable terrain. The final week, with Cabarga and Anglirú, are ideal for a late-race raid.
Where he can lose: He’s never ridden to win before in three grand tour starts, so he’ll be unproven until he reaches Madrid. Any crack could quickly turn into gaping losses.

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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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