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
Michele Scarponi will look to ride into his second grand tour top five of the year at the Vuelta a España. Photo: Graham Watson |

Daniel Martin (Garmin-Sharp)

Age: 26
Vuelta history: Two starts, with 13th in 2011 and a stage win
Strengths: An improving all-rounder, with solid climbing legs, and improving consistency and resistance over three weeks.
Why he can win: Sporting one of the best finishing kicks, Martin, winner of Liège–Bastogne–Liège, will be able to hunt time bonuses in the mountain stages to put himself in contention for the leader’s jersey.
Where he can lose: The time trial could be his Achilles heel, and even though this year’s TT course favors his style, Martin could bleed too much time to seriously challenge for the win.

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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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