Vuelta a Burgos

The build-up to the Vuelta Espana is on!

Off the back of the Tour de Pologne the peloton travel to Spain for a 5 stage race.

The race is dominated by Spaniards with Zandio winning in 08,Valverde 09,Sanchez 10,Rodriguez 11 and Moreno 12.The Katusha squad has yet to be confirmed but it is rumoured that Daniel Moreno will not be back to defend his title.

Nairo Quintana,the revelation of the season,will be there and looking for success.Vincenzo Nibali will be racing,but given his lack of form in Poland I doubt he will threaten here.Also in the mix will be Ivan Basso,who performed well in Poland and former winner Samuel Sanchez.

Another interesting rider is Daniel Navarro of Cofidis.He finished 9th at the Tour de France and is not going to ride the Vuelta Espana,this leads me to believe he will be desperate for a big result here.

Movistar not only have Quintana but the talented Benat Intxausti,who finished in the top 10 at the Giro.

Lets take a closer look at the stages.

Vuelta-a-Burgos-Stage-1-1375716866A short stage of only 139km that includes 2 laps of a circuit to finish the stage.Notice the uphill finish.

stage 1 finishThe final kilometre starts with a ramp of 13.5% and another at 12.5% before the final 500metres at 5%.This will suit an explosive climber like Quintana.

Vuelta-a-Burgos-Stage-2-1375716896Stage 2 is a quieter day for the GC riders and should end in a bunch sprint.It’s an uphill finish but the winner should still be a sprinter.It would be perfect for a Meersman but he isn’t riding!

Vuelta-a-Burgos-Stage-3-1375716992Stage 3 is lumpy with 6 cat 3 climbs and another uphill finish.

Vuelta-a-Burgos-Stage-3-1375717007A final kilometre at 6% will be enough to get rid of the sprinters and let the GC boys have a go at each other but I would expect the stage winner to be a strongman rather than a climber.

Vuelta-a-Burgos-Stage-4-1375717018Stage 4 should be another day for the sprinters with a fast downhill finish.

At this stage the overall classification should be very tight with no significant gaps,so the final stage will settle the race.

Vuelta-a-Burgos-Stage-5-1375717035A hard stage with 3 cat 2s,1 cat 1 and a HC climb all in the last 55km!

Vuelta-a-Burgos-Stage-5-1375717053The final 3km is very tough and I would expect the main riders to wait until this point before attacking as they will only require a handful of seconds to win the race.

It should be an interesting race and with the Vuleta Espana only a few weeks away,an interesting look at form.The sprint stages should be fun with a lack of pure sprinters in the race.Watch out for Allan Davis and Leigh Howard of Orica,who will certainly fancy a stage win.








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