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