We open the Vuelta with a 27.4km team time-trial.
There is a technical section as the riders approach the 1km flag but the main issue could be wind.Winds of 15mph are predicted and coming from almost NNE.This means it’ll be a tail/crosswind for most of the route,expect for the final 2km,where it’s a crosswind and a very tough end to the course.
The Giro had a similar finish,along the sea front,and Tony Martin did an enormous turn for OPQS which almost won them the day.
Orica won that day but don’t have as strong a team at the Vuelta.
TTT experts,Garmin,don’t have a strong team here either.
Recommended bet is RadioShack to win at 13/2.They have a big,strong team with quite a few good time trial riders:Cancellara,Busche,Horner,Popovych and Zubeldia.
OPQS are the justified favourite but hopefully we’ll get a little surprise.
2 points on RadioShack at 13/2
2 points on OPQS at 6/4
- Rodriguez – The Tour and the Vuelta & My Top 10 Picks! (cyclingmole.com)