I think it's still too early to write him off of the Vuelta. I have a firm belief that he will come through with a grand tour win in the coming years. Maybe I'm just a sucker or naive but for whatever reason, I still think he is capable.zapata said:He won on the Zoncolan, and he won the very different stage to Bilbao. A good year, all in all. GC-wise he did nothing, and I know every spaniard wants to be a stage racer, but maybe he'd better focus on stages and one day races? Like Rodriguez, really..