Think they're worse than in Richmond. Valverde isn't as explosive as he was back then. His sprint is worse. The route isn't so hard that pure climbing ability helps very much. It's well possible it gets terrible weather.His chances are as good as they were in Richmond. There are other riders who are bigger favorites and would have been bigger favorites regardless of how la Vuelta played out. Remember he raced for GC in la Vuelta last year and lost the podium on the final week and was fine for the Worlds. This year's Worlds course is somewhere between Richmond and Amstel so is more favorable to riders like Gilbert, Sagan, MvdP, Van Avermaet and other riders like them.