Rigo has been out of problems this frst week, something not very ussual along his career, and he has a strong team doing a big job everyday. He is in good shape, and he has been second in Giro and Tour.
The ITT is good for him, he is not good in short ITT at the begining of a race, he didnt took risk at the first ITT so he did a bad one, but anyway he has been strong in the rest of the Vuelta so far, although he is a man for third week.
This Vuelta The key stages are the ITT and Andorra last stage, and Rigo could be very strong in both of them, but of course every day is important.
I hope he recover the attack of his first years, but I am afraid he will be quite conservative as he was n the Tour, when he could have won it if he attack in Peyragudes stage after SKy crash...he just did a semi attack in a descent in all the Tour...Of course it could be the best estrategy to get the best result, but that way is almost impossible to win and cycling fans demand other kind of cycling.
He say he dont have the explosivity if the young people, we knows that is quite unefective to do a expectacular Giro as Yates if you dont have the lesgs at the end of the race, but people remember his Giro and all his performances.
But anyway now Rigo is after Quintana thee main favourite of this Vuelta. Both of them are among the best riders for 3 weaks. Quintana of course has won already the Vuelta to Froome and Contador, and he look now at that level. But Rigo could do a better ITT.