It'll all be decided on who wants to win the Veulta and who wants to win the Worlds, as both events are supposedly suited to climbers I fear we may see a pretty half arsed Vuelta... but I hope I'm proved wrong.
dont be so sure.
riders like: basso, Valverde, Rodriquez, Gesink, Sanchez, Mosquera will go all out for the vuelta. and them alone are a pretty good line up in my opinion. Riders like schleck, Kruziger, evans, cunego will (i assume) only be there for wc prep.
Evans can climb with guys like Valverde and will time trial better than anyone else in the vuelta. Valverde will have to climb way better than everyone else if he wants ti win and i personally think he won't as he hasn't shown any consistency in any grand tour. Though i don't think he can climb as well as a guy like Igor Anton who has a huge accleration on the climbs.
valverde when on form is a better climber then most, including evans. And in my opinion the vuelta suits him a great deal more then any other GT (especially the tour) only problem has been in the past he spent too much energy at the tour, this year he could come up with teh goods at the vuelta, and will be determined to prove a point. Another thing that benefits him is the length of the ITT, he is quite capable of riding an excellent time trial over those distances.
I'm hoping for a gesink win, but I forsee valverde being hsi biggest obstacle.
I think we will see a select battle in the mountains, and over the course 3 weeks i think it will be consisting of 4 riders... Baso, Valverde, Gesink and Sanchez (my top 4 predicition... with rodriguez closing out the 5)
also.. anyone wonder if conta indeed doesn't ride, that maybe Zubeldia might get a go to lead?