ericthesportsman6 said:This is what is great about the Vuelta this year, it's going to be extremly unpredictable, unlike the tour. With all the climbing and only about 30 km of TT, I doubt Kloden or Evans will win. Watch for a youngster like Gesink. Sammy Sanchez might have a good chance as well.
Aguirre said:funny nobody said Valverde. He will win, no official body would stop riding him the Vuelta. This will be his first Big Tour
badboyberty said: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.
auscyclefan94 said: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.
movingtarget said:This will be Valverde's best chance to win a three week tour. No Menchov or Contador and some of the other top rivals not expected to complete the race. He has not got the class and time trialling ability to beat the best in the Tour De France and he always seems to have one bad day in the mountains. He will be psyched as will Sanchez for different reasons. With Evans current frame of mind he will probably just use the race as training for the world title unless he finds form and is in a good position in the second week.
I expect Sanchez and Valverde to fight it out as the fresh riders with Gesink as the big improver and Fulsgang seems to have a bright future ahead of him Evans could do anything, you can never tell with him anymore. I would love to see him complete the race and win it but like most others I have my doubts. Time trials will decide it.
Timmy-loves-Rabo said:i disagree big time, out of all 3 GTS the vuelta's time trials will have the least effect on the overall.