Eight Predictions for the Vuelta Espana

The Grand Tours keep coming. I can’t remember a season where the gap between the Giro and the Vuelta felt so quick. The Vuelta holds no surprises. The route is spiky and comes to a head in the final week. The field is packed with a mixture of big name GC riders seeking redemption and we’ve even got a top tier sprinter! Here are eight predictions…

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Before Peter Sagan won in Richmond, three of the previous six World Champions had signed out with a Road Race win before joining new teams; Cadel Evans moved from Lotto to BMC, Mark Cavendish went to Sky and Rui Costa switched from Movistar to Lampre. This was entirely coincidental. After all, transfers are decided long before the Championships and riders don’t even compete for their teams on the day. Nevertheless, following his second World title, Peter Sagan is set to join this club of rainbow hoppers and his destination has a raised a few eyebrows; Bora.

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