With almost two weeks of the Vuelta completed the overall General Classification is starting to take shape. The winner of this year’s race is going to come from a select group of the four strongest riders in the race and everyone else looks to be competing for a top ten finish. However the everything up to now has been about getting in a good position for the next three days as they will be pivotal in deciding who will where the Red Jersey into Madrid.
After getting up to speed with what has happened so far let’s look ahead to the next four days that take the Vuelta up to the high mountains. Fitting in with the first week of racing there are a variety of stages to look forward to, each providing a different type of rider with the chance for victory. With the real focus for the GC riders, and their teams, coming at the end of the week the race may allow a breakaway a chance at success.
With the Vuelta taking a siesta after an engaging first week or so the main names of the general classification seem to have risen to the top of the order, the sprints have been dominated by one man and we even saw a successful breakaway early on in the week. The stage has been set for a thoroughly exciting conclusion to the year’s final Grand Tour, but who should you keep your eye on between now and rest day number two?
But only when it comes to public relations. This morning people throughout the world of cycling, and indeed sport in general, people are waking up to news that one of the greatest sportsmen of this generation has given up his fight against the USADA, but not the news that he has admitted to taking drugs nor the news that he is a confirmed drug cheat; I feel that there is a very important difference. Why?