Wiggins looks a strong contender for La Vuelta 2014
|Wiggins (centre) will ride the 2014 Vuelta|
After today´s announcement that Bradley Wiggins won´t be riding the TdF, the race just became even that more exciting. It looks like Wiggins will lead a strong Sky team and he will be fresh. He came 3rd back in 2011 with none other than Chris Froome in second. Wiggins had already said that he would definitely ride and it looks certain with today´s news.
|Horner wins the Granada stage 2013|
2009 winner Alejandro Valverde will most likely be leading the Spanish Movistar team. He really is a class act. Valverde may be supported by by the diminutive Colombian climber Nairo Quintana, who finished second in last year´s Tour de France and this week just won the Giro. He's quickly established himself as possibly the best pure climber in the world.
|Horner takes the red jersey|
Another star rider and Spanish favourite is Joaquin "Purito" Rodriguez. He had hoped to try and win the Giro d'Italia this year, but a crash during the first week saw him withdraw from the race with broken ribs and thumb. It looks very likely that La Vuelta will now be his target for 2014.
Ireland's Dan Martin and Nicholas Roche are both stage winners at La Vuelta and they seem to enjoy the hilly terrain the race offers. Two real classy riders who both have a great chance of a high GC position. (They also happen to be cousins).
|Nicholas Roche in the red jersey (2013) and Geoff of Cycling Country|
It should make for quite a battle.
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