The Peloton Brief has selected some of their favourite dark horses, daring domestiques and chance challengers in La Vuelta. These riders are some of the most charismatic, friendly and engaging we know and for sure we think they all rock (and roll.)
How do I take part?
Join us on twitter @1ookmumnohands. Use the hashtag #riderresults to tweet your prediction of where you think our rider will place in the stage. Cut off point is 5K to go. Closet predictions wins! Judges decision is final.
What can I win?
Who know? Keep an eye out for the daily prize announcement to see what's up for grabs.
Our rider list (subject to change, and in no particular order) below:
This guy has a pretty good record at Grand Tours, and he's got a good record as an awesome guy. The Bora-Hansgrohe rider will be racing in support of Sagan and Majka, but watch out if he makes it into a breakaway!
Dimension Data's sprinter du jour for this race, Gibbons won't often be out of top 10s when he sets his mind to it on the fast finishing days. The young South African could be up for a surprise here or there.
BECAUSE WE BLOODY LOVE WOODSY OK? really, who doesn't? After an amazing result at Liege this year, (2nd) expect to see Mike off the front in his attacking style on some of those punchy uphill finishes.
The current Australian champ will be racing in support of the Yates' GC aspirations. One of an equally talented pair of siblings, the Adelaide rider will most definitely be seen on the front of the pack, controlling the race.
Laurens De Plus
Back from a major injury/accident this year, Laurens will be hungry to race. Although he is leaving Quickstep at the end of the season, his dedication of course, will not be questions. He'll have fresher legs than many at this point in the season.
Tao Geoghegan Hart
Riding his first grand tour (who doesn't love a debutant?!) Tao will have fairly more room than most sky riders do at Grandies. The Team Sky roster for the race leaves more flexibility, and expect to see aggresive racing from our young East Londoner.
Ok ok we know Simon is like, on every one of our favourite rider line ups, but how could we ever leave him out? He's just a bloody star ok? And that beard is ace and all that too- he's changing teams next season as well, so who knows, maybe everything could get a little bit crazy this race?
Without any question, Kiel has already won the award for the most gnarly mullet in the pro peloton. Is gnarly a good or bad thing? We aren't totally sure. Another fast man in our line up, Kiel will be rolling through spain after a long stint in America.
Good luck to all the riders in the La Vuelta!
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