Five things to look out for at the Vuelta a España

Will Alberto Contador fare better than he did at the Tour de France, and how will Simon Yates?

Five Things To Look Out For At The Vuelta A España

Alberto Contador and Chris Froome on the final podium of the 2015 Tour of Andalucia Ruta Del Sol

The third and final Grand Tour kicks off this weekend, and as there are each and every year, the Vuelta a Espa a1 has plenty of sub-plots to monitor throughout the three weeks. The three best stage racers in the world are all competing for general classification honours, while two of Britain s brightest climbing talents have their sights set high.

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Featuring 10 summit finishes, the race is not one for sprinters, but the few fast men who are present have an opportunity to take an otherwise unlikely Grand Tour victory.

The GC battle we didn t get at the Tour de France?

Five Things To Look Out For At The Vuelta A España

Alberto Contador and Chris Froome in action during Stage 7 of the 2016 Dauphine Libere

That is the hope. Last year s Vuelta a Espa a was a thrilling battle right to the end when Fabio Aru (Astana) disposed Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) of the lead3 on the penultimate day. This time round the men targeting the red jersey are three-times champion Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), treble Tour winner Chris Froome4 (Sky) and Movistar s Nairo Quintana5. Esteban Chaves6 (Orica-BikeExchange) and Steven Kruijswijk (Lotto-NLJumbo) could also threaten.

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The focus will undoubtedly be on Contador who withdrew from the Tour on stage nine and has specifically prepared for the race, winning the Vuelta a Burgos.

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