With the general classification settled in the favour of Albert Contador yesterday, there is little to play for amongst the big guns at this last time trial. The disinterest does not stop there, with the TT specialists of Fabian Cancellara, Bob Jungels and Tony Martin all having left the Vuelta in the name of World Championship preparations, the winner could be a surprise
The Santiago de Compostela time trial is only 9.7km and will be a drag race from start to finish. Though having an aptitude for such an event is a requirement, this does come at the tail-end of a three week Grand Tour, meaning the well conditioned GC contenders are still likely to secure solid times for the win.
With some many specialists now absent as we head into the final stage of this year’s Vuelta, the eye is cast further down the list at those who may fit the required mould. Movistar’s Adriano Malori and BMC’s Rohan Dennis are the most obvious candidates, both excelling at this discipline and appearing in good TT form this year – especially Malori. Chris Froome is the biggest threat to the hopes’ of the afore mentioned duo, he is always able to secure an impressive time at the end of a Grand Tour and is still yet to take a stage win at the Vuelta. Though the length and terrain does not suit him, he may go out all guns blazing in order to secure Sky some stage winning success at last.
1st Froome 2nd Malori 3rd Dennis