On Saturday 23 August, 2014 69th Edition of the Vuelta Ciclista a España began. The sprinters will take part in this Tour of Spain? What are the big favourites for the victory in the bunch sprints?
History: privateer rider in the Vuelta
Unlike the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France, the Vuelta Ciclista a España is usually not a round where the sprinters get an awful lot of opportunities for stage wins. Many Vuelta rides are still a number of climbs of many “pure sprinters ‘ a bit too hard. In the ranking of the most successful attractions hijackers of Vueltaen there are also many cyclists who could sprint well, but could also climb reasonably well.
Delio Rodríguez Barros
The most successful privateer rider in the history of the Vuelta Ciclista a España, Spaniard Delio Rodríguez Barros. He was born in 1916 and died in 1994. He was a great driver, but he is much less known outside Spain than at home. This is partly due to the fact that he is not very headed off the Iberian Peninsula. Furthermore, this is because it had its heyday during World War II, when it was obviously not very international participants were at the beginning of the Spanish cycling competitions.
Rodriguez won a record 33 stages in the Vuelta, including many sprints, but also the mountain stages and time trials. In 1941 he won the Vuelta a whopping 12 rides. In 1945 he succeeded to six stage wins, including winning the overall classification of the Vuelta.
Other rides hijacker from Vuelta history
Number two on the list of riders with the most WINS in the Vuelta rider Alessandro Petacchi. The Italian, who in 2014 for Omega Pharma-Quickstep ride, won his 20th career Vuelta rides.
The shared third spot on the list of privateer rider in the Vuelta for Laurent Jalabert and Rik van Looy. They won 18 Vuelta rides. Best Dutch privateer rider in the Vuelta history Gerben Karstens, who is in sixth place on the international list of “most stage wins in the Vuelta.” He won 15 Vuelta rides.
In seventh place on the list is the Belgian Freddy Maertens. Remarkably, Maertens went only once to start in the Vuelta, but in that round of 1977, he managed to win a record number of as many as 13 rides. Among them there were a lot of sprints, but also the mountain stages and two time trials.Maertens in 1977, also took the overall victory in the Vuelta.
Sprinters in the Tour of Spain 2014
Opportunities for sprinters in the Vuelta 2014
At what stages in the Vuelta 2014 is very likely that it comes to a sprint? In the drive system in the Vuelta in 2014, just five steps officially designated as flat stages, namely riding two, ride, ride, ride 8 5 12 and running 17. In addition, there are also a lot of Hill rides, some of them possibly in a sprint may end up with a large group.
Probably the German John Degenkolb in the Vuelta starts in 2014, although this is not yet 100 percent safe. When there are security is over, which will be reported here. Degenkolb is very good sprinter and classical racer. When his team Giant-Shimano sprinter that he is often overshadowed by his good friend and leader Marcel Kittel. During the Tour de France rider Degenkolb examples commonly employed by the Bowl. To Degenkolb but also is of sprinttop, he showed, among other things, in the Vuelta in 2012, when he won a whopping five stage wins.
Slovak Peter Sagan phenomenon will also start in the Vuelta. Officially, he is driving this round particularly in the preparations for the World Cup, but he will certainly try to go for some stage wins. Above all, riding some not very heavy hill riding in the timetable for the Vuelta 2014 seems to have been written on his body.
The Frenchman Nasr Bouhanni will also be in the Vuelta a España 2014 launch. This 24-year-old driver has been one for a time the largest sprint talents around the world. He won in both 2013 and 2014 is a step in the Paris-Nice. His real breakthrough on the international sprinttop but he experienced in the Giro in 2014. He won three stages and the points classification.
The 27-year-old German Ciolek run in 2014 for the tiny South African team MTN Qhubeka. Ciolek was back in 2005, at the age of 18 German Champion in the elite when he defeated in mass sprinter Förster and Zabel. From that moment on, he was internationally regarded as a super sprint talent. Although he gave a pretty good achievement in the coming years, but he usually does not live up to the high expectations many had of him. After years of driving for the best teams, he moved in 2013 to the little MTN Qhubeka.And it is precisely in that spring, he took the most beautiful victory of his career: he won the Milan-San Remo.
The young Dutchman Moreno Hofland is on the start list for the Tour of Spain 2014. Hij won the 2014 include a ride in the Ruta del Sol, a stage in Paris-Nice, Volta Limbur Classic and two stages in the Tour of Utah. Hofland is not a pure sprinter “for the flat arrivals, this rider from Belkin more in his element when the last way is still a little uphill.
Other sprinters in the Vuelta 2014
Among the other drivers that can play a key role in the bunch sprints in the Vuelta includes Hutarovich, Boonen, Matthews and Debusschere.
Absent: Mark Cavendish
Briton Mark Cavendish had been on the preliminary entry list of the Vuelta, but ultimately will not start in this round. Cavendish was for years the best sprinter in the world, the King of the sprints.In 2013, though he must deliver the Crown to the German Marcel Kittel. In 2014, at first, he focused entirely on the Tour, hoping that he can once again Crown international sprint King could come back. In contrast to most previous years, he drives, therefore, in the spring of 2014, no Giro. The full focus must be on Tour. But he was already in the first stage a big crash and was forced to retire. He had suffered a shoulder injury and he needed surgery for this. He hoped to back in top form in time for the Tour of Spain, but it is clearly not succeed.
In the past, Cavendish won 17 stages in the Giro, 25 stages in the Tour de France and four stages in the Vuelta. Now he did not start in the Tour of Spain 2014, 2014 season be the first season since 2007, where Cavendish did not ride in a large round WINS.