Discovery Channel’s Stijn Devolder will start the time trial 17th overall, 6.44 behind race leader Alejandro Valverde. He has been climbing strongly and is now hoping for a strong performance in the race against the clock.
“The mountain stages went well, I felt good,” he said prior to the start of stage 13. “These [intermediate] stages are just about making sure there are no gaps, but then we have the time trial, which may be good for me. Last year I was seventh in the final time trial, so I will try to do a top ten again.”
The American team has got five riders in the top twenty, something Devolder feels could be of great benefit tactically in the next few days. Janez Brajkovic is sixth overall, Manuel Beltran 7th, Tom Danielson 16th, Devolder 17th and Egoi Martinez 19th.
“The team is pretty good, with a few guys quite high up. We can certainly do something in the last week.”