Stijn Devolder (Discovery Channel) who earlier this week won the final classification at the Tour of Austria has aspirations to win the Vuelta a España later this season. "In the Vuelta, I want to be in top spot," he told SportWereld.
The Belgian decided to ride the Tour of Austria and avoid the Tour de France this year, as he didn't want to ride in a support role for the team, preferring instead to be top dog for the Vuelta in September.
"It was a hard tour, with the tough climbs and the time trial," he said of the Tour of Austria. "It was really beautiful to win such a tour."
"Of the GC riders, I was the best time trialist and in the mountains I was able to stay with the best," he continued. "This tour is comparable with the Tour de Suisse, only this time it wasn't a ProTour event."I have even more confidence now for the Vuelta, where I want to be in top condition. I want to finish on the podium in Spain."