Having ridden the Tour of California and Vuelta Mexico Telmex, Rock Racing's Quique Gutiérrez is looking forward to the team's European campaign. The American team will start the Vuelta a Castilla y León on Monday.
Gutiérrez finished tenth in Mexico. "I am really looking forward to the race in Spain, as I am on good form. I go with high expectations and want to fight for the overall victory," he said.
The former Spanish time trial champion has already made out where the race can be won. "The key will be the time trial on the second day." Gutiérrez has worked on his TT position and is confident he can deliver a good result.
He doesn't known the mountain stages, but it doesn't bother him. "The climbs aren't that hard and in the mountains in Mexico I felt really great."
Gutiérrez said his role in the team, "will be decided after the time trial. We have a good team with [Oscar] Sevilla and [David] Vitoria, although we don't know how [Francisco] Mancebo is after his crash."
There was another reason why Gutiérrez can't wait to get to the front of the peloton on Monday. "Finally we are being televised and the fans can follow us!"