By Antonio J. Salmerón
Santos González will lead the 3 Molinos Resort-Murcia Turística team in the Vuelta a Asturias. The Spaniard will be joined by Mikel Artetxe (ex-Euskaltel-Euskadi), Jan Hruska, Jesús del Nero, Jorge Ferrío, Rafael Casero, Alberto Benito and Toni Tauler, with Roberto Torres as team director.
The race will be run over five stages. The first, over 176.4 kilometres, starts in Oviedo and finishes in Avilés. Stage 2 starts in the Cafés Toscaf factory, in Pravia, and will finish on the top of Acebo after 180 kilometres. The third stage is between Cangas de Narcea and Gijón, and is 174 kilometres long. The fourth stage starts in Gijón and finishes in Llanes, over 154 kilometres, and the fifth and final stage is between Llanes and Oviedo, over 184 kilometres.
The teams taking part are: Andalucía Paul Versan, Euskaltel, T-Mobile, Comunidad Valenciana, Unibet.com, Selle Italia, 3 Molinos Resort, Spiuk Extremadura, Acqua e Sapone, Barloworld, Relax-Gam, Chocolate Jacques, Kaiku, Orbea, Massi, Grupo Nicolás Mateos, Viña Magna, Ceramica Panaria and the Spanish national team.