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2011 Giro della Toscana champion Dan Martin (Garmin-Cervelo)
Climber and sprinter with different race plans
Both riders have totally different rider characteristics: Martin is a pure climber while Farrar is a sprint specialist. Although the course favours the American he has been out of action since the first week of the Vuelta and spent several days at home coughing up blood after abandoning the race due to a heavy crash.
Martin on the other hand enjoyed a fine Vuelta, winning a stage and competing in the GC. Unlike Farrar who will wait until the sprint, Martin told Cyclingnews before the race that he would aim for a break.