Inside the Skil-Shimano lead-out train

Twelve stages of the Vuelta a España down now, nine to go. We've gone from the hot barren south of Spain to the fresher and overcast northwest. I've heard people say the mountains are yet to start but I hope that is exaggerated as honestly, I haven't seen much flat at all so far in this Vuelta.

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A professional since 2005, Koen de Kort is a mainstay of the Skil-Shimano squad. A veteran of the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France, the Dutchman makes his Vuelta a España debut this year, and recounts the experience for Cyclingnews. Putting in the hard miles at the front leading out Marcel Kittel and infiltrating breakaways, de Kort and the distinctive Skil-Shimano colours will be prominent in Spain.