10 riders to watch at the 2021 Vuelta a España

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The Vuelta a España’s position on the calendar makes it the least predictable of the Grand Tours. While the form line ahead of the Tour de France is usually relatively clear, the lie of the land tends to be more muddled ahead of the Vuelta, where the disparate list of contenders approach the race from a variety of angles.

Men like Richard Carapaz, Guillaume Martin and Enric Mas have scarcely had a respite since completing the Tour, while Egan Bernal and Aleksandr Vlasov have been waiting in the wings since the Giro d’Italia in May and Adam Yates has been spared the rigours of Grand Tour racing altogether thus far in 2021.

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