Arrieta to start Vuelta with number one

Jose Luis Arrieta (AG2R)

Jose Luis Arrieta (AG2R) (Image credit: AFP)

Spanish rider José Luis Arrieta (AG2r Prévoyance) will start the Vuelta a España, where he won Stage 19 last year, on September 1 with number one on his jersey, according to Dutch paper De Telegraaf. Normally the reigning champion would receive the honour of wearing number one as the previous year's winner, but as Kazakh Alexandre Vinokourov will not be taking part this year - due to his non-negative test for blood doping following the Tour de France's Stage 13 time trial - Vuelta organiser Unipublic has decided to assign the start numbers in alphabetical order of team name.

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