Nieve leads the line for Team Sky has Vuelta a Espana returns to the mountains

At the Team Sky bus at the Vuelta a Espana starts Mikel Nieve may not draw in the crowds in such huge numbers as Chris Froome - the rider he’s substituted as team leader for Sky at the race but nonetheless as the Vuelta heads back into the mountains today, his rivals know that they would underestimate Nieve’s climbing talents at their peril.

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