My trip to the Tour of Missouri has been canceled and the Vuelta starts tomorrow, so it now is time to focus our attention there. (I do not know how to type a tilde “n” on my computer so I guess I’ll have to misspell “Espana” for the next three weeks.) Here is the list of starters.

CSC is racing a very strong team, but my early pick for the overall GC is Cadel Evans. He might still be tired but he looked incredibly strong in le Tour and he had excellent form. Chris Horner probably still has something to prove because he still has not signed a new contract that I have heard about.

The format includes three mountain top finishes in the first ten days. It will be interesting to see how that influences the various teams tactics. One thing seems certain: we will not have to wait for the third week to seem some exciting, aggressive racing. Now if they can just throw in some roads like we saw in the Eneco Tour this could be the best race of the year.