A.Gomez Marchante vs A.Gomez Marchante by AlQahira
Vuelta a Espana 2014 will get underway for the 5th year on a row with a team time trial in the scorching heat of southern Andalusia. Vuelta 2014 seems more glamorous than ever with names like Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana, Contador, Purito Rodriguez, Valverde fighting for the laurel wreath in the last "Grand Tour" of the season. Today, fighting for the stage victory in Jerez de la Frontera should be Trek, Movistar, Sky, Omega Pharma Quick Step and BMC. OPQS has the best time trialler in the world, Tony Martin in it's squad, but the rest of the team is not that strong; of course Uran, Brambilla and Poels have impressed in the Il Giro time trial but that TT was a climbing TT, this one here is for the real specialists of the discipline. Movistar always perform in this kind of races eventhough they don't have that many TT apart from Malori and Castroviejo. Sky has Froome helped by the two strong belarussians Siutsou and Kiryienka, plus Cataldo, Rowe and Knees; they should clinch a podium spot today, but nothing more. BMC is another team that excells in TTTs, but they don't have here many TTs. Only Rohan Dennis, a world class time trialler, also with Gilbert, Sanchez, Evans, Warbasse, they are strong but not that strong.
The strongest team today should be Trek Factory Racing; the american team has in its ranks Fabian Cancellara, still one of the best in the world in this discipline eventhough he concentrates more on the WC and the spring classics. Jesse Sargent and Kristof Vandewalle are also very strong TTs, the same can be said for Bob Jungels and Yaroslav Popovich. Cancellara, Vandewalle and Sargent are in very good form at the momentthey won races in the last couple on months, and they will provide Trek with the big engines required to win this kind of stage and they should put their team on top.
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|Trek to win Stage 1||BetVictor||3.25||8||Movistar LOST (-8 units)|
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