Vuelta 2014: Favourites

Vuelta candidate Alberto ContadorAt the age of 41, Chris Horner´s victory in the 2013 Vuelta came totally unexpected. Horner was not able to defend his title in 2014, which would have been a hell of a job anyway, since there was formidable competition by the likes of Chris Froome, Nairo Quintana and Alberto Contador. (Slideshow route/profile)

Read about the overall contenders contenders and click links in underneath scheme for favourites per stage. Obviously, all these articles were written before the start of the race.

Vuelta 2014: Favourites per stage

Nr Date Favourites Length Type
1 Sa 23-8 Vuelta 2014 Favourites stage 1 Orica GreenEdge or Omega Pharma? 12.6 km TTT
2 Su 24-8 Vuelta 2014 Favourites stage 2 Perfect day for sprinters 174,4 km flat
3 Mo 25-8 Vuelta 2014 Favourites stage 3 Sprinters with punch 189,8 km hilly
4 Tu 26-8 Vuelta 2014 Favourites stage 4 Sagan and Degenkolb territory 173.4 km hilly
5 We 27-8 Vuelta 2014 Favourites stage 5 Bouhanni vs Degenkolb/Sagan combination 180.0 km flat
6 Th 28-8 Vuelta 2014 Favourites stage 6 Climbers… on your mark, get set, go! 167.1 km mountains
7 Fr 29-8 Vuelta 2014 Favourites stage 7 Up to the puncheurs 169.0 km hilly
8 Sa 30-8 Vuelta 2014 Favourites stage 8 A sprinter’s dream 207.0 km flat
9 Su 31-8 Vuelta 2014 Favourites stage 9 Break away boys or GC battle?  185.0 km mountains
Mo 1-9 rest day
10 Tu 2-9 Vuelta 2014 Favourites stage 10 Is it Tony Martin-time, Spartacus? 36.2 km ITT
11 We 3-9 Vuelta 2014 Favourites stage 11 Break away with strong climbers to succeed 153.4 km mountains
12 Th 4-9 Vuelta 2014 Favourites stage 12 Back to the fast men 165.4 km flat
13 Fr 5-9 Vuelta 2014 Favourites stage 13 Wanted: escapee with puncheur’s legs 188.7 km hilly
14 Sa 6-9 Vuelta 2014 Favourites stage 14 Climbers par excellence 200.8 km mountains
15 Su 7-9 Vuelta 2014 Favourites stage 15 ‘Especial’ finish requires special climbers 152.2 km mountains
16 Mo 8-9 Vuelta 2014 Favourites stage 16 El Pistolero to detonate the fireworks? 160.5 km mountains
Tu 9-9 rest day
17 We 10-9 Vuelta 2014 Favourites stage 17 Sprinter’s last chance, or escapees 190.7 km flat
18 Th 11-9 Vuelta 2014 Favourites stage 18 Break away day! 161.0 km hilly
19 Fr 12-9 Vuelta 2014 Favourites stage 19 Escape to victory 180.5 km mountains
20 Sa 13-9 Vuelta 2014 Favourites stage 20 Climber’s alert 185.7 km mountains
21 Su 14-9 Vuelta 2014 Favourites stage 21 GC men to battle it out in short ITT 9.7 km ITT

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