Vuelta 2014: Favourites stage 16 - El Pistolero to detonate the fireworks?

Alberto ContadorSome 60 kilometres climbing today and at the end of the road an uphill finish after a 23 kilometres drain up La Farrapona. Needed? Steel muscles and nerves of steel. Odds are on it's up to the GC men, whilst Alberto Contador will surely attack in this short and tough stage. (Slideshow route/profile)

All mountains are evenly distributed. The climbing starts at 10 kilometre and the other tops are crested at 68, 84, 125 and 158 kilometres. It’s a relatively short stage, often a reliable predictor of explosive racing.

Talking op explosions – with his fierce and attacking style El Pistolero is one to detonate the fireworks. Stronger than predicted, Contador is definitely the rider at the top of his game in La Vuelta 2014. No wins until now a victory would certainly underline his power.

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