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After coming 8th in this year's Tour de France, Haimar Zubeldia will lead the Trek team for another three-week race. Julián Arredondo could work for Zubeldia, or be given protected status himself, but a more likely outcome would be for the Colombian to again target the mountains classification. The 26 year-old showed himself to be a willing attacker and a strong climber on his way to taking the King of the Mountains title at this year's Giro d'Italia.

If Arredondo is left to go for mountain points, Zubeldia looks set to be a bit short on mountain support. The 34 year-old Yaroslav Popovych should be his biggest asset as, from the 17 Grand Tours in which the Ukrainian has ridden, he has seen 6 top-ten finishes. Fabio Felline will also offer some help on the lower slopes and on hillier days, but the rest of the team is designed more for help on flatter routes.

Kristof Vandewalle and Jesse Sergent are the team's main rouleurs, but there will be a bit more interest on the promising Bob Jungels and Jasper Stuyven. The two 21 year-olds will be making their debuts in a three-week race and both will be eager to take opportunities to get up the road and contend for breakaway wins.

Realistically, the team's best chance of glory will come from Fabian Cancellara on the stage 10 time trial. Cancellara's main purpose for being in the race is to look at that stage as a warm-up for the upcoming World Championships, meaning he is likely to drop out of the Vuelta before its mountainous conclusion. This will be the 17th three-week race that 'Spartacus' will have started, although he has failed to finish more than half of those, including all of the last four.



Key Rider: Haimar Zubeldia - (Spain)

At 37 years of age, Haimar Zubeldia is a veteran stage race with 23 Grand Tours under his belt. He has achieved a decent level of consistency throughout his career and, while he has won very little, he has earned many high placings. He has seven top-ten finishes in Grand Tours (5 in the Tour and 2 in the Vuelta) which have been spread over a 15 year period.

Despite his sustained performances, Zubeldia has seldom been given a team leadership role. He was afforded the luxury for a few seasons at Euskaltel but has been a domestique for most of his career. Zubeldia's recently improved results have coincided with a drop in performance for the Schleck brothers and, while it has been an unfortunate turn of events for the Luxembourg pair, the opportunity given to Zubeldia has made many wonder if he could have achieved more in his career had he been given more support.

Update: Julián Arredondo was forced to abandon after suffering from fatigue on stage 15.
Update: Haimar Zubeldia did not start stage 17 after suffering from bronchitis.
Update: Fabian Cancellara did not start stage 18 in order to prepare for the World Championships.
Update: Bob Jungels did not start stage 19 after suffering from saddle sores.



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Julián Arredondo - (Colombia)

Fabian Cancellara - (Switzerland)

Fabio Felline - (Italy)

Bob Jungels - (Luxembourg)

Yaroslav Popovych - (Ukraine)

Jesse Sergent - (New Zealand)

Jasper Stuyven - (Belgium)

Kristof Vandewalle - (Belgium)

Haimar Zubeldia - (Spain)


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