Tour of Spain 2013: Latest Odds and Favourites for Stage 11

Christopher Atkins@@chris_elasticoContributor ISeptember 4, 2013

MONTROSE, CO - AUGUST 21:  (L-R) Teammates Vincenzo Nibali of Italy, Ivan Basso of Italy and Valerio Agnoli of Italy all riding for Liquigas-Cannondale prepare for the start of stage two of the USA Pro Challenge from Montrose to Crested Butte on August 21, 2012 in Montrose, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Vuelta a Espana recommences on Wednesday with Stage 11 of the tour, a 38 km individual time-trial in Tarazona.

The route will take riders through a national park, and, with a steady, technically challenging, category three climb en-route, the climbers should be able to compete with the time-trial specialists.

Weather conditions are expected to be good on the day, with low wind speeds, which is nothing for the riders to worry about.

The Favourites

Tony Martin (4-6)

German time-trial specialist Tony Martin is the heavy favourite to take the stage win on the day, having been successful in the format in previous editions of the Vuelta, Tour de France and Paris-Nice. He is also a former world champion in the discipline.

The gradients of the time trial will make it more difficult for him, allowing some of the climbers to come into contention, but Martin should have more than enough in the tank to secure victory.

He will expect, if all goes to plan, to win by a comfortable margin.

Fabian Cancellara (7-2)

Another impressive time trialist, Fabian Cancellara will be hopeful of pushing Martin all the way in Tarazona, having helped his Leopard Trek team to second place in the opening team time-trial.

Cancellara has a good record in the Vuelta, winning two team time-trials and two individual time-trials in previous years. The last of his individual successes coming in 2009.

The 32-year-old Swiss rider is in good form, having won both the 2013 Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders. If Martin should slip up, he will be ready to pounce.

Tanel Kangert (15-2)

Estonian climber Tanel Kangert is seen as an outside bet for the stage, having helped his Astana team to time-trial success in Stage 1.

With a good background in time-trialling, combined with his expertise on the climbs, this stage could suit Kangert more than most of his rivals.

Despite his success in the team event, though, it would be a major shock if he were to surprise Martin and Cancellara on the day.

Vincenzo Nibali (9-1)

Another of those who will be hoping to benefit from the climb on the stage is Nibali, who could even make up the 43 seconds to overall classification leader Chris Horner if he has a good day.

Nibali has often performed well in time-trials, winning a mountainous trial on this year's Giro d'Italia, as well as setting up his 2010 Vuelta win with good time-trial showings.

If all goes according to the form book, Nibali should place in the top few riders and potentially propel himself to the summit of the overall standings—with Horner not expected to perform well.

*All odds taken from Paddy Power.