Vuelta 2011: Top Ten Contenders for Victory in Madrid

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Vuelta 2011: Top Ten Contenders for Victory in Madrid

This Saturday will see the 66th edition of the final Grand Tour of the year. This year's Vuelta promises much excitement with six mountain top finishes. With just one individual time trial, it is the climbers who will look to get to the finish in Madrid with the leader's red jersey on their shoulders.

The climbs are spread throughout the race, with the first coming early on with stage four's 25 kilometre climb to Sierra Nevada. Then in the second week four mountain-top finishes should shape the leader-board with stages 9, 11, 14 and 15 all climbs to the top. It is stage 15 up the Angliru which could provide us with a winner. The climb is mercilessly steep, averaging over 10% and reaching over 20% in parts. The race could explode on this road, and whoever reaches the top first should be near the podium come the finish in Madrid.

Here we look at the top ten contenders who will be hoping to stand atop the podium in Madrid after 3,300 km of tough racing.

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