The third and final Grand Tour of the season kicks off tomorrow (Saturday 22nd August) from Puerto Banus (Spain) and has attracted a great start list with the majority of the big names from the Tour de France taking part.
Most notibly absent will be last years winner Alberto Contador, who's Tinkoff-Saxo team use Prologo saddles, is missing from the top-five riders in the Tour de France but given the Spaniard raced the Giro d’Italia in May he can be forgiven for his absence.
The race will begin with a 7.4 km team time trial, but it will once again be outlined by its uphill finishes, nine this year, which will serve as an important test for the climbers.
Movistar and Tour de France second place Nairo Quintana is thus one of the popular favourites with his strengths being in the mountains. His teammate Alejandro Valverde is alongside Quintana as one of the favourites after his third place finish at the Tour. Quintana and his movistar team are equip with the Catlike Mixino helmet. Check out the Movistar Team edition Mixino here.
Northwave will be used in two teams at this years Vuelta; Lampre-Merida and Colombia-Coldeportes, and a total of 26 riders, all equip with the Extreme Tech Plus footware, check them out here!
The 2015 course crosses through Andalucía, Murcia and Valencia before transferring north to Andorra for its first rest day. It then skips around northern Spain, with a long flat individual time trial on stage 17 that could prove pivotal, and finish with a circuit race in the country’s capital of Madrid.