A Look at the Sprinters in the 2011 Vuelta a Espana

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08/21/2011| 0 comments
by Thomas A. Valentinsen
Mark Cavendish. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Mark Cavendish. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

A Look at the Sprinters in the 2011 Vuelta a Espana

Roadcycling.com offer our readers a look at the major sprinters who are part of the 2011 Vuelta a Espana peloton.

The 2011 Tour of Spain is said to suit the climbers because of its many mountain top finishes, but the world's best sprinters won't be missing out either and will do anything possible to exploit the opportunities the 2011 Vuelta a Espana route give them - not least in the first week of racing.

The first big battle between the sprinters is expected to take place in the finishing kilometers of today's stage 2 of the Vuelta. The beaches near Orihuela are going to witness the likes of Mark Cavendish, Tyler Farrar and Alessandro Petacchi being challenged by up-and-coming Peter Sagan and Marcel Kittel, while declining sprint champions Tom Boonen and Daniele Bennati will try to bounce back prior to the 2011 World Road Cycling Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark taking place on the 25th of September.

Roadcycling.com offer our readers a look at the major sprinters who are part of the 2011 Vuelta a Espana peloton.

Mark Cavendish, 26 years old, Team HTC-HighRoad, 3 Vuelta stage wins so far:
The five-time stage winner in this year's Tour de France has made the 2011 World Championships his final goal of the season. He'll gear up in the Vuelta where he's previously won three stages and even the green jersey last year. He won the only race he's taken part in since the Tour de France: The Pre-Olympic test event in London just one week before the start of the 2011 Vuelta in Benidorm.

Tyler Farrar, 27, Team Garmin-Cervélo, 3 stage wins it the Vuelta so far:
American Farrar won stage 3 of the 2011 Tour de France in Redon. He's probably the next best sprinter in the world, but statistics prove him and his Garmin-Cervélo team less efficient than Cavendish's HTC-Highroad in the lead outs. Even though Farrar has raced a lot, he remains highly motivated for the final part of the season, including the Vuelta a Espana and the Worlds.

Alessandro Petacchi, 37, Team Lampre, an impressive 20 Vuelta stage wins so far:
While the Italian sprint star managed to beat Cavendish on one occasion in the 2011 Giro d'Italia at the stage 2 finish in Parma, he didn't secure any stage victories in this year's Tour de France. His best results were 2nd in stage 7 and 3rd in stage 15. He pulled out of the Vuelta a Espana last year as a consequence of a bad crash, but won the stage to Orihuela. Because Petacchi will not be part of the Italian National team in the 2011 World Championships in Copenhagen, Denmark, he is forced to focus on the Vuelta as the battleground where he must secure the victories that he is missing on his 2011 palmares list.

Tom Boonen, 30, Team QuickStep, 2 Vuelta stage wins:
His 2011 season is considered a success by Belgian fans because he won Ghent-Wevelgem in March, but the former world champion crowned in Madrid in 2005 is still seeking to return to the performance level of years past after Boonen suffered a crash in 2010. He was forced to pull out of the

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