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Cycling: Jumbo Visma dominate La Vuelta

La Vuelta Espana enters the second week of racing and team Jumbo Visma will take some stopping after dominating the opening exchanges.

The general classification and the battle to hold the red jersey in Madrid has been all over the place in the opening week, but should start to look more familiar now the first rest day is out of the way.

Now the big question is, can anyone stop Jumbo Visma? The Dutch team have three riders in the top 10 and will be looking to kick on in the second week.

Jumbo the team to beat

Heading into La Vuelta Espana, the third and final grand tour of the season, it was being billed as a battle between Jumbo Visma and Remco Evenepoel of Soudal Quickstep.

Jumbo Visma always looked to have the strongest team on paper, with both Jonas Vingegaard and Primoz Roglic in contention to win.

As predicted Jumbo Visma have taken the race by the scruff of the neck, but no-one would have been expecting Sepp Kuss to be holding the red jersey after the first week.

The super domestique has a stage win to his name and leads the general classification, 43 seconds ahead of Marc Soler of UAE Team Emirates.

Kuss is not expected to win La Vuelta however. As the race hots up he will be expected to ride in support of Roglic and Vingegaard and that will take it’s toll on the American, who has already completed the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France this year.

Kuss can be backed at 7.50 to win La Vuelta, but it is either one of team-mates Roglic (2.62) and Vingegaard (2.75) who are the most likely to come out on top.

Roglic is 2 minutes 29 seconds behind Kuss, and just four seconds ahead of Vingegaard.

Evenepoel in the mix

Evenepoel knows how to win La Vuelta having taken out the 2022 edition, but this year the competition is even more fierce.

The Belgium star is 2 minutes 22 seconds behind Kuss, but Roglic and Vingegaard breathing down his neck will be more of a concern.

Remco will need to ride a very strong individual time trial and also have the support of his team if he is to win La Vuelta. He can be backed at 4.33 to do just that.

UAE also a threat

UAE Team Emirates also have three riders in the top 10, with Soler second on the GC.

However he is priced at 51.00 to win La Vuelta, and his team-mates Juan Ayuso and Joao Alemeida remain the biggest threats.

Both are within touching distance of their main rivals with Ayuso seen as the biggest chance at 11.00. Almeida is priced at 34.00.

Enric Mas of Team Movistar is also a rider that cannot be completely dismissed, although a place in the top three is probably the best he can hope for.

Mas is on the same time as Vingegaard and can be backed at 26.00 to win La Vuelta.

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