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Ones to watch
JUAN JOSE COBO ACEBO
Last year's winner may have to play second fiddle to his returning team leader, Alejandro Valverde, who is himself a former winner of this race. Cobo's victory last year was somewhat of a surprise, and it remains to be seen whether he can replicate his form.
British fans clutching at straws over time bonuses and imaginary doping infrigments couldn't change the fact that he "only" finished runner-up last year. If he brings his Tour form with him, he'll be the favorite for victory, but he's likely to have tired legs.
He's back! Well, technically he was back in the Eneco Tour, but this is the first race he's likely to try to win. Can he do it? We wouldn't put it past him. Saxo Bank's season basically depends on Contador giving them something to celebrate here. A heavy weight on his shoulders.
Sure, why not? He's won here with such brilliance in the past that it's hard not to think of him as having a slim chance, especially given how he's failed to impress in the Tour in the past only to turn up with spectacular form. Wonder if he's still got grand tour gumption?