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Los Pantalones Cortos: Vuelta Shorts

The BIG event of the year starts on Saturday, no not the PEZ wedding but La Vuelta a Espaсa. Our man in Spain has put together the latest news you need to know on the best stage race in the world! (Probably).

“Lion King” Yes or No?

It’s still not sure if Super Mario, World Champ, will be at the start in Gijуn. It’s been suggested to his team, Domina Vacance, that if Cipo is not going to start then the invitation to the team will be reviewed. The team has said that he will definitely be going to Canada for the Worlds.

Igor Gonzбlez The Favourite for La Vuelta

The Spanish cycling paper, META2MIL, has asked all the team managers there top three for the race, ONCE’s Igor Gonzбlez de Galdeano came out as the probable winner with 6 votes, second: Roberto Heras with 4 votes and 1 vote each for Oscar Sevilla, Angel Casero and last years winner Aitor Gonzбlez. Surprise suggestions are Klaus Mцller in third place by the Relax manager, Josй Maria Pйrez. Cadel Evans in third by Alvaro Pino of Phonak and Telekom manager Frans Van Looy recons that Paco Mancebo could be in third place.

Vini Caldirola Name Change

The Italian team Vini Caldirola-Saunier Duval has received authorization from the UCI to change the order of the sponsors for the duration of La Vuelta and for all other races in Spain for the rest of the season. The director of the team for the race will be Joxean Fernбndez “Matxin” he is the man who discovered the twice world champ Oscar Freire.

Animation Film Of La Vuelta

Kitaro Kosaka together with Hayao Miyazaki, winner of an Oscar for his animation work, has made a film of the Vuelta. “The summer in Andalucia” is in homage to the race and to the area of Andalucia, it shows the Olive trees and the famous White Villages, the film was presented at the last Cannes Festival

Not On The Start line

Spanish cyclist, David Bernabeu wont be at the start of the Vuelta as he has been suspended for a year after being found positive for the product Betametasona in the last Paris-Nice.

That’s all the news for the moment, the teams will be presented on Thursday and the team time trial prologue starts at 3:30p.m. on Saturday in Gijуn. 28 kilometers in length with a climb to 155 meters altitude at 7.8 kilometers, U.S Postal or ONCE should be in with a shout, stay tuned for all the coverage.

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