THE Vuelta a Espana begins today in Puerto Banus on  the Costa del Sol.

Tour de France champ Chris Froome
Tour de France champ Chris Froome

Top cyclists from around the world are gathered in Marbella to begin the 21 stage, 3,360 kilometre Grand Tour.

Favourites Chris Froome of Team Sky, Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde of Movistar and Joaquim Rodriguez of Katusha gather at the starting line to begin the first 7.4km team time trial.

Experts believe that Stage 17, a flat time trial in Burgos, may be the determining point for a winner on September 9.


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