Juan Antonio Flecha not discounting "new kids on the block"

Juan Antonio Flecha, Vacansoleil-DCM 2013

Juan Antonio Flecha has predicted fresh faces to come of age at the Spring Classics this season increasing the level of competition the Spaniard will face with new team Vacansoleil-DCM.

Flecha has joined the Dutch outfit after three years at Sky, which he left to pursue more opportunities at races outside of the Classics.

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Sophie Smith is an Australian journalist, broadcaster and author of Pain & Privilege: Inside Le Tour. She follows the WorldTour circuit, working for British, Australian and US press, and has covered 10 Tours de France.