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This is the last year that the Tour of Spain?s leader?s jersey will be gold. Next year the jersey will go back to red - the colour last used in the Vuelta in 1945. The problem with gold, apparently, is that it?s too similar to the yellow used in the Tour de France.

169 of the 170 riders taking part in the Vuelta have been tested by the UCI inspectors - both for hematocrit levels and for the biological passport. All of them have received the green light to race.

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