Menchov and Schlecks start Vuelta as top favourites

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Cycling's third-biggest stage race, the Vuelta a Espana, starts on Saturday with brothers Andy and Frank Schleck (Saxo Bank) and double former winner Denis Menchov (Rabobank) as the top favourites.

Neither of host country Spain's two most recent winners, Alberto Contador (Astana) and Alejandro Valverde are taking part, for very different reasons.

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