At the halfway point of the Vuelta a España 2019, here's who the bookies think will win the red jersey

The first half of the race has already seen an intense GC battle, but who will go the distance and claim the red jersey in Madrid?

Stage seven of the Vuelta a España 2019 (Luis Angel Gomez/Getty)

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The first half of the 2019 Vuelta a España has been far from boring. Water hazards causing crashes and abandons, sprints split by the narrowest of photo finishes, and a tough GC battle already being played out.

The design of the parcours provided a number of mountain days in week one and allowed us to gain some insight into who is looking likely to mount a serious challenge in the overall classification.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.