Joaquim Rodriguez fearing Vuelta comeback by Tom Dumoulin in time trial

New Vuelta a España leader Joaquim Rodriguez says that winning the race will be 'complicated'

Tom Dumoulin and Joaquim Rodriguez on stage sixteen of the 2015 Tour of Spain

(Image credit: Watson)

Spaniard Joaquím Rodríguez took over the Vuelta a España race lead by one second today in a tug-of-war fight with Italian Fabio Aru. It is not the Italian, however, that team Katusha's captain is worried about with less than a week to race, but Dutchman Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin).

Dumoulin, third in the time trial world championships behind winner Bradley Wiggins, could shake up the race overall standings Wednesday in the 38.7-kilometre time trial around Burgos in Spain's northwest. After two heavy mountain stages, and with a rest day tomorrow, he sits fourth overall at 1-51 minutes behind Rodríguez.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.