Peter Kennaugh ready to return to Grand Tour racing at the Vuelta a Espana

Peter Kennaugh wins Stage 1 of the 2014 Tour of Austria

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

National road champion Peter Kennaugh still cannot justify Team Sky’s decision to leave him out of its Tour de France squad but is nevertheless ready to support Chris Froome at the Vuelta a Espana starting Saturday.

The Vuelta promises a thrilling general classification battle and has attracted equal billing to that of the Giro d’Italia and Tour this year with a start-list that includes Froome, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo), Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-Quick Step).

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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.