Nairo Quintana is all-in to win the Tour de France in 2018 and for now, has embraced Team Movistar's new signee, Mikel Landa.
The Italian grand tour will announce its wildcard invites Friday, and three of the bids are expected to go to Italian outfits.
The former pro said Chris Froome's adverse analytical finding for the asthma drug salbutamol could spell disaster for the team.
The Vuelta's stage 20 promises excitement with six mountain passes over 1,000 meters on a short 105.8 kilometers route.
Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana champion Chris Froome (Sky) crashed while training on Thursday in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The 26-year-old said he is hopeful one or more of the Americans in the WorldTour will break through with a big victory.
Vuelta route rumors point to another exciting route in 2018 with early climbs and an exciting finale in Basque Country and Andorra.
Renato Di Rocco, president of the Italian Cycling Federation and a member of the UCI Management Committee, talked about Froome's case.
The Dutchman said he will make a final decision after the Italian grand tour in May.
American Ian Boswell enjoys his time with new team Katusha-Alpecin, saying he has a new love for training and high expectations.