Mikel Landa is expected to depart the British team for another squad where he can be a grand tour leader.
Vuelta a Burgos is an ideal training ground for the final grand tour of the season, the Vuelta, where Contador hopes to rebound with a win.
In Utah, Denmark, Spain, and Poland, the peloton's fresh faces earned breakthrough wins, which could indicate more good things to come.
Results from stage 5 of the 2014 Vuelta a Burgos
Nairo Quintana, tied on time with race leader Daniel Moreno, bests him in the final race against the clock
Results from stage 4 of the 2014 Vuelta a Burgos
Dani Moreno takes the lead on a tie on time with Nairo Quintana as Lloyd Mondory wins stage 5 in a sprint
Nairo Quintana shows his form, winning on the final climb and taking the GC lead
The Colombian earns the stage win atop Lagunas de Neila to take command of the five-day race
Despite not racing since April, a defiant but overweight Carlos Betancur still has big ambitions for the Vuelta a España