Vuelta a Espana: all 23 squads at a glance
Rigoberto Uran (EF Education – EasyPost) | Photo: Cor Vos
08/17/2022 | (rsn) – August 19, the 77th Vuelta a Espana (2nd UWT / August 19 – September 11) starts in Utrecht. A total of 23 teams compete in the final Grand Tour of the year, starting over three days, which will be held in the Netherlands. In addition to the 18 WorldTeams, five second division teams Alpecin – Deceuninck, Arkéa – Samsic, Burgos – BH, Equipo Kern Pharma and Euskaltel – Euskadi are also participating.
Esteban Chaves, Hugh Carthy and Rigoberto Urán contributed EF Education – EasyPost Three Vuelta. All three have been finalists in the 3-week Tour of the country, Carthy finished 3rd in the 2020 Vuelta, newcomer Chaves was 3rd in the 2016 Tour of Spain, Uran was 2nd in the Giro twice and finished 2nd in the 2017 Tour.
The Spaniard Mikel Landa was mentioned Bahrain won Achieved the highest results in the final classification of his home tour. The climbing specialist will be supported, among others, by the Swiss Gino Mäder and the German Jasha Sütterlin, who will serve his captain mainly in the appreciation stage.
The second division Alpecin-Deceuninck Go hunting for the Vuelta stage with sprinter Tim Merlier and also two mountain drivers in the team in Jay Vine and Robert Stannard, the latest winner of the Tour de Wallonie.
Travel with three travel experts Domenico Pozzovivo, Louis Meintjes and Jan Hirt Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert To Utrecht for the start of the Vuelta. Pozzovivo, 39, finished eighth at the Giro this season, his Czech teammate Hirt also finished sixth at the Tour of Italy. Meintjes, 30, finished eighth at the Tour de France. In the sprints, the team is based on the Belgian Gerben Thijssen, who recently won the stage of the Tour of Poland.
Kick without his sprinter side Lotto Soudal bat the Vuelta. The line up is led by veteran Thomas De Gendt, who has already won a Giro d’Italia stage.
After both had to end the Tour de France early due to the corona virus, Chris Froome and Michael Woods wanted compensation at the Vuelta a Espana. The British, two-time winner of the Tour of Spain, and the Canadian make up the two leaders Israel – Premier Tech. France FDJ Groupama-Equipe with climbing specialist Thibaut Pinot and runner Jake Stewart, who has recently been in great form.
In the jersey Astana Qazaqstan Vincenzo Nibali, who is retiring at the end of the season, will give his farewell performance in the Grand Tour. The Italian won the Tour of Spain twelve years ago, but Astana is led by Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez, most recently third in the Tour of Burgos.
Marco Brenner will make his Grand Tour debut at the Vuelta a Espana. A 19-year-old from Augsburg was killed by him DSM team After a strong performance in the Tour of Poland, in which he finished in twelfth place, he was called into the eight-man team, which included two more German experts in the form of veterans John Degenkolb and Nikias Arndt. However, DSM is led by the Dutchman Thymen Arensman, who, after his second place in the final classification of the Tour de Pologne, should have his sights on the overall ranking in the Tour of Spain.
Arkéa – Samsic Build on Nairo Quintana, as it did in the Tour de France. The Colombian, sixth in the Tour de France this summer, won the Vuelta a Espana in 2016 and then finished twice in the top ten of the last Grand Tour of the year. (After he tested positive for tramadol in the Tour de France and was disqualified, Quintana decided not to compete in the Vuelta.)
France started with a group of stage hunters Cofidis team. In addition to Jesus Herrada, who won the sixth stage in 2019, these include strong runners Davide Cimolai and Bryan Coquard.
in Spain Movistar team Alejandro Valverde will give his Vuelta farewell performance. The 42-year-old Spaniard, who won his home race in 2009, is about to start his Vuelta 16, although Valverde has only once failed to finish in the top ten of the final standings – if he makes it there. Despite this impressive record, the 2018 World Champion will not be driving in the classification this time. In fact, after two second places, Enric Mas is aiming for the podium again, although the Spaniard recently disappointed in the Tour de France. Austrian Gregor Mühlberger is still in the 8-man team.
After the injury that caused him to fall from the Tour de France, Primoz Roglic is ready again for the Tour of Spain. The defending champion has a chance to get his fourth overall victory in a row and will be supported by climbing experts Sam Oomen, Sepp Kuss and Robert Gesink, among others. Looking ahead to the opening team time trials in Utrecht Jumbo-Visma With two-time world champion Rohan Dennis and Italian Edorado Affini, the two professionals appointed in the fight against the clock.
Ineos Grenadiers Will be led by Olympic champion Richard Carapaz in the last Grand Tour of the year. The 2020 Vuelta runner-up will leave the team at the end of the season and once again aim to perform at the Tour of Spain. Carapaz will be joined by former Giro winner Tao Geoghegan Hart, Spanish champion Carlos Rodriguez, Burgos overall winner Pavel Sivakov and Ethan Hayter. The overall winner of the Tour of Poland was the fourth Grand Tour debut in the Vuelta team of Ineos together with Rodriguez, Luke Plapp and Ben Turner, which was completed by Paris-Roubaix winner Dylan van Baarle.
Quick Steps Alpha Vinyl Hopefully Vuelta debutant Remco Evenepoel will make it into the top ten. The Belgian team also has a top podium chaser in the form of world champion Julien Alaphilippe who has to miss this season’s Tour de France as a result of a crash.
With four touring experts with strong climbing skills and a well-stocked group of spin runners Bora-hansgrohe Start a tour of Spain. Jai Hindley, Emanuel Buchmann and Wilco Kelderman have already competed in the Giro d’Italia, which Hindley was the first Australian to win. Buchmann finished seventh in the first Grand Tour of the year. There is also Colombian champion Sergio Higuita, who won the Tour of Catalonia this season and recently celebrated a stage victory in the Tour de Pologne.
In the competition, the management of the team is based on the returning Sam Bennett, who has not been able to convince so far this season and has managed to win only one – at Eschborn-Frankfurt. At the Vuelta, Bennett has had three days of success (2019, 2020). Bennett will be supported by his compatriot Ryan Mullen, the Dutchman Danny van Poppel and Jonas Koch, next to the second German Buchmann in the eight team in Raubling.
That Team UAE Emirates To be led by Portugal’s Joao Almeida in the absence of two-time winner Tadej Pogacar, Pascal Ackermann should win the race.
AG2R Citroën Relying on climbing expert Ben O’Connor and tour winner Bob Jungels, BikeExchange—Jayco Hopes for a second Vuelta win for Simon Yates and having Kaden Groves with him for the run. Trek-Segafredo Run by former world champion Mads Pedersen and led by Spaniard Juan Pedro Lopez.
The Vuelta’s starting line-up of 23 teams:
EF Education – EasyPost: Esteban Chaves, Hugh Carthy and Rigoberto Urán, Jonathan Caicedo, Mark Padun, Merhawi Kudus, James Shaw, Julius van den Berg
Bahrain wins: Edoardo Zambanini, Fred Wright, Santiago Buitrago, Mikel Landa, Gino Mäder, Wout Poels, Luis Leon Sanchez, Jasha Sütterlin
Alpecin – Deceuninck: Tim Merlier, Robert Stannard, Jay Vine, Jimmy Janssens, Oscar Riesebeek, Gianni Vermeersch, Xandro Meurisse, Lionel Taminiaux
Intermarche – Wanty – Gobert: Boy van Poppel, Domenico Pozzovivo, Jan Bakelants, Louis Meintjes, Julius Johansen, Jan Hirt, Rein Taaramäe, Gerben Thijssen
Soudal Lottery: Cedric Beullens, Filippo Conca, Steff Cras, Thomas De Gendt, Jarrad Drizners, Kamil Malecki, Harry Sweeny, Maxim Van Gils
Israel – Premier Tech: Michael Woods, Daryl Impey, Carl Fredrik Hagen, Omer Goldstein, Chris Froome, Itamar Einhorn, Alessandro De Marchi, Patrick Bevin
Groupama – FDJ: Quentin Pacher, Rudy Molard, Fabian Lienhard, Bruno Armirail, Thibaut Pinot, Sebastien Reichenbach, Miles Scotson, Jake Stewart
Astana Kazakhstan: David de la Cruz, Samuele Battistella, Vincenzo Nibali, Yefgeniy Fedorov, Vadim Pronskiy, Alexey Lutsenko, Harold Tejada, Miguel Angel Lopez
DSM Team:Thymen Arensman, Nikias Arndt, Marco Brenner, John Degenkolb, Mark Donovan, Jonas Iversby Hvideberg, Joris Nieuwenhuis, Henri Vandenabeele
Cofidis: Davide Cimolai, Thomas Champion, Jesus Herrada, Jose Herrada, Davide Villella, Bryan Coquard, Ruben Fernandez, Remy Rochas
Arkéa – Samsic: Daniel McLay, Anthony Delaplace, Elie Gesbert, Thibault Guernalec, Simon Guglielmi, Lukasz Owsian, and Clement Russo
Team Movistar: Alejandro Valverde, Enric Mas, Carlos Verona, Nelson Oliveira, José Joaquin Rojas, Mathias Norsgaard, Gregor Mühlberger, Lluis Mas
Jumbo-Visma: Primoz Roglic, Edoardo Affini, Sam Oomen, Sepp Kuss, Robert Gesink, Mike Teunissen, Chris Harper, Rohan Dennis
Ineos Grenadiers: Richard Carapaz, Luke Plapp, Ben Turner, Ethan Hayter, Pavel Sivakov, Tao Geoghegan Hart, Carlos Rodriguez, Dylan van Baarle
Quick Step Alpha Vinyl: Pieter Serry, Julian Alaphilippe, Remi Cavagna, Dries Devenyns, Remco Evenepoel, Fausto Masnada, Ilan Van Wilder, and Louis Vervaeke
Bora – hansgrohe: Sam Bennett, Matteo Fabbro, Sergio Higuita, Jai Hindley, Wilco Kelderman, Jonas Koch, Ryan Mullen, Danny van Poppel
UAE Team Emirates: Pascal Ackermann, Joao Almeida, Juan Ayuso, Brandon McNulty, Sebastian Molano, Ivo Oliveira, Jan Polanc, Marc Soler
AG2R Citroën Team: Clement Chapoussin, Dorian Godon, Jaako Hänninen, Bob Jungels, Ben O’Connor, Nans Peters, Nicolas Prodhomme, Andrea Vendrame
Bike Exchange – Jayco: Kelland O’Brien, Michael Hepburn, Lucas Hamilton, Kaden Groves, Luke Durbridge, Lawson Craddock, Callum Scotson, Simon Yates
Trek – Segafredo: Julien Bernard, Antonio Tiberi, Daan Hoole, Kenny Elissonde, Juan Pedro Lopez, Alex Kirsch, Dario Cataldo, Mads Pedersen
Euskaltel – Euskadi: Xabier Mikel Azparren, Joan Bou, Mikel Iturria, Mikel Bizkarra, Gotzon Martin, Ibai Azurmendi, Carlos Canal, Luis Angel Maté
Burgos Bra: Jetse Bol, Oscar Cabedo, José Manuel Diaz, Jesus Ezquerra, Angel Madrazo, Daniel Navarro, Ander Okamika, Manuel Penalver
Equipo Kern Pharma : Roger Adria, Urko Berrade, Hector Carretero, Francisco Galvan, Raul Garcia Pierna, Pau Miquel, José Felix Parra, Voijtech Repa