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Kruijswijk leads the nine-man squad at the Spanish Grand Tour from August 19th to September 10th

The last Grand Tour of the season, the Vuelta a Espana, will start on Saturday, August 19th with a 13,7 km Team Time Trial in Nîmes (France) and finish on Sunday, September 10th in Madrid (Spain). Team LottoNL-Jumbo, equipped with Bianchi high-performance bikes featuring Countervail® technology, eyes success through the 21 days of one of the World’s biggest stage race.

The race route, with nine uphill finishes, suits well Steven Kruijswijk’s climbing skills. The 30-year-old Dutchman - fourth overall at the 2016 Giro d’Italia, with five days in pink jersey - recently displayed his good shape in the mountain stages of the Tour de l’Ain and will be the team headliner. New Zealander George Bennett - 10th last year at the Vuelta a Espana and overall winner of the 2017 Amgen Tour of California - will be a key support for Kruijswijk’s GC ambitions but he could also aim for stage wins, while Spaniard Juan José Lobato, fresh stage winner at the Tour de l’Ain, will be the team’s card for the sprint finishes.

Team LottoNL-Jumbo's line-up for the 2017 Vuelta a Espana: George Bennett, Koen Bouwman, Stef Clement, Floris De Tier, Steven Kruijswijk, Bert-Jan Lindeman, Juan José Lobato, Daan Olivier and Antwan Tolhoek.

Bianchi equips Team LottoNL-Jumbo with four models engineered with Countervail® viscoelastic carbon material: Oltre XR4, designed to maximize the aerodynamic advantage and control; the ultralight Specialissima, extra stiff for increased traction and stability at high speeds, and maximum control on the descents; Infinito CV that provides remarkable control on uneven surfaces and reduces muscolar fatigue; the ultime Time Trial machine Aquila CV, designed to increase power output and rider's energy, with maximum control with each pedal stroke.

Treviglio (Italy), 2017, August 16th

Quick-Step Floors Team to Vuelta a España

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Nine riders representing six countries will make up our squad for the three-week race


16-Aug-2017: A plethora of summit finishes, nine more precisely, through the mountains of Andalucia, Cantabria and Asturias, will be the salt and pepper of the 72nd Vuelta a España, which is set to start from France, making it just the third time in history that the race will kick off from a foreign country, after 1997 (Portugal) and 2009 (Netherlands). Calar Alto, La Pandera, Sierra Nevada and Angliru will be just some of the race’s main difficulties, which should shape up the overall rankings, together with the opening team time trial and the 40.8km-long stage against the clock scheduled on the final week.

Only Spaniard to wear the coveted red jersey at the previous edition of the Vuelta a España, David De La Cruz will return to his home race this year as part of a very strong Quick-Step Floors squad ready to take on the season’s final Grand Tour and stick to its aggressive and spectacular style of racing, which earned plaudits and netted over 40 victories since January. The 28-year-old, a stage winner in 2017 at Paris-Nice and Vuelta al Pais Vasco, will be motivated to show his prowess on the mountains and leave again his mark on the general classification.

Winner of back-to-back white jerseys in the Giro d’Italia, Bob Jungels is slated to start the grueling Spanish race three years after making his Grand Tour debut here and notching up two stage top-10 finishes; if the 24-year-old Luxembourger will ride his second three-week race of the season, the same can’t be said about Julian Alaphilippe, who gets to ride his first Grand Tour this year, after a knee injury kept him out of the Tour de France.

The team will be rounded out by Eros Capecchi, Tim Declercq, Belgian ITT Champion Yves Lampaert, neo-pro Enric Mas (confidence-buoyed after climbing to second overall at the Vuelta a Burgos earlier this month), Niki Terpstra – the most experienced rider of our Vuelta a España roster in terms of Grand Tour participations, with 11 presences under his belt – and Matteo Trentin.

“Vuelta will be again a tough race, with many brutal climb and steep gradients, some kicking out at 25%. Will be grueling even for the best climbers, and the extreme temperatures will make everything even more difficult and test the riders throughout these three weeks”, said sport director Geert Van Bondt.

“We hope to do a good race and be up there when it comes to both stage wins and the general classification. David De La Cruz will set his sights on a good result in the overall standings, and after finishing in the top 10 last year, we believe he can be again among the protagonists, but we will take it one stage at a time and see how the race progresses. If you look at the average age of our team, you can see it’s very young but nonetheless it is a complete team, with several experienced riders, capable of winning in almost every terrain, so we’re heading to the start in Nîmes with confidence and optimism”, Van Bondt concluded.

19.08–10.09 La Vuelta ciclista a España (ESP) 2.UWT

Riders Julian Alaphilippe (FRA)
Eros Capecchi (ITA)
David De La Cruz Melgarejo (ESP)
Tim Declercq (BEL)
Bob Jungels (LUX)
Yves Lampaert (BEL)
Enric Mas (ESP)
Niki Terpstra (NED)
Matteo Trentin (ITA)

Sports Director Davide Bramati (ITA)
Wilfried Peeters (BEL)
Geert Van Bondt (BEL)
Rik van Slycke (BEL)

16 August 2017, Santa Rosa, California (USA)

BMC Racing Team is set to line up at EuroEyes Cyclassics, the next UCI WorldTour one-day race of the season, on Sunday (20 August) with a motivated and well-rounded team.

Sports Director Fabio Baldato thinks BMC Racing Team's line-up provides multiple options depending on how the race develops.

"We have seen in the past that this race is one for the sprinters and if this is once again the case, we have Jempy Drucker on our roster who, as we saw at the Prudential RideLondon Surrey Classic, is in good shape. We also have riders like Silvan Dillier, Loïc Vliegen and Manuel Quinziato who we know can race hard and can go with any strong moves on the circuit. Of course, we also have Greg Van Avermaet lining up, and he is coming into the race, as he always does, in strong form and will be motivated to score some more UCI WorldTour points if the opportunity presents itself," Baldato said.

Van Avermaet is looking to use EuroEyes Cyclassics as a stepping stone towards his goals at the end of the season.

"My shape was really good at Binck Bank Tour, and my legs were where I wanted them to be. I was really happy with how I raced, so I am feeling good heading into the next UCI WorldTour one-day race. For me, my main goals for the rest of the season are still to come, but this will be a good opportunity to continue to build my form and keep that race feeling in my legs heading into next month," Van Avermaet explained.

Drucker is confident in his form heading into the one-day race.

"It was a tough week of racing at Binck Bank Tour, but I felt like my form was there and that I was able to work hard for the team. My legs have been feeling good, and I know that my speed is there, so I am motivated to produce a good result at EuroEyes Cyclassics if the race comes down a bunch sprint," Drucker added.

EuroEyes Cyclassics (20 August)

Rider Roster: Silvan Dillier (SUI), Jempy Drucker (LUX), Floris Gerts (NED), Amaël Moinard (FRA), Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Loïc Vliegen (BEL), Danilo Wyss (SUI)

Sports Director: Fabio Baldato (ITA)

The special feeling with the family, the teammates and the whole Team Bianchi Countervail is the key behind Frenchman’s growth and strong performance at XCO World Cup (3rd in the GC)

Stephane Tempier discovered the mountain bike when he was 8. A few months later, he claimed the first victory, so his sudden passion quickly turned into a new life: several wins, some disappointments, engagement, fans, colleagues, friends, team managers, round trips. Tempier punched his last ticket home last year, when the Team Bianchi Countervail regained a stronger and highly motivated Stephane, totally in love with his Methanol and able to play both the domestique and the leader's role.

After the strong performances delivered at the MTB European Championships in Darfo Boario Terme (where he finished fifth after leading the race) and the XCO World Cup in Mont-Sainte-Anne (runner-up thanks to an impressive comeback, equalling his career’s highlight), the 31-year-old Frenchman from Gap looks forward the XCO World Cup's final round and the Worlds in Cairns with lot of confidence: "In Val di Sole I aim for holding my GC third spot. At Worlds, you know, all that matters are medals".

Tempier knows how to step up a podium: from the race in the "Pupille" series that saw him triumphing when he was nine onwards, Tempier growth year by year as man and biker: "My trainer Olivier Maignan played a key-role in my sports training, whilst my parents and friends shaped me into the man I am today", Tempier explains, describing himself as a "funny, smiley and steadfast person" whose today’s benchmarks are the girlfriend Melodie and his family: "I can always count on them".

In 2016 Stephane joined again his second family: "I see Team Bianchi Countervail as more than a team. Here's is only natural to feel good, first and foremost on Bianchi bikes’ saddle. Methanol CV is the best rigid I ever rode: fast, light, aggressive. I love to ride it in the descents. I also like to race with Methanol 29.1 Full on the most technical courses and those featuring exposed roots and rocks", Tempier says. Besides the bikes, the Frenchman loves all about the team: President Felice Gimondi ("A true legend"), Team Manager Massimo Ghirotto ("Charismatic") and the whole staff, teammates Marco Aurelio Fontana ("Stylish as no one") and Chiara Teocchi ("Dynamite").

Out of the races, Tempier is a guy who loves listening to pop, rock and electronic music, watching sports events on TV to relax ("I'm a fan of my fellow citizen Seb Ogier in the rally World Championships and Valentino Rossi in the Moto GP"), enjoying a two-week holiday in a warm location with his girlfriend Melodie, practicing cross-country skiing and running in view of a new season, surfing on Facebook and other social networks: "On Twitter I can learn all the news in two minutes, Instagram is nice because nice picture says more than words to me".

When he was a boy, Stephane kept the posters of Bart Brentjens and OG gold medallist Miguel Martinez on the wall. At that time, Tempier was dreaming to become a big gun in bikers' world, or maybe work as a trainer or simply close to nature: indeed, Stephane rides pretty fast through the nature and it all adds up now. Although Nove Mesto na Morave and Vallnord are his favourite locations, both for the course and the warm supporters, now Tempier’s thoughts are focused on Val di Sole (Italy) and Cairns (Australia): "All that matters is a medal. I can't wait to chase it".

Cannondale-Drapac is excited to announce the retention of Dylan van Baarle for another two seasons. The 25-year-old turned professional with Slipstream Sports in 2014. For Van Baarle the question was never “why stay?” but “why leave?”

“I really feel confident in the team and comfortable with the team,” said Van Baarle. “I’m happy to stay, and I’m happy the team wanted me to stay.”

“The feeling is mutual,” said Slipstream Sports CEO Jonathan Vaughters. “We know exactly what we’re getting with Dylan – talent, commitment and motivation. It’s been fun to see him grow with us these last four years.”

Van Baarle has emerged as a Classics specialist during his time with Slipstream Sports. He was fourth across the line at Ronde van Vlaanderen in 2017, two spots higher than his sixth place finish in 2016.

“We have a really good Classics team with Sep [Vanmarcke] and Sebastian [Langeveld],” said Van Baarle. “I think we started something this year with the three of us, and we didn’t finish it yet. That’s one of the main reasons I wanted to stay.

“For sure my development in the Classics is something I’m very proud of but also this year in the Tour with Rigo[berto Uran] being second in the general classification, that was also something special for me and something new for me,” Van Baarle added. “I hope to be there in the next two years when he’s racing for the GC again. The Classics and the Tour are my most valued memories.”

During the next two seasons, Van Baarle hopes to convert top tens into the top step.

“I want to try to win a big Classic,” he said. “That’s my goal and that’s my dream. I want to develop myself more as a rider. Every year, I climb a little bit better, and I can still develop there. I hope to win a stage in the Tour as well. Those are the main goals for the next two seasons.”

“I believe in Dylan’s ability to excel in the Classics,” said Vaughters. “He has the engine and the attitude to do something special. I’m super happy with the strides he’s already made and the results he’s already achieved, and I’m excited for the possibilities still to come.”

Van Baarle credits his trajectory over the last two seasons to his coaching relationship with Vaughters.

“JV has really helped me develop as a rider,” noted Van Baarle. “It all started two years ago, actually when they negotiated my last contract. In the beginning it was a little strange but nowadays it feels normal. We have a really good relationship, and for me, it really works.

“I train really hard, and in the last two season, my work showed in the results,” Van Baarle added. “That only motivates me more for the next winter to train hard again or maybe even harder.”


Nationality: Dutch
Date of Birth: 21 May 1992
Residence: Zoetermeer, Netherlands

Key results:
1st Tour of Britain general classification (2014)
4th Ronde van Vlaanderen (2017)
6th Ronde van Vlaanderen (2016)

14 August, 2017, Santa Rosa, California (USA)

BMC Racing Team will back a strong and experienced team at the Vuelta a España when racing gets underway on Saturday, 19 August.

Sports Director Yvon Ledanois said the team has multiple objectives at the third Grand Tour of the season.

"We are lining up at the Vuelta a España with one of the strongest rosters we have named in recent years. As a result, we have a number of different goals for the race. To start with, the Team Time Trial in Nimes is a big objective for us. Team Time Trials are always an important discipline for BMC Racing Team, but here at the Vuelta a España, a good result means starting the three-week race with good morale and motivation, and potentially the leader's jersey," Ledanois explained.

"For the General Classification, we have a number of riders who can be up there, including Tejay van Garderen, Nicolas Roche and Samuel Sánchez. These riders are very motivated for a good result overall so we will take things day by day and see how the race plays out. I would like to see aggressive racing from all of our riders and with guys like Damiano Caruso, Alessandro De Marchi and Rohan Dennis, we have a good chance for stage wins. In Daniel Oss and Francisco Ventoso, we have two strong riders who will play an important role in protecting our leaders, and for Kilian Frankiny, who will make his Grand Tour debut, this will be a good learning experience for the future."

BMC Racing Team's nine riders collectively have 14 Vuelta a España stage wins and seven top ten General Classification results from 26 participations to their names, with only Frankiny and Oss set to make their debut.

The 72nd edition of the Vuelta a España starts on Saturday, August 19th with a 13.8km Team Time Trial in Nimes, France and finishes on Sunday, September 10 with the traditional sprinters' stage in Madrid.

BMC Racing Team at the 2017 Vuelta a España:

Sports Directors: Yvon Ledanois (FRA), Maximilian Sciandri (ITA), Jackson Stewart (USA).

Damiano Caruso (ITA)

"I have some really good memories from the Vuelta a España. The last time I raced was in 2014 when I was ninth on the General Classification. This year, the route is very hard with a lot of climbing and some nervous stages. My goal for the race is to help the team and try to win a stage."

Alessandro De Marchi (ITA)

"I come into the Vuelta a España after a good period of rest and work. The season has been good but not like I have wanted it to go. The Vuelta is a race I love and has always given me great emotions. It's the race in which I was re-born after a long and bad injury. I like to start the last part of the season with this race as it allows you to continue with strong motivation to the end of the season and be ready for the last, big races. It's always a race that has hard days but it's also open to riders who like to play and take risk. Personally, it's going to be a race of freedom. I would like to look for some good stages where I can really do the race I like. Obviously, the start with a Team Time Trial is really important for the team and I will give the maximum effort. I'm really happy to race and I'll try to enjoy every single moment."

Rohan Dennis (AUS)

"I am lining up at the Vuelta a España with a pretty loose General Classification objective. My goals are going for some stage wins and hopefully I will be able to test myself in the mountain stages against the General Classification guys."

Kilian Frankiny (SUI)

"First of all, I'm very excited for my first Grand Tour. To race my first Grand Tour in my first pro year makes it very special for me as I never thought I would do one in my first year and with such a strong team, it's an honor. It will be a big challenge, but I'm looking forward to it! My first goal is a good Team Time Trial on the first day. The whole race I hope to learn a lot and gain more experience for the future. I hope to get a good result on one of the climbing stages and to help the team as much as possible, before arriving with the whole team in Madrid."

Daniel Oss (ITA)

"After five times at the Tour de France and three times at the Giro d'Italia, this is my first Vuelta a España. I expect I will enjoy it and I hope we can have some good results as a team. The Team Time Trial is really important for us and it's a discipline that I love, so I hope we can start the three weeks of racing with a strong result here. As the race progresses, I'll be there to help our leaders as we make our way towards Madrid."

Nicolas Roche (IRL)

"I'm always looking forward to the Vuelta a España because it's probably my favorite race of the year. I'm excited to start the race for the seventh time in my career and I hope to do well on both a team and personal level. I think we have a strong team and it will be nice to get things underway with the Team Time Trial. The Vuelta is always tough and this year is no exception so we will take things day by day."

Samuel Sánchez (ESP)

"This year's edition of La Vuelta a España has very demanding routes with many steep climbs and towns visited for the first time. We will have to live day by day as many stages will require superior mental and physical strength. We bring a quite balanced team to fight for stages and try to be on top. For me, this is a chance to forget last year's bad experiences and do a good result this year."

Tejay van Garderen (USA)

"The Vuelta a España was my first grand tour back in 2010. I love the warm weather and beautiful Spanish scenery. It's a tough course with lots of steep uphill finishes that lends many different opportunities for attacks and an explosive style of racing. I'd like to try and climb as high as possible on the General Classification, and hopefully challenge for a stage victory. We also have a strong team to challenge for the team classification which would be a huge honor to win."

Francisco Ventoso (ESP)

"As a Spanish rider, the Vuelta a España is always a pleasure and this year even more so, because we have three stages in my region of Cantabria. This year there are a lot of climbs, 11 I think, so for sure it will be pretty hard with spectacular finals for the spectators. For me, the first goal is to help the team in the Team Time Trial and hopefully take the jersey. After that, I will help the team and support the captains throughout the race and for sure, I will enjoy the roads, the people and the team."

Team KATUSHA ALPECIN will take part in the 2017 Vuelta a España. The last Grand Tour of the year starts on 19th August in Nîmes, France, and will finish as usual in Madrid on 10th September.

The team roster:
Sports directors: Dmitry KONYSHEV, Xavier FLORENCIO

ORICA-SCOTT will start the final Grand Tour of the 2017 season, the Vuelta a Espana, with another firm focus on a general classification result.

The Australian outfit will line up at the Spanish three-week race with two overall hopefuls in 2016 Tour de France white jersey Adam Yates and last year’s Vuelta podium placer Esteban Chaves.

Fresh off a strong performance at the Tour de France, that saw him claim seventh overall and winner of the best young rider competition, Simon Yates gives the team a third option in the mountains.

The 2017 Vuelta a Espana will be the first time ORICA-SCOTT’s trio of young general classification riders will race a Grand Tour together and the first time the Yates brothers will race two three-week races in a single season.

Sport director Neil Stephens said the combination was an exciting prospect and set a positive challenge for the team.

“We have the best general classification riders we can put together, we have all three of them here, and that is going to be a bit of a challenge,” Stephens acknowledged.

“It’s an exciting challenge for us all to focus on, but at the end of the day the team is our leader and all three riders have always fully committed to that.

“We did it at the Vuelta last year with Simon and Esteban and in the final the race is sorted out on the road. Despite finishing with a top 10 himself, Simon was selfless in his support of our podium finish.

“The aim is a team result in Madrid, who it is, it doesn’t matter.”

Supporting the trio is a balanced outfit, well-equipped for the varying terrain throughout the 3324.1km journey from Nimes in France to Madrid in Spain.

“We believe we have a pretty evenly balanced team,” Stephens said.

“We have a couple of big strong guys in Sam Bewley and Svein Tuft who will pilot our leaders around throughout the Vuelta and their importance will start immediately in supporting a decent team time trial to open and a potentially dangerous and windy stage two.

“We have our climbers in Jack Haig, who is in great shape coming into the race from Poland and Carlos Verona who has been getting ready in the hills of Andorra.

“And we have a couple of guys who can handle the intensity of stage finishes, the punchy guys that know where to position and are physically capable of positioning our leaders towards the finals of the stage which is Chris Juul-Jensen and Magnus Cort.”

They nine-rider group will together tackle six flat stages, eight hilly stages, five mountain stages and a team and individual time trial.

Stephens acknowledged a difficult parcours and ‘hot GC field’.

“The race ramps up as it goes,” he explained. “In the first half of the Vuelta there’s some surprisingly difficult stages that don’t look that difficult on paper, but might catch people off guard.”

“When we start getting towards the south of Spain there’s some difficult stages and the general classification will start to really take shape. From there we go to the second time trial, which is going to be important, and we finish with a very difficult last week.

“Looking at the quality of rivals, if we were able to repeat what we did last year and get on the podium in Madrid that would be a really fantastic result.”

ORICA-SCOTT at La Vuelta a Espana (Saturday, 19th August to Sunday, 10 September):


Sam Bewley (NZL, 30)
Esteban Chaves (COL, 27)
Magnus Cort (DEN, 24)
Jack Haig (AUS, 23)
Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN, 28)
Svein Tuft (CAN, 40)
Carlos Verona (SPA, 24)
Adam Yates (GBR, 25)
Simon Yates (GBR, 25)

Vuelta a Espana – Stages

Saturday, 19 Aug: Stage 1 - Nimes TTT (13.7km)
Sunday, 20 Aug: Stage 2 - Nimes to Gruissan (203.4km)
Monday, 21 Aug: Stage 3 – Prades Conflent Canigo to Andorra la Vella (158.5km)
Tuesday, 22 Aug: Stage 4 – Escaldes-Engordany to Tarragona (198.2km)
Wednesday, 23 Aug: Stage 5 – Benicassim to Alcossebre (157.7km)
Thursday, 24 Aug: Stage 6 – Vila-real to Sagunt (204.4km)
Friday, 25 Aug: Stage 7 – Lliria to Cuenca (207km)
Saturday, 26 Aug: Stage 8 – Hellin to Xorret de Cati (199.5km)
Sunday, 27 Aug: Stage 9 – Orihuela to Cumbre del Sol (174km)
Monday, 28 Aug: Rest Day
Tuesday, 29 Aug: Stage 10 – Caravaca Ano Jubilar to ElPozo Alimentacion (164.8km)
Wednesday, 30 Aug: Stage 11 – Lorca to Observatorio Astronomico de Calar Alto (187.5km)
Thursday, 31 Aug: Stage 12 – Montril to Antequera (160.1km)
Friday, 1 Sep: Stage 13 – Coin to Tomares (198.4km)
Saturday, 2 Sep: Stage 14 – Ecija to Sierra de la Pandera (175km)
Sunday, 3 Sep: Stage 15 – Alcala la Real to Sierra Nevada (129km)
Monday, 4 Sep: Rest Day
Tuesday, 5 Sep: Stage 16 – Circuito de Navarra to Logrono (40.2km)
Wednesday, 6 Sep: Stage 17 – Villadiego to Los Machucos (180.5km)
Thursday, 7 Sep: Stage 18 – Suances to Santo Toribio de Liebana (169km)
Friday, 8 Sep: Stage 19 – Caso to Gijon (149.7km)
Saturday, 9 Sep: Stage 20 – Corvera de Asturias to Alto de l’Angliru (117.5km)
Sunday, 10 Sep: Stage 21 – Arroyomolinos to Madrid (117.6km)

Bahrain Vuelta team

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Appointment for the 72nd edition of the Vuelta Saturday 19th in Nimes, a lovely town in the Southern France. After the French take off, the race will cross several Spanish regions to end up in the capital Madrid on September 10th.

Twenty-one stages for a total distance of 3,324 kilometers. The Vuelta2017 is also five mountain stages, one individual time trial (40 k) and a team time trial, the first stage, of more than 13 k. As the Vuelta tradition wants, there will be many climbs (around 50) with the difficult arrival of Sierra Nevada and the terrible one , the penultimate stage, of the Alto de Angliru with an average slope of 9.8% and a maximum of 23%!

"I've worked hard and I'm ready for this new challenge - says Vincenzo Nibali, Vuelta's winner in 2010 and second in 2013 - the route is very demanding but overall I like it".

"Competition is really strong - continues the Italian rider - and seeing the ranking minimum gaps of Giro d’Italia and Tour de France you can not be distracted even for a moment. So many climbs, but also Navarra Circuit’s time trial with more of 40 kilometers can be decisive".

For Sports Director Paolo Slongo: “It’s the usual Vuelta with so many long e steep climbs and so much ground to attack. We are well prepared and we come from a good Tour de Pologne where Vincenzo and the team have given good signals".

"Unfortunately, it’s not the team we imagined with the absence of strong riders such as Izagirre, Navardauskas and Sioutsou, but this has allowed us to bring in two interesting young boys like Domen Novak and Antonio Nibali. For them it will be a great experience".

Movistar Team confirms Vuelta a España lineup

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14th August 2017

Main home squad full of youngsters for Spanish Grand Tour's 72th edition, starting in Nîmes on Saturday
The Movistar Team has defined its nine-man selection for the 2017 Vuelta a España, starting in Nìmes (France) on Saturday, 19th August, and finishing in Madrid on Sunday 10th September. Jorge Arcas, Carlos Betancur, Richard Carapaz, Rubén Fernández, Dani Moreno, Nelson Oliveira, Antonio Pedrero, José Joaquín Rojas and Marc Soler are the names to represent the Blues at the final Grand Tour of 2017.

The Blues will be tackling a Vuelta a España with three differentiated parts (route preview + useful info / data here). Week one will include short, steep finishes near the Levante coast (Alcossebre, Xorret de Catí, Cumbre del Sol); week two will feature some of the longest, most iconic climbs in Andalusia (Calar Alto, La Pandera, Hoya de la Mora); and the final six days, starting with a 40km ITT at the team's home region Navarra, will take the riders through grueling mountains, like Los Machucos or the decisive L’Angliru. The Movistar Team will reach southern France on Wednesday to start preparing for the opening, 13.7-kilometer TTT on Saturday.

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