Despite breaking his leg in the Tour de France, Alberto Contador is back and will helm the Tinkoff-Saxo squad at the Vuelta a Espana.
Tinkoff-Saxo is ready for Vuelta a España after completing the final line-up and setting up the team’s ambitions going into the 21 stage hot and mountainous Grand Tour. The nine riders representing Tinkoff-Saxo at the Vuelta are:
Alberto Contador, Chris Anker Sørensen, Daniele Bennati, Matteo Tosatto, Sergio Paulinho, Oliver Zaugg, Ivan Rovny, Jesus Hernandez and the Danish national champion, Michael Valgren.
This year’s Vuelta a Espana holds a very demanding course for the peloton and with the powerful riders on the start list, the entire field will be put under severe pressure. Team leader Alberto Contador has worked meticulously to get ready for the Vuelta following his crash and injury at Tour de France. Even though the injury set Alberto back in his preparations he’s expected to get better as the race progresses.
“With Alberto we have the chance to compete on a high level in the high mountain stage finishes and on the medium mountain stages. Alberto crashed and broke his leg during the Tour and I’m not sure of it’s plausible to aim for the overall win after only a few weeks of hard training in the mountains but we’ll flash the jersey in the race and you will notice us”, says Philippe Mauduit, leading sport director at the Vuelta.
With a total of 40 summits to crest spread over 13 mountain stages spiced up with two individual and one team time trial, this year’s overall winner will require a strong team around him to succeed. 5 stages are obvious sprinter stages so they will be nervous and very fast, as the sprinters don’t want to miss out on the opportunities in the race to prevail.
“It’s going to be a special race for us. Just like the last part of the Tour de France, we’ll take one stage at a time. Our line-up offers a number of opportunities. In the more flat terrain, we have a series of riders who will be able to nail the stage win that we are targeting in this year’s edition of the Vuelta”, concludes Philippe Mauduit.