LEON, Spain (VN) — Tom Boonen and Sylvain Chavanel headline Quick Step for the upcoming Vuelta a España.
Each will be looking to win stages and hone their form ahead of the world championship in Copenhagen on September 25.
“The squad is completed by Boonen, who’s hungry for success and fine-tuning his conditioning for the world championship,” said sport director Rik Van Slycke in a team release. “Then there’s French champion Chavanel, from whom we’re expecting some good performances on the stages most adapted to him. The team’s main objective is to take home at least one stage and to try to get one of their men into the top ten rankings of the race.”
The rest of the Vuelta squad will be aiming to place a rider in the top 10 overall as well as sneaking into breakaways.
“The formation for the Vuelta is essentially balanced, with athletes who have a good chance in the rankings and on the climbs, as well as a few stage hunters,” Van Slycke said. “Curacao national champion De Maar, Cataldo and Seeldraeyers are growing after their Tour de Pologne and they’re ready to try to defend themselves in the general classification for the toughest stages in a Vuelta, which promises to be one of the most challenging in recent history in terms of altimetry.
“Riding in their support will be Vandewalle, Maes, Malacarne and De Weert, who, after an excellent Tour, will try to make himself useful to the team and perhaps figure as a major player in some stages.”
Quick Step for Vuelta a España: Tom Boonen (BEL) Dario Cataldo (ITA) Sylvain Chavanel (FRA) Marc de Maar (NED) Kevin De Weert (BEL) Nikolas Maes (BEL) Davide Malacarne (ITA) Kevin Seeldraeyers (BEL) Kristof Vandewalle (BEL)