The sport management of Team Saxo-Tinkoff has named the nine riders, who will represent the Danish based outfit in this year’s Vuelta a Espana.
The line up is:
- Roman Kreuziger (Czech Republic)
- Chris Anker Sørensen (Denmark)
- Nicki Sørensen (Denmark)
- Michael Mørkøv (Denmark)
- Nicolas Roche (Ireland)
- Matteo Tosatto (Italy)
- Rafal Majka (Poland)
- Evgeny Petrov (Russia)
- Oliver Zaugg (Switzerland)
Sport directors Tristan Hoffman and Fabrizio Guidi will be guiding the team during the last Grand Tour of the season.
“We are entering this year’s Vuelta a Espana with a very strong and versatile team, which will give us quite some cards to play throughout the three weeks of racing. Therefore we are also focusing on finishing the race with one of our riders well inside the top-ten, and if things play into our hands maybe even having two of our riders up there. With this group of riders I definitely believe it is possible, even though we know the competition will be fierce,” Tristan Hoffman says.
“In Roman, Nicolas, Rafal and Chris we have four potential GC riders, with three of them having top-ten finishes in Grand Tours before and Chris finishing just outside a couple of times. They all feel strong before the race, and this naturally gives us some great possibilities in hand,” he continues.
“Going into the Vuelta I see Roman as the natural leader of the team. He has had a fantastic season so far and still feels motivated and ready, but Rafal, Nicolas and Chris will also have the support of the team, and then we will see how the race develops and adjust accordingly. I expect a great race, and I’m sure we will make a significant impact on the Vuelta,” Hoffman says.
This year’s Vuelta a Espana kicks off with a team time trial from Vilanova de Arousa to Sanxenxo on Saturday August 24th.