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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Spain announces formidable team for Worlds

by Ben Atkins at 1:19 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, World Championships

Current Vuelta a España leader Alejandro Valverde will lead a stellar Spanish team in its bid for the rainbow jersey in Mendrisio, Switzerland later this month. Twice silver (2003 and 2005) and once bronze (2006) medallist Valverde will be looking to capitalise on his Vuelta form to win the coveted rainbow jersey.

Included in the team is three-time winner Oscar Freire. The World Championship race has defined the Cantabrian’s career, and he would doubtless love to wear a record equalling rainbow jersey in what will be his final season next year.

Also present will be Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez, who is also enjoying a good Vuelta and Juan Manuel Garate, who took the prestigious victory atop Mont Ventoux in July’s Tour de France.

A notable absentee is Tour champion Alberto Contador. The Astana rider ended his season in August citing a lack of form after a tough and stressful Tour.

Spain's road race team:
Oscar Freire (Rabobank)
Juan Manuel Garate (Rabobank)
Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne)
Joaquim Rodriguez (Caisse d'Epargne)
Dani Moreno (Caisse d'Epargne)
Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel)
Juan Jose Cobo (Fuji Servetto)
Carlos Barredo (Quick Step)
Ruben Plaza (Liberty).

Time trial:
Ivan Guttierez (Caisse d'Epargne)
Hector Guerra (Liberty)


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