Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team has announced the team that will participate in la Vuelta a Espana.
“The riders who will participate in the Vuelta had a good approach to the race,” Sports Director Davide Bramati says.” This year the race will be hard, with 13 stages considered medium or high mountain finishes. In the team we have good climbers, but also a rider as Steegmans who can be competitive in the six flat stages. The race will represent also the first big tour of Zdenek Stybar. It will be important for him to gain confidence with these kind of races. Even Tony Martin will participate in the race after the silver medal he conquered at the Olympics TT. Tony could show his skills as a crono man in the opening Team Time Trial, and in the individual TT. He could make another important step to returning to his top level, even in the mountains, after the fracture he suffered during the Tour. We will have also some ambitions for a good place in the GC with guys as Cataldo, Pauwels and De Weert, who prepared very well for the race. The objective of the team will be to try to win at least a stage, and put our guys for the classification in the best possible position at the end of the race."