Young and competitive line-up for LAMPRE-MERIDA for the participation in the Vuelta a Espana 2016.
The sports directors Simone Pedrazzini and Bruno Vicino (who’ll be supported by Daniele Righi) will direct these nine riders:
– Arashiro Yukiya: 31 years old, Japanese, 1 cap in the Vuelta
– Cattaneo Mattia, 25 anni, italiano, 1 cap in the Vuelta
– Conti Valerio: 23 anni, italiano, 2 caps in the Vuelta
– Costa Mario: 30 anni, portoghese, debut
– Durasek Kristijan: 29 anni, croato, 1 cap in the Vuelta
– Grmay Tsgabu Gebremaryam: 24 anni, etiope, 1 cap in the Vuelta
– Koshevoy Ilia: 25 anni, bielorusso, 1 cap in the Vuelta
– Meintjes Louis: 24 anni, sud africano, 2 caps in the Vuelta
– Zurlo Federico: 22 anni, italiano, debut
Substitutes: Marko Kump and Przemyslaw Niemiec.
LAMPRE-MERIDA will represent 7 nations in the Vuelta (Belarus, Croatia, Ethiopia, Italy, Japan, Portugal and South Africa) and three continents (Africa, Asia and Europe).
The average age of the blue-fuchsia-green line-up will be fairly low, 25,8 years old.
The most awaited rider will be Louis Meintjes, who was 10th in the Vuelts 2015 and who improved is awareness of his qualities also thanks the 8th position he obtained in the Tour de France. In the Vuelta, Meintjes’target will be the stages victories: he’ll have several appointments considering the bunch of mountain stages in the Spanish race.
He’ll rely on good climbers such as Cattaneo, Conti, Durasek and Koshevoy, who’ll all be also able to try to join the breakaways in the most demanding stages.
Grmay’s level of experience in the great tours if very good, having completed each of the tours in which he made his debut (Giro d’Italia 2015, Tour de France 2016 and Vuelta a Espana 2015), and he’s ready for trying to achieve a stage victory.
Thanks to their propensity for joining the breakaways and thanks to their speed, Arashiro and Zurlo will be important riders for their sports directors, as important as Mario Costa will be for giving his support to the team mates.