A YOUNG AND STRONG TEAM FOR THE SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE VUELTA OF CAJA RURAL-SEGUROS RGA
Málaga is going to be the start of a new edition of La Vuelta a España (25/08 – 16/09), the seventh consecutive edition for Caja Rural-Seguros RGA. The Spanish squad has prepared carefully the most important objective of the season, a race where the best teams and riders of the world fight for great victories during three weeks. The main target is to do a good performance in this demanding course.
The management of the Navarrese team has had a hard time selecting the riders who will represent the team in the Spanish round. The good average level in the last competitions has forced to think a lot to choose the final eight. Sergio Pardilla, Alex Aranburu, Lluis Mas, Nick Schultz, Nelson Soto, Cristian Rodriguez, Jonathan Lastra and Antonio Molina will finally be the men who will participate in the 73rd edition of La Vuelta.
For Aranburu, Soto, Lastra and Molina this will be their first time in a Grand Tour; while Rodriguez faces his first appointment in this race after his two participations in the Giro d’Italia. So, only Pardilla, Mas and Schultz are veterans in this competition. This is a very young team, with only Pardi over thirty, and five cyclists with 25 years or less, fulfilling one of the maxims of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA: provide the opportunity to shine in the best scenarios to young values.
Juan Manuel Hernández (manager of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA): It is the seventh consecutive participation for Caja Rural-Seguros RGA in the Vuelta a España, and we do it with a well-balanced team. On one hand we will look for presence in the sprint arrivals with Soto and on the other hand we will fight from the break in the mountain stages. We arrive very motivated after the good role of the whole team in the last races, like in Vuelta Burgos, where we were very close to the victory in several occasions. The main goal is clear: to win a stage. I think we have a trained team, a young group that arrives with a lot of enthusiasm and the job well done, as well as the necessary talent that I think they have to achieve it.