TEAM SUNWEB ARE PLEASED TO UNVEIL THEIR LINE-UP FOR THE FINAL GRAND TOUR OF THE SEASON, LA VUELTA A ESPAÑA. AFTER SUCCESSFUL CAMPAIGNS IN ITALY AND FRANCE, TEAM SUNWEB HEAD TO SPAIN WITH THEIR MAIN FOCUS ON THE SPRINTS WITH THE YOUNG GERMAN POWERHOUSE PHIL BAUHAUS.
Unable to start the Tour de France due to injury, the Vuelta marks Wilco Kelderman’s (NED) first race back after re-injuring his shoulder at the Dutch national championships. The 27-year-old starts the race following a good period of recovery and training, but with no recent racing in his books the team applies a day-to-day approach to explore GC possibilities.
Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek (NED): “Phil will be our sprinter at the Vuelta whilst we aim for a result in the sprints. We’re very pleased to have Wilco at the start, which could be considered a small miracle after another difficult period with recovering from a complicated injury. He has worked hard to come back, but we don’t know how stable his level will be throughout the three weeks of racing. We’ll have to take a day by day approach with the aim to keep him in the GC and see where he stands going into the third week. We’re also excited to have three riders making their grand tour debut with Jai, Michael and Martijn. Heading to Spain will be great for their long-term development and we’re looking forward to seeing what they do with the opportunity.”
TEAM SUNWEB’S MAX WALSCHEID WILL REPLACE PHIL BAUHAUS AT THE VUELTA A ESPAÑA, WHO IS UNABLE TO START THE RACE DUE TO SLOW RECOVERY FROM SICKNESS. WALSCHEID WILL TAKE OVER THE ROLE OF SPRINTER FROM BAUHAUS WITH THE TEAM TO CONTINUE THEIR SPRINT FOCUS AT THE FINAL GRAND TOUR OF THE SEASON.
Team Sunweb physician Anko Boelens said: “Phil has been suffering from a virus over the past few weeks and we had hoped that he would be fit enough to start in Spain, but unfortunately that is not the case. A Grand Tour is extremely demanding for an athlete and you simply need to start at 100% fitness, so we had to decide to take him out. He will be given the time to fully recover before restarting training and racing.”
Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek said: “It’s too bad for Phil, who was our designated sprinter for the Vuelta, but with Max we have a strong replacer with who we can continue our sprint focus into the Vuelta. It will be the first Grand Tour for Max, a new experience for him in a challenging environment, also for his long-term development and we will go for it/give our all.”