The biggest objective of the Caja-Rural Seguros RGA racing calendar will begin in the coming weeks when the Pamplona based outfit takes on the 72nd Vuelta España. The race will run from the 19th August until the 10th September.
The 3,324 kilometre route will begin in the French city of Nîmes before crossing through Andorra and making its way down the eastern coast of Spain. The final stage will take place in the traditional city-centre finish in Madrid.
The teams greatest chance of success this year will be from 24 year-old Jaime Roson who has set the objective of a stage win. Roson comes to this race after coming 5th in the Vuelta a Burgos, a strong indicator of his form.
The evergreen Lluis Mas will make his return to the race after his horrific crash at last years event where he suffered a dislocated hip on stage 4. The Mallorcan will be hoping for a repeat performance of 2014 where he held the mountains jersey for 10 stages. The team will also count on the tactical skills of Uruguayan Fabricio Ferrari to animate breakaways throughout the race.
The team will be captained by veterans Sergio Pardilla and David Arroyo who also both rode the Vuelta Burgos as preparation for La Vuelta.
As well as bringing experienced riders the team will also feature a number of debutants with neo-pro Nick Schultz, Rafael Reis, Hector Saez and Diego Rubio all making their first appearances at the race.
Also running from 15 – 18 August will be the Tour du Limousin (2.1) in France.
Line-up: Eduard Prades, Danilo Celano, Alex Aranburu, Jon Irisarri, Iosu Zabala, Oscar Peligri, Jonathan Lastra and Dylan Page.
Sergio Pardilla : “The work is all done now, the training has gone well and I have no excuses ahead of the Vuelta.All we need now is a bit of luck and for the race to go our way a bit . At the moment I feel physically ready and eager to start. My own personal objective will be to fight for a stage win.”
Eugenio Goikoetxea (Director Sportif) : “The most imprtant race of the year has arrived for us. We tried to get a good balance for this race of riders who were good depending on the terrain. We will be there as always to fight and be present in the breakaways. Hopefully we will get our opportunities to shine although it is always difficult against World Tour opposition. This season has been more marked by bad luck than anything else with injuries and crashes but we hope to turn that around and give our sponsors and fans something to cheer about.”