Team Sunweb announced a squad for the Vuelta a España which includes young Australians Robert Power and Michael Storer riding in support of team leader Wilco Kelderman.
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Team Sunweb
16 Aug 2019 - 9:54 AM 

The team focus will be placing Kelderman as high as possible on the overall classification while hunting for opportunities over the 21 stages on offer at the final Grand Tour of the season.

The race offers various opportunities for the team throughout the three weeks of action, as they focus on a good GC result and stage success.

“Our main goal will be to target a good GC result with Wilco," said Sunweb coach Luke Roberts. "We bring strong support with Nicholas [Roche], Australians Robert and Michael, and also all-round talent Martijn [Tusveld], who we are really happy to see on our line-up after a really difficult period recovering from his Paris-Nice crash.

"Max [Walscheid] will be taking aim at stage success in the flat sprints, backed up by Grand Tour debutant Casper [Pedersen] and our road captain Nikias [Arndt]."

The race starts with a 13.4km team time trial in Torrevieja before heading north to the first high mountain stage in Andorra, followed by a 36km individual time trial in Pau. It then moves through the Basque Country and Asturias before the final week in central Spain and the finish in Madrid.

“With two time trials and eight hilltop finishes, including the brutal Alto de Los Machucos and Alto de La Cubilla to sort the GC, there looks to be five or six opportunities for sprinters and the rest of the stages will likely go to breakaways or a decimated bunch," Roberts said.

Sunweb for the Vuelta a España
Nikias Arndt (GER), Wilco Kelderman (NED), Casper Pedersen (DEN), Robert Power (AUS), Nicholas Roche (IRL), Michael Storer (AUS), Martijn Tusveld (NED), Max Walscheid (GER).