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by Mark Zalewski
July 27, 2017
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The Movistar Team announced Wednesday a list of 12 candidates for its Vuelta a España roster, which starts in Nîmes, France on Saturday, August 19.
Rubén Fernández won a stage of the 2016 Vuelta.
It is no surprise that defending champion Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde are not included, with the Colombian already having raced the first two Grand Tours and the Spaniard recovering from his injury suffered during the opening time trial of the Tour de France earlier this month.
The team will likely turn to Rubén Fernández, who rode strong during last year’s Vuelta in support of Quintana, to take up the leadership role. Marc Soler and Richard Carapaz are also strong riders for the team.
Winner Anacona, Jorge Arcas, Carlos Betancur, Richard Carapaz, Rubén Fernández, Gorka Izagirre, Dani Moreno, Nelson Oliveira, Antonio Pedrero, Dayer Quintana, José Joaquín Rojas and Marc Soler are the names pre-selected by Eusebio Unzué’s squad.
The official lineup will be confirmed after the Spanish outfit completes a packed calendar in early August, which includes visits to San Sebastián, Poland, Getxo , Burgos and the BinckBank Tour.