Last Monday (21), through social networks and official websites, Soudal Quick-Step released the names of the cyclists participating in the Vuelta a Espanã. The team will consist of Remco Evenepoel, Louis Vervaeke, Jean Hirt, Pieter Serry, Mattia Cattaneo, James Knox, Casper Pederson and Andrea Bagioli.
The team preferred to maintain a more solid strategy, providing athletes who had already participated in the Giro d’Italia, in May of this year, and who somehow supported Remco Evenepoel throughout the matches and, consequently, to the first place on the podium of several competitions.
“It will be very special to return to La Vuelta with the number one vest on my back and the beautiful Belgian champion’s shirt on my shoulders, in what will be my first match since winning it at the end of June. Spain is one of my favorite countries, I always felt good and had a lot of success there, and I hope the trend will continue in the coming weeks”, said Remco Evenepoel.
The athlete revealed that this year’s route for the Vuelta a Espanã is more difficult than that of 2022, but that he has worked hard to have a positive performance in the face of new challenges and that he is lucky to have a strong team to support him.
Soudal Quick-Step’s sporting director, Klaas Lodewyck, was full of praise for the team’s composition, saying he was hopeful for victories this year: “We have a well-balanced team for this last Grand Tour of the year, made up of strong guys for the climbs, but also riders who can protect Remco on the flat and put him in a good position ahead of the climbs.”
Through the official website, the UCI announced the routes that will be covered in this year’s Vuelta a Espana, between August 26th and September 17th. This time, the competition will start in Barcelona, go through climbs such as Coll D’Estenalles and Montjuic, through the mountains in North Surya, the Pyrenees and Andorra, ending in Madrid.