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The list of participating riders in the Vuelta (Tour of Spain) 2009 and their numbers

Added: friday 28 August 2009 at 23:28:00
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    The list of participating riders in the Vuelta (Tour of Spain) 2009 and their numbersTomorrow the 64th Vuelta a España will start in Assen in The Netherlands. The riders start with a 4,5 km prologue on the motor circuit TT Assen and with 3 stages in The Netherlands and Belgium (click here to see the full route of the Vuelta 2009).

    Tonight the different teams have been presented: 198 riders will be at the start for 22 different teams. In this article you can discover who are those riders, which numbers they have and what their ambitions are for this Tour of Spain 2009 !

    The first rider will start at 3.30PM while the last rider will leave the start ramp at 6.38PM.

    Since last year's winner, Alberto Contador, won't participate this year, Samuel Sanchez got the number 1 since he's the Olympic champion. Euskaltel Euskadi

    Euskaltel Euskadi (Spain)

    The Spanish team appointed the Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez as its leader: he would like to finish on the podium. In the Vuelta 2007 he finished third and he has a total of 5 stage wins in the Vuelta; this year he hopes to do even better.

    Samuel SanchezThe full orange team is as follows:
    1/ Samuel Sanchez
    2/ Igor Anton
    3/ Aitor Hernandez
    4/ Inaki Isasi
    5/ Markel Irizar
    6/ Egoi Martinez
    7/ Alan Perez
    8/ Ruben Perez
    9/ Amets TxurrukaAG2R La Mondiale

    AG2R La Mondiale (France) : Top 5 as a goal!

    The French team is lead by the Slovenian rider Tadej Valjavec and fixed some pretty high goals.

    Vincent Lavenu, the team's manager said: Our most important goal is to get a good place in the GC for our leader. I think about a place among the first 10 or even in the Top 5. Furthermore we will try to get some stage wins which we really need this season. The team gets good results in the Grand Tours but we're lacking stage wins. John Gadret, Rinaldo Nocentini and Sébastien Hinault should be able to win a stage. Hinault already won one stage in 2008 in the Vuelta. Jose-Luis Arrieta will as usual keep his role as organisor in the team, making sure that everything's fine and to protect our leader. We will do everything we can to win a stage in this Tour of Spain!

    Valjavec seized the occasion to sign a new contract with his team for 2010 with an option for 2011.

    Tadej ValjavecThe team will be at the start tomorrow with the following riders:
    11/ Tadej Valjavec
    12/ José Luis Arrieta
    13/ Alexander Efimkin
    14/ John Gadret
    15/ Sébastien Hinault
    16/ Julien Loubet
    17/ Rinaldo Nocentini
    18/ Christophe Riblon
    19/ Ludovic TurpinAndalucia Cajasur

    Andalucia Cajasur (Spain)

    This Spanish Continental team comes to the Vuelta with Xavier Tondo, 9th in the UCI Europe Tour ranking on 25 August and among others helped by a rider who was quite visible in the Tour of Portugal, Antonio Piedra. The full list of riders in pink is as follows:
    21/ Xavier Tondo
    22/ Manuel Calvente
    23/ Juan Antonio Lopez Gil
    24/ Francisco José Martinez Perez
    25/ Manuel Ortega
    26/ Antonio Piedra
    27/ Javier Ramirez Abeja
    28/ Jesus Rosendo Prado
    29/ José Ruiz SanchezAstana

    Astana (Kazakhstan)

    The Kazakh team can unfortunately not count on Andreas Klöden for this Spanish race. The German rider fell in the 2nd stage of the Eneco Tour and has a wrist injury since. However, apparently this decision has already been taken before.
    The Spanish rider Haimar Zubeldia will lead this team but a rider from Kazakhstan could well become one of its leaders as well: Alexander Vinokourov. This rider who was suspended in July 2007 after a positive test on blood transfusion is back in the peloton since early August. In the Tour de l'Ain he had to participate in the national team of Kazakhstan since he didn't manage to sign a contract with his former team Astana. In the mean time the negociations (which were apparently that difficult that Johan Bruyneel had to spend a few nights in the hospital afterwards) succeeded and Vino is thus back at Astana !

    His comeback was quite successful so far: in the Tour de l'Ain he won one stage and he's also become time trial champion at the Asian championships. In the Vuelta he will rather try to get a stage win than a spot on the podium: I didn't expect to win these races, but the level of the Vuelta is much higher. I'm not sure wether I can keep the same condition during three weeks. Therefore I prefer to target a stage win, in a time trial or in the mountains.
    Haimar Zubeldia31/ Haimar Zubeldia
    32/ Assan Bazayev
    33/ Jesus Hernandez Blazquez
    34/ Christopher Horner
    35/ Maxim Iglinsky
    36/ Daniel Navarro
    37/ José Luis Rubiera
    38/ Michael Schär
    39/ Alexander VinokourovBbox Bouygues Telecom

    Bbox Bouygues Telecom (France)

    The second French team, recently leader of the team ranking of the Tour du Limousin will take the following riders to the Tour of Spain:
    Pierrick Fédrigo41/ Pierrick Fédrigo
    42/ Giovanni Bernaudeau
    43/ Olivier Bonnaire
    44/ William Bonnet
    45/ Franck Bouyer
    46/ Damien Gaudin
    47/ Vincent Jérôme
    48/ Laurent Lefèvre
    49/ Matthieu SprickCaisse d'Epargne

    Caisse d'Epargne (Spain)

    Alejandro Valverde is the leader for the team of the French bank. The Spanish rider who's suspended on the Italian sole could not participate in the Tour de France 2009 and is thus definitely motivated to prove that he's still there and deserves his place on the routes of the Tour of Spain.

    Alejandro ValverdeThe Spanish team with a French sponsor who was recently quite successful with Mathieu Perget who won the Tour du Limousin, appears at the start in Assen with the following riders:
    51/ Alejandro Valverde
    52/ Imanol Erviti
    53/ José Vicente Garcia Acosta
    54/ Vasil Kiryienka
    55/ Daniel Moreno
    56/ David Lopez
    57/ Francisco Perez
    58/ Joaquin Rodriguez
    59/ Xabier ZandioCervélo TestTeam

    Cervélo TestTeam

    I&ntildeigo CuestaThe Swiss team with a Canadian sponsor will come to the start with some of its Spanish riders. The full team is as follows:
    61/ Iñigo Cuesta
    62/ Philip Deignan
    63/ Xavier Florencio
    64/ Simon Gerrans
    65/ José Angel Gomez Marchante
    66/ Roger Hammond
    67/ Ignatas Konovalovas
    68/ Gabriel Rabsch
    69/ Dominique RollinCofidis

    Cofidis (France)

    David MoncoutiéThe third French team starts the Vuelta with a mostly French selection (6 French riders):
    71/ David Moncoutié
    72/ Mickaël Buffaz
    73/ Jean-Eudes Demaret
    74/ Leonardo Duqué
    75/ Julien El Farès
    76/ Bingen Fernandez
    77/ Amaël Moinard
    78/ Damien Monier
    79/ Rein TaaramaeContentpolis-Ampo

    Contentpolis-Ampo (Spain)

    The second Spanis Continental team in the Tour of Spain calls itself a very small team in a race such as the Tour of Spain. Despite that they'll do all they can to show they deserved the invitation. The team will try to do so with the following riders:
    81/ Julian Sanchez Pimienta
    82/ Javier Benitez
    83/ Sergio Dominguez
    84/ Oscar Garcia-Casarrubios
    85/ Mikel Gastañaga
    86/ Francisco José Pacheco
    87/ Adrian Palomares
    88/ Aitor Perez Arrieta
    89/ Manue VazquezFrançaise des Jeux

    Française des Jeux (France)

    The fourth French team can unfortunately not count on Yoann Offredo because he broke his collar bone when he fell in the Eneco Tour. With Sandy Casar, 19th in the Vuelta last year, the team has a good leader.

    Sandy CasarBelow you'll find the full list of riders wearin the shirt with a four-leaf clover:
    91/ Sandy Casar
    92/ Sébastien Chavanel
    93/ Mikaël Cherel
    94/ Rémy Di Gregorio
    95/ Arnaud Gerard
    96/ Timothy Gudsell
    97/ Matthieu Ladagnous
    98/ Anthony Roux
    99/ Wesley SulzbergerFuji-Servetto

    Fuji-Servetto (France)

    This team which was refused for participation in the Tour de France 2009 due to the doping history of its predecessor Saunier-Duval, will finally participate in the Tour of Spain with Juan José Cobo as a leader.

    Juan José CoboHere's the full list of riders for Fuji-Servetto :
    101/ Juan José Cobo
    102/ Eros Capecchi
    103/ David de la Fuente
    104/ Jesus Del Nero
    105/ Arkaitz Duran
    106/ Beñat Intxausti
    107/ Fredrik Kessiakoff
    108/ Robert Kiserlovski
    109/ Davide ViganoGarmin Slipstream

    Garmin Slipstream (United States)

    The American team which is sponsored by the supplier of my bike GPS and more precisely its rider Tyler Farrar fixed itself the leader's jersey as a goal after the prologue tomorrow: It won't be easy but I have good hope and I'll do everything I can. I did a good time trial in the Eneco Tour as well last week.

    Tyler FarrarAmong the 9 riders who will participate in the Vuelta there are some big names such as David Millar and Julian Dean. The full selection is as follows:
    111/ Thomas Danielson
    112/ Julian Dean
    113/ Tyler Farrar
    114/ Ryder Hesjedal
    115/ Martijn Maaskant
    116/ Daniel Martin
    117/ Christian Meier
    118/ David Millar
    119/ Svein TuftLampre-NGC

    Lampre-NGC (Italy)

    The rider with the rainbow jersey, World Champion Alessandro Ballan, will of course come to this Tour of Spain and will find in his team a rider who is at least as important as he: Damiano Cunego. Damiano CunegoExcept one rider, the Ukranian Vitaliy Buts, the team is completely Italian:
    121/ Damiano Cunego
    122/ Alessandro Ballan
    123/ Emanuele Bindi
    124/ Vitaliy Buts
    125/ Enrico Gasparotto
    126/ Marco Marzano
    127/ Massimiliano Mori
    128/ Paolo Tiralongo
    129/ Francesco TomeiLiquigas

    Liquigas (Italy)

    The second Italian team comes to the Vuelta with Ivan Basso as its leader. This Italian rider will do his first Vuelta ever but has some high ambitions: It's the first time in my carreer I start in the Vuelta and I want to leave a good impression. Five mountain top finishes, difficult stages with several climbs and two difficult time trials. I can't deny this matches my qualities.
    He can count on a quite impressive team with riders such as Daniele Bennati, Roman Kreuziger and Manuel Quinziato. Manuel QuinziatoThe full selection is as follows:
    131/ Ivan Basso
    132/ Daniele Bennati
    133/ Maciej Bodnar
    134/ Kjell Carlström
    135/ Roman Kreuziger
    136/ Manuel Quinziato
    137/ Fabio Sabatini
    138/ Sylvest Szmyd
    139/ Oliver ZauggQuickStep

    QuickStep (Belgium)

    After a Tour de France which ended as a deception for Tom Boonen - Belgian champion - he will probably want to show his best side here. He will do so together with the only Spanish rider in the selection, Carlos Barredo, who might well take a stage win, just like the sprinter Allan Davis.

    Wilfried Peeters said about the selection: Our main goal is to win one or more stages, but it will be difficult to get the same score as last year. The start in The Netherlands and the stage coming trough Belgium where we'll find our supporters are an extra motivation for us.

    Tom BoonenBelow you'll find the full selection:
    141/ Tom Boonen
    142/ Carlos Barredo
    143/ Allan Davis
    144/ Kevin de Weert
    145/ Stijn Devolder
    146/ Matteo Tossato
    147/ Marco Velo
    148/ Wouter Weylandt
    149/ Maarten WynantsRabobank

    Rabobank (The Netherlands)

    The team of the Dutch bank is probably quite happy to find the roads of its own country in the first few stages.
    The big names in this team are Robert Gesink who finished the Tour of Spain 7th last year, and of course the Spanish rider Oscar Freire. The Dutch champion, Koos Moerenhout, will also be there.

    Oscar FreireErik Breukink's team will be as follows at the start of the Vuelta:
    151/ Oscar Freire
    152/ Lars Boom
    153/ Juan Manuel Garate
    154/ Robert Gesink
    155/ Tom Leezer
    156/ Paul Martens
    157/ Koos Moerenhout
    158/ Bram Tankink
    159/ Pieter WeeningSilence Lotto

    Silence Lotto (Belgium)

    The second Belgian team will be at the start with riders like Cadel Evans for who the condition is quite uncertain.

    Cadel EvansThe full selection for Silence-Lotto is as follows:
    161/ Cadel Evans
    162/ Christophe Brandt
    163/ Francis de Greef
    164/ Mickaël Delage
    165/ Philippe Gilbert
    166/ Olivier Kaisen
    167/ Matthew Lloyd
    168/ Jurgen Roelandts
    169/ Charles WegeliusColumbia HTC

    Columbia HTC (United States)

    The American team has been really brilliant in the other two Grand Tours of the season with no less than 6 stage wins in the Tour of Italy and six as well in the Tour de France. The rocket engine Mark Cavendish won't participate in the Tour of Spain, so the team will probably not be able to obtain such a score here.

    Despite the absence of Cavendish, Columbia-HTC can count on a sprint specialist with André Greipel. Kim Kirchen would like to go for a good place in the GC.

    André Greipel171/ André Greipel
    172/ Michael Albasini
    173/ Bert Grabsch
    174/ Adam Hansen
    175/ Greg Henderson
    176/ Kim Kirchen
    177/ Frantisek Rabon
    178/ Vicente Reynes
    179/ Marcel SiebergTeam Milram

    Team Milram (Allemagne)

    Fabian Wegmann will not participate in the Tour of Spain since he has some problems with his back. On his website he explains that he thus prefers focusing on the World Championships in Mendrisio.

    Gerald CiolekFor the team with the cow shirts the following riders will be at the start of the Vuelta:
    181/ Gerald Ciolek
    182/ Linus Gerdemann
    183/ Christian Knees
    184/ Dominiki Roels
    185/ Thomas Rohregger
    186/ Matthias Russ
    187/ Björn Schröder
    188/ Martin Velits
    189/ Paul VossSaxo Bank

    Saxo Bank (Danmark)

    The Danish team comes to the start of the Tour of Spain with the two Schleck brothers. Andy is the leader of the team but fixed lower ambitions than for the Tour de France : I don't come to the Vuelta to win, I'm too young to get a podium place in two Grand Tours in one year. However, of course I'll do my best and try to show something nice.

    The neo pro Jakob Fuglsang will do his first Tour of Spain but will however already try to get a place in the Top 15 and thinks he can win a stage.

    Matti Breschel and Stuart O'Grady will also try to win a stage in case of a final sprint.

    Andy SchleckThe full selection around the brothers from Luxembourg is as follows:
    191/ Andy Schleck
    192/ Kurt-Asle Arvesen
    193/ Matti Breschel
    194/ Fabian Cancellara
    195/ Jakob Fuglsang
    196/ Alexander Kolobnev
    197/ Karsten Kroon
    198/ Stuart O'Grady
    199/ Frank SchleckVacansoleil Pro Cycling Team

    Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team (The Netherlands)

    The second Dutch team in this Tour of Spain recently contracted the Feillu brothers for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. This team comes to the Vuelta with several riders who can win a stage.

    The Slovenian sprinter Borut Bozic for example had already won the first stage of the Tour of Poland and more recently won the first stage of the Tour du Limousin.

    The riders of this team which is rapidly improving its reputation will start with a mourning band as a mark of honour to the father of one of the riders, Lieuwe Westra, who despite this loss will participate in the Tour of Spain anyway.

    Matteo Carrara201/ Matteo Carrara
    202/ Borut Bozic
    203/ Johnny Hoogerland
    204/ Sergey Lagutin (check out my interview with him before the start of the Tour du Limousin)
    205/ Björn Leukemans
    206/ Marco Marcato
    207/ Jens Mouris
    208/ Matheus Pronk
    209/ Lieuwe WestraXacobeo Galicia

    Xacobeo Galicia (Spain)

    This Spanish Continental team participated in the Tour of Italy as well this year.

    In the Tour of Spain the team will be present with the following riders:
    211/ Ezequiel Mosquera
    212/ Gustavo César Veloso
    213/ Gustavo Dominguez
    214/ Alberto Fernandez Sainz
    215/ David Garcia
    216/ David Herrero
    217/ Serafin Martinez Acevedo
    218/ Gonzalo Rabunal Rios
    219/ Eduard Vorganov

    The most important favourites

    After having checked this list of participants in the Tour of Spain 2009, I think we can easily put the following riders in te list of favourites:
    - Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne)
    - Ivan Basso (Liquigas)
    - Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto) with some doubts about his condition
    - and why not Robert Gesink (Rabobank)
    - Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) excludes himself for the final win and Alexander Vinokourov (Astana) does the same while Alessandro Ballan and Damiano Cunego (Lampre-NGC) especially come to the Vuelta to improve their condition for the World Championships in Mendrisio a week after the Tour of Spain.

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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  1. This may sound silly, but is there a way for anyone to take part in a large cycling tour individually ? I read various articles and noticed the participants are specially selected Teams so it would mean that no one else can enter the tour..

    | Doru | monday 26 July 2010 at 16:16:54

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