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Vuelta a España 2012 : the 22 teams announced - wildcards for 2 Spanish and 2 foreign teams

Added: monday 23 April 2012 at 21:55:00
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    Vuelta a Espa&ntildea 2012 : the 22 teams announced - wildcards for 2 Spanish and 2 foreign teamsA little bit over 2 weeks ago, the teams of the Tour de France 2012 have finally been announced. Today it was the turn for the Vuelta a España 2012 to announce its selection of 22 teams.

    In addition to the 18 UCI ProTeams, 2 Spanish teams and 2 foreign teams (one from France and one from The Netherlands) will come to the start of the Tour of Spain 2012 in Pamplona on the 18th of August.

    The 4 invited teams for the Tour of Spain 2012

    4 Continental Pro teams have thus been invited with a wildcard for the Vuelta a España 2012:
    • 2 Spanish teams:
      - Andalucía, which participates in the Tour of Spain since 2007 and which has a former stage winner of the Vuelta among its riders: Gustavo César Veloso who won the 9th stage of the Vuelta a España 2009
      - Caja Rural which will participate for the very first time in the Vuelta a España -which will have its 67th edition- in 2012 and which has for example Manuel Antonio Cardoso and David de la Fuente among its riders
    • 2 foreign teams:
      - the Dutch Argos-Shimano team which thus benefits from its second invitation out of three Grands Tours, after the Tour de France 2012
      - the French Cofidis, le crédit en ligne team which also gets its second invitation for a Grand Tour and which will most probably come to the start with its climber David Moncoutié who won since 2008 every year one stage of the Vuelta a España before bringing back home the jersey of the King of the Mountains classifications!

    The 18 UCI ProTeams

    As a UCI WorldTour race, the Vuelta a España automatically invites the 18 UCI ProTeams to the start of the race in Pamplona on Saturday 18 August: Astana, AG2R La Mondiale, BMC Racing Team, Euskaltel-Euskadi, FDJ BigMat, Garmin-Barracuda, GreenEDGE Cycling Team, Katusha Team, Lampre-ISD, Liquigas-Cannondale, Lotto-Belisol, Movistar Team, Omega Pharma-QuickStep, Rabobank, Radioshack-Nissan, Team Saxo Bank, Team Sky and Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team.

    The comments from the invited teams

    The only two teams which have commented the announcement of these invitations are Andalucía and Argos-Shimano:

    Andalucía : We're very happy with this invitation. We would like to thank Unipublic for counting again on us and we hope to show some good work. We will come to the start with more motivation than ever before

    Argos-Shimano : The Vuelta is a big and important race. Our riders, our staff and our sponsors are looking forward to be there. We would like to thank the organisor for its confidence.

    We have a very strong team which will go off to Pamplona with some ambitions. We'll give it a try either by attacking or in a sprint

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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  1. L'équipe de Movistar sera composée avec quels coureurs ? et le leader de l'équipe sera ????

    | Pierre Mailhiot | tuesday 24 April 2012 at 3:33:25

  2. Bonjour Pierre,

    La course est au mois d'août et les équipes font entre autres dépendre la sélection de la forme du moment. Même si dans l'équipe les directeurs sportifs ont probablement déjà une idée, il est trop tôt encore de s'attendre à en savoir plus pour le moment ....

    | Thomas Vergouwen | tuesday 24 April 2012 at 7:31:37

  3. http://www.les-actus-du-cyclisme.fr/article-vuelta-a-espa-a-2012-les-22-equipes-annoncees-les-invitations-pour-2-equipes-espagnoles-et-2-etr-103966373.html

    | Roland TISSIER | tuesday 24 April 2012 at 10:24:03

  4. Une Vuelta comme je l'aime ! Beaucoup de montagne et bien entendu aucune place pour les spécialistes du porte-bagage et autres suceurs de roues que sont les sprinters cette catégorie qui ne devrait participer à aucun grand tour car par leur comportement imbécile ils sont souvent lors de la préparation des sprints les responsables des chutes survenant aux baroudeurs et aux grimpeurs.

    | François Henri Jolivet | tuesday 24 July 2012 at 13:57:37

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