Video | Vuelta a Espana • August 19, 2019
Video: UAE Team Emirates announce squad for the Vuelta España 2019
Four Italians, three Colombians and one Slovenian to represent the Emirati squad
Attached is a video (click on the headline for watching) to present the eight riders who will make up the formation of the UAE Team Emirates in the Vuelta España 2019. The third and final Grand Tour of the season will start Saturday, August 24th from Salinas de Torrevieja with a team time trial and will end in Madrid on September 15th.
Team manager Joxean Matxin (Esp), along with the the support of Andrej Hauptman (Slo), Bruno Vicino (Ita) and Paolo Tiralongo (Ita), will guide the following riders:
– Fabio Aru (Ita)
– Valerio Conti (Ita)
– Fernando Gaviria (Col)
– Sergio Henao (Col)
– Marco Marcato (Ita)
– Sebastian Molano (Col)
– Tadej Pogačar (Slo)
– Oliviero Troia (Ita)
Fernando Gaviria commented on his Vuelta participation: “I am happy to make my debut in an important race like the Vuelta, the only Grand Tour I have never participated in.
There aren’t many stages for the sprinters, and we’ll have to take our chances when we can – this is what makes the Vuelta even more challenging and stimulating“.
These are the words of Fabio Aru: “As always, the Vuelta a España represents an important and stimulating challenge, both in terms of the route and the quality of the startlist.
I’m excited and ready to race, especially since the operation I had four months ago.
The goal is to compete at high level but also to be consistent“.
Debutant Tadej Pogačar: “I am really excited to be able to participate in my first Grand Tour, I can’t wait to be on the starting ramp of the team time trial and start this new challenge.
I will be in Spain with the aim of learning as much as possible, understanding how to move in the bunch in such an important race and how to manage it over the three weeks. It’s the only way I can start building something good for the next few years“.
The manager Joxean Matxin summarised the prospects of the Emirati team: “At the Vuelta we will be able to count on a very strong team, which offers us many possibilities depending on how the race unfolds.
We will be able to aim for the sprint stages with Fernando Gaviria who we know can do well there.
For the general classification there will be Fabio Aru, whose condition has grown a lot and approaches the Vuelta with great concentration and determination.
The choice was made also that the talented Tadej Pogačar will make his debut after proving this year that he is not only a contender for the future but for the present also.
Along with Conti, Henao, Marcato, Molano and Troia, we believe we have a complete and balanced team to give the necessary support to achieve our goals“.