Louis Meintjes and Rui Costa command UAE Team Emirates at Vuelta a España
Aug 14 2017 02:41 pm CET

Louis Meintjes and Rui Costa command UAE Team Emirates at Vuelta a España
Louis Meintjes and Rui Costa command UAE Team Emirates at Vuelta a España
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UAE Team Emirates has made its final selection for the upcoming Vuelta a España. The team will be targetting a top 10 spot in the General Classification with a squad that mixes riders for all kinds of terrains.

"We have a good team, all the guys are in good form," said sports director Simone Pedrazzini. "The team’s captains will be Louis Meintjes and Rui Costa, who are aiming to get a final Top Ten, while they will be relying on Darwin Atapuma and Jan Polanc for the mountain stages and Sacha Modolo for the sprints, they will all be trying to get a stage win."

The South African rider has been preparing for this Grand Tour. "I have been doing high altitude training in Andorra to prepare for the Vuelta a España," Meintjes commented. The goal is to fight for the GC but we will have to see how my body has recovered after the Tour de France effort."

Costa is excited about riding his first Spanish Grand Tour. "This will be my first Vuelta a Espana and I’m happy to ride in it. I want to live day by day without thinking specifically about the General Classification, enjoying every single stage. The third one will already be a good test to understand what kind of shape I’m in."

UAE-Team Emirates' complete roster for the Vuelta a España: Ait El Abdia Anass, Atapuma Darwin, Faria Da Costa Rui Alberto, Meintjes Louis, Modolo Sacha, Mohoric Matej, Niemiec Przemyslaw, Polanc Jan and Zurlo Federico.




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