Rigoberto Uran to captain EF Education First in Vuelta a España
Aug 20 2019 05:18 am CET

Rigoberto Uran to captain EF Education First in Vuelta a España
Rigoberto Uran to captain EF Education First in Vuelta a España
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Rigoberto Uran will be the leader of EF Education First's roster for the upcoming Vuelta a España.

The team will start in the last grand tour of the season with a roster that mixes experience and young talent. "I think this year's race is one of the hardest we've had in the last 10 years because we have so many climbs every day," said sports director Juanma Garate. "It's going to be really tough. There are less big mountain climbs, but we have more climbs in general."

Uran is looking forward to starting the competition. "The Vuelta is a beautiful race," said the Colombian. "I have won stages here but never been on the podium. That's a huge motivation going into it. This year has been a bit of an unusual year. I've had very few days of racing, and I felt good at the Tour, so I see a great opportunity here at the Vuelta, especially with the strong team we have racing."

Two other Colombians are debuting in the race: Daniel Felipe Martinez and Sergio Higuita. For Martinez, this will be the first time in the race and his third grand tour -after the 2017 Giro d'Italia and the 2018 Tour de France. "It's going to be emotional racing the Vuelta this year for me because it's a race that I've always dreamed of doing but have never raced it before," he said.

"It's also a great opportunity for me after not being able to ride the Tour because of my accident. I feel a bit nervous because I haven't raced that much going into it, but I think we're well prepared."

Higuita will experience in Spain his first grand tour. "To race the Vuelta is a childhood dream come true," he explained. "There have been many years of longing and sweating just so one day I would arrive at this point and be able to race this race. I just want to enjoy it, right up to the finish line of the 21st stage. I want to spend the race fighting for my team and learning with them

EF Education First's line-up for the Vuelta a España (August 24-September 15):

Rigoberto Uran
Hugh Carthy
Lawson Craddock
Mitch Docker
Sergio Higuita
Daniel Martínez
Logan Owen
Tejay van Garderen




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