Almeida trying to save UAE’s grand tour season at the Vuelta

UAE Team Emirates have named 8 riders for the Vuelta a Espana with Joao Almeida leading the team’s quest for the red jersey and Pascal Ackermann leading the line in the sprints.

The race will depart from Utrecht, in the Netherlands on 19th August before making its way South to the Spanish mainland and ending in Madrid on the 11 September over a course distance of 3,280km.

The race will also see the Grand Tour debut of Spanish talent Juan Ayuso who will be the youngest rider in the race.

“It’s my first Vuelta and I’m really excited to get started”, said Almeida. “The past few months have not been straightforward and my condition has not been 100%. At Vuelta Burgos it finished on a high-note and it was a good boost for the confidence to take the win on the last day. I felt like I rode myself into that race”.

“I’m feeling good again on the bike and with a strong team I think we can do some really nice things at this race. It’s hard to say what to expect but I think the objectives can become clearer as the race goes on. It will be a long road from Utrecht to Madrid but I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”

UAE Team Emirates at the 2022 Vuelta a Espana: Pascal Ackermann, Joao Almeida, Juan Ayuso, Brandon McNulty, Sebastian Molano, Ivo Oliveira, Jan Polanc, Marc Soler


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