Peter Sagan will return to the Vuelta a España, which starts August 25, for the first time since 2015 and will be in search of stage wins along with Rafal Majka.
“I decided to race the Vuelta this year, as it fits perfectly into my preparations for the World Championships in Innsbruck”, said Sagan.
“We’ll have to see how my crash at the Tour still affects me, but I feel I am on a good way back to my best. There are a lot of interesting stages at the Vuelta. We have a really strong team here in Spain, and a lot of cards to play when it comes to stage wins – and of course I’ll also try to take one as well.”
Emanuel Buchmann will lead the Bora-hansgrohe’s overall challenge in Spain, while Majka will be on the hunt for stage wins.
“I came through the Tour in good shape. I was back at my best in the last week, and I still feel fresh enough to do a good Vuelta. I spent the last weeks again at altitude and prepared well. My role changed, and I am here to go for stage wins. I have very good memories from the Vuelta and I am ready to fight for results the next three weeks”, said Rafal Majka.
The 73rd edition of the Vuelta will see a stellar GC field with Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida), Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana (Movistar), and Fabio Aru (UAE-Emirates) top the list.
Right behind them are Richie Porte (BMC), Rigoberto Urán (EF-Drapac), Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin), Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb), the Yates brothers (Mitchelton-Scott), and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana).