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Vacansoleil name Vuelta squad

Vacansoleil name Vuelta squad
By Eurosport

31/07/2013 at 10:15Updated 31/07/2013 at 14:33

Vacansoleil-DCM have announced their preliminary squad for the Vuelta a Espana, which starts next month.

The World Tour team have included six Dutch and three Belgian riders in their selection, with Barry Markus and Wesley Kreder in line to make their Grand Tour debuts.

"The group of riders is very motivated and all riders have a strong motivation to start the race," sporting director Aart Vierhouten said.

"With, for example, Thomas De Gendt still wanting to show something in 2013, Wout Poels looking forward to follow-up on his Tour de France and Juan Antonio Flecha eager to race to his hometown.

"For the team it is great to have Tomasz Marczynski (who finished 13th in last year's race) back after a lot of injury; I believe we are ready for a great race.”

The Vuelta begins Pamplona on August 18 and runs for three weeks before finishing in Madrid.

Squad: Johnny Hoogerland, Wesley Kreder, Barry Markus, Wouter Mol, Wout Poels, Lieuwe Westra (all Netherlands), Thomas De Gendt, Willem Wauters, Frederik Veuchelen (all Belgium), Juan Antonio Flecha, Rafael Valls (both Spain), Grega Bole (Slovenia) and Sergey Lagutin (Uzbekistan)