LAMPRE-MERIDA will be at the start line of Vuelta a Espana 2014 with one rider with number 1 on his back: Chris Horner will be in Jerez de la Frontera with the target of defending the title he won in Spain in the past season.
Horner is well focused on trying to compete with a bunch of top riders, who are all willing to be on the throne of the Spanish race.
Despite he’s undergoing therapy in order to recover from the bronchitis he’s suffering for since the start of Tour de France, the American rider aims to exploit the course of the race that is suitable for his characteristics.
From August the 23rd to September the 14th, nine blue-fuchsia-green cyclists will ride on Spanish roads facing 21 stages that will have these characteristics: 1 team time trial (12,6 km), 2 individual time trials (total 44,5 km), 5 flat stages and 13 hill and mountain stages.
LAMPRE-MERIDA technical staff and the technical advisor selected the following riders:
- Christopher Horner: 42 years old, American, climber, pro since 1995, winner of Vuelta a Espana 2013 and of two stages (Mirador de Lobeira, Alto de Hazallanas).
- Winner Andrew Anacona Gomez: 26 years old, Colombian, climber, pro since 2012.
- Damiano Cunego: 32 years old, Italian, climber, pro since 2002, winner of two stages in Vuelta a Espana 2009 (La Pandera, Alto de Aitana).
- Elia Favilli: 25 years old, Italian, rouleur-climber, pro since 2010.
- Roberto Ferrari: 31 years old, Italian, sprinter, pro since 2007, 12 victories in his career.
- Przemyslaw Niemiec: 34 years old, Polish, pro since 2002, 13 victories in his career.
- Filippo Pozzato: 33 years old, Italian, rouleur-sprinter, pro since 2000, 46 victories in his career.
- Maximiliano Richeze: 31 years old, Argentinian, sprinter, pro since 2006, 23 victories in his career.
- Josè Rodolfo Serpa Perez: 35 years old, Colombian, climber, pro since 2006, 35 victories in his career.
Blue-fuchsia-green selection will represent five Countries: Italy (4 cyclists), Argentina (1), Colombia (2), Poland (1) and United States (1). Three Continents: Europe, North America and South America.
One of the main characteristics of the team will be the experience, considering the average age of 32 years old and the average years as pro of the selected riders (10 years).
LAMPRE-MERIDA will be directed by technics Matxin and Vicino, who’ll be supported by doctors De Grandi and Beltemacchi, by mechanics Baron, Coelho, Pengo and Tiede, by masseurs Capelli, Del Gallo, Leboso and Napolitano, by the driver Bozzolo and by the presso officers Appiani and Carlo Saronni.