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Cervelo focused on Vuelta stage wins with final line-up

Richard Tyler
August 26, 2009, 3:13 BST,
August 26, 2009, 10:53 BST
First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Vuelta a España
Simon Gerrans (Cervélo TestTeam) speaks to the media.

Simon Gerrans (Cervélo TestTeam) speaks to the media.

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Gerrans aiming at second Grand Tour stage win of 2009

Cervélo TestTeam has made clear its intention for the Vuelta a España after it named a team bulging with riders capable of claiming stage wins on Tuesday. Australian Simon Gerrans is one of three riders in the nine-man squad who have contributed to the team's total of 20 season victories.

Gerrans will face up to his second Grand Tour of the season. He claimed stage 14 of this year's Giro d'Italia before he was omitted from the Cervélo team for the Tour de France. The unexpected mid-season break has proven to be fruitful for Gerrans as he claimed ProTour event, the GP Ouest-France, on Sunday.

Gerrans will be joined at the Vuelta by fellow Giro d'Italia stage winner Ignatas Konovalovas and Tour of Qatar stage winner Roger Hammond.

Spanish riders Xavier Florencio, Iñigo Cuesta and José Angel Gomez Marchante have been named, while Ireland's Philip Deignan, Norwegian Gabriel Rasch and Canadian Dominique Rollin complete the international squad.

In the absence of Carlos Sastre, Gomez Marchante will carry the team's hopes for a high finish on general classification.

Despite the approach of the final races on the calendar said Cervélo Team Manager Thomas Campana said the team remained motivated after a solid debut season.

"The guys are still hungry and they’re prepared to work hard to achieve top results in the next couple of months leading to the end of the season," said Campana.

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