Team CSC has announced its nine riders for the upcoming Vuelta a España, the final grand tour of the season. Led by Carlos Sastre, the team includes Christian Vandevelde, who won the climber's jersey at the Eneco Tour, Jakob Piil, Nicki Sørensen, Manuel Calvente, Linus Gerdemann, Andrea Peron, Giovanni Lombardi and Vladimir Gussev. Kim Andersen and Tristan Hoffman will serve as directeurs sportifs.
"To me it's the strongest Vuelta team we've ever had," said Andersen on the team's website, team-csc.com. "It's a good team with lots of diversity. Of course it's Carlos we have the highest ambitions for in the overall standings and everything is pointing towards him having found the form for yet another great stage race. He can climb with the best of them and has furthermore developed his skills in the time trials, making him hard to compete with. We'll provide good back up for him and at the same time we have a string of very motivated riders who have the potential to take some stages along the way."