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French core to Cofidis’ Vuelta España team

By:
Pete Cossins
Published:
August 5, 2013, 12:57,
Updated:
August 5, 2013, 13:44
Edition:
Second Edition Cycling News, Monday, August 5, 2013
Race:
Vuelta a España
Team Cofidis time trials

Team Cofidis time trials

  • Team Cofidis time trials
  • Adrien Petit happy to be at the Cofidis team presentation
  • Cofidis are presented to the press and fans ahead of the 2012 Vuelta
  • Daniel Navarro Garcia (Cofidis) was on the attack during stage 19 and jumped from 13th to 8th on general classification

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No place in the line-up for Spaniard Dani Navarro

Cofidis has taken the unusual step of announcing their line-up of nine riders for the Vuelta a España with three weeks still remaining before the start of the season’s third Grand Tour. The French Professional Continental team has indicated that the nine riders are subject to change given loss of form, illness or injury.

The team will be led by Frenchman Jérôme Coppel, but will not feature Spaniard Dani Navarro, who finished ninth at the Tour de France last month. Navarro is still recovering from that effort and is scheduled to follow a different race programme
through to the end of the season.

The only Spaniard in the line-up is Luis Angel Maté, who will join Frenchmen Cyril Bessy, Yoann Bagot, Nicolas Edet, Adrien Petit and Stéphane Poulhies, and Belgians Nico Sijmens and Romain Zingle at start in Vilanova de Arousa on August 24.

The race will offer Cofidis the opportunity to add a flourish to what has been a disappointing season aside from Navarro’s top 10 Tour finish. The French outfit has failed to pick up a podium place, let alone a win, at any WorldTour event this season. They have just eight victories to their credit, the best of them Navarro’s victory in the slimmed down one-day version of the Tour of Murcia.
 

paultryan2002 More than 1 year ago
well good luck , hope you win a stage at least...