Sagan leads Cannondale at Vuelta a España

Caruso and De Marchi also line-up in Spain

Peter Sagan will spearhead Cannondale’s efforts in this year’s Vuelta a España with the team looking for stage wins in their final grand tour.

Sagan, who won his third green jersey at the Tour de France in July will target stage wins in the Vuelta before gearing up for the World Championships next month. Sagan's only other participation in the Vuelta came in 2011, when he won a total of three stages and finished fourth in the points classification.

Sagan will be joined by Italian Alessandro De Marchi, who won the most combative rider of the 2014 Tour de France award. Damiano Caruso will lead the team in the mountains and target a stage win and a place in the overall classification.

"The riders we selected offer us the chance to be really competitive almost everywhere," said team director Mario Scirea, who will lead the riders with Dario Mariuzzo. "Sagan, De Marchi and Caruso are three leaders and top riders, but I think the entire team is solid and strong. Even if the Vuelta is the last grand tour, it's a very hard competition and we're ready to play our role. We'll try to make our race all the times we'll have the chances. We want to leave a strong mark on the race."

Oscar Gatto, George Bennett, Maciej Bodnar, Paolo Longo Borghini, Matthias Krizek and Guillaume Boivin make up the rest of the team.

The Vuelta a España starts Saturday with a team time trial in Jerez de la Frontera. The race concludes on September 14.


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