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Euskaltel-Euskadi, Silence-Lotto, Liquigas, Milram and Rabobank name teams for Vuelta a España
ProTour teams Euskaltel-Euskadi, Silence-Lotto, Liquigas, Milram, Rabobank and Fuji-Servetto have all announced their nine-man rosters for the Vuelta a España. The announcement of the team lists means that just six teams remain to be confirmed on the startlist for the Spanish Grand Tour.
As expected, race favourite Samuel Sánchez has been chosen as captain of Euskaltel-Euskadi. Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto), Ivan Basso (Liquigas) and Robert Gesink (Rabobank) will start the race as the general classification riders for their respective teams.
Like at the Tour de France, Milram has once again selected Gerald Ciolek and Linus Gerdemann as co-captains for the German team.
After missing out on an invitation to the Tour de France, Fuji-Servetto will start their second three-week race of the season. David De La Fuente and Juan Jose Cobo are likely to act as the team's protected riders.
The six top-flight teams will be joined by Spanish Pro Continental squads Andalucia Cajasur, Contentpolis-Ampo and Xacobeo Galicia. The wildcard teams have also now confirmed their line-ups for the race.
Euskaltel - Euskadi for the Vuelta a España: Samuel Sanchez, Igor Anton, Egoi Martinez, Alan Perez, Ruben Perez, Inaki Isasi, Aitor Hernandez, Markel Irizar and Amets Txurruka.
Silence-Lotto: Cadel Evans, Christophe Brandt, Francis De Greef, Charles Wegelius, Matthew Lloyd, Philippe Gilbert, Olivier Kaisen, Jurgen Roelandts and Mickael Delage.
Liquigas: Ivan Basso, Daniele Bennati, Maciej Bodnar, Kjell Carlström, Roman Kreuziger, Manuel Quinziato, Sylvester Szmyd, Fabio Sabatini and Oliver Zaugg.
Rabobank: Robert Gesink, Oscar Freire, Lars Boom, Juan Manuel Garate, Tom Leezer, Paul Martens, Koos Moerenhout, Bram Tankink and Pieter Weening.
Milram: Gerald Ciolek, Linus Gerdemann, Christian Knees, Dominik Roels, Thomas Rohregger, Matthias Russ, Martin Velits, Paul Voss and Björn Schröder.
Fuji-Servetto: David De La Fuente, Juan Jose Cobo, Arkaitz Duran, Eros Capecchi, Jesus Del Nero, Fredrik Kessiakoff, Robert Kiserlovski, Benat Intxausti and Davide Vigano.
Andalucia Cajasur: Xavier Tondo, Javier Ramirez, Manuel Calvente, Jesus Rosendo, Jose Ruiz, Francisco Jose Martinez, Manuel Ortega, José Antonio Lopez Gil and Antonio Piedra.
Contentpolis-Ampo: Javier Benitez, Sergio Dominguez, Oscar Garcia-Casarrubios, Mikel Gaztanaga, Francisco Jose Pacheco, Adrian Palomares, Aitor Perez, Julian Sanchez and Manuel Vazquez.
Xacobeo Galicia: Ezequiel Mosquera David Garcia Da Pena Gustavo Cesar Veloso, Gustavo Dominguez, Serafin Martinez, Gonzalo Rabunal, David Herrero, Alberto Fernandez, Eduard Vorganov.
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