The Spanish Spiuk-Extremadura team has announced its line-up for the 46th edition of the Vuelta Ciclista a La Rioja, a mountainous three-day stage race that starts April 21 in Calahorra, Spain.
The team will field Fernando Torres, Jesús Ramírez, Rafael Macarrón, Enrique Salgueiro, Josu Mondelo, Ángel Rodríguez, Pedro Romero, Ignacio Sarabia.
Each of the three stages of the Vuelta a La Rioja involves some significantly hilly country. There are two category three climbs in the first stage; stage two finishes at almost 2100m altitude at Cruz de la Demanda and stage three crosses the category one Alta de la Herrera.
Only one ProTour team will take part in the Vuelta a La Rioja, Spain's Caisse D'Epargne - Illes Balears. The majority of the field will be made up of Continental Professional and Continental teams: Comunidad Valenciana; Relax - Gam; Kaiku; Andalucia - Paul Versan; 3 Molinos Resort; Ceramica Panaria - Navigare; Cycle Racing Team Vang; Atom - Azpiru; Orbea; Grupo Nicolas Mateos; and Spiuk - Extremadura.