Vuelta a Espana: Talansky heads up Cannondale-Drapac roster

American aiming for top overall finish in Madrid

As expected, a reinvigorated  Andrew Talansky will lead the Cannondale-Drapac team at the Vuelta a Espana, which begins in Ourense, in northern Spain, with a team time trial on Saturday.

Joining the 2014 Critérium du Dauphiné winner will be fellow Americans Joe Dombrowski and Ben King, Italians Moreno Moser, Davide Formolo and Davide Villela, Australian Simon Clarke, Kiwi Patrick Bevin and French climber Pierre Rolland, who lead the Cannondale-Drapac team at the Tour de France.

Talansky showed sparks of his old form at the Tour of Utah earlier this month, winning the queen stage and finishing third overall, the kind of results that have been conspicuously absent from his palmares since his crash in the 2014 Tour de France. He said he is looking forward to tackling the for Vuelta the fifth time after opting to miss the Tour de France.

"I am really looking forward to the entire three weeks of racing, taking it day by day, and I'm excited to see where I can end up when we arrive to Madrid," Talansky said, when the team line-up was confirmed.

"The Vuelta is always a challenging race. It's a little less predictable than the Tour for example with a mix of punchier uphill finishes alone with a few more traditional mountain stages packed with back-to-back long climbs. The individual TT and the stage 20 uphill finish are two I am really looking forward to."

The Vuelta's main challenges begin with the HC ascent of Lagos de Covadonga on stage 10, followed by the summit finish on the Col d'Aubisque on stage 14, a short but intense 118.5km mountain stage the next day and, after the second rest day, two more summit finishes and a 37km individual time trial making for a tough last week.

"I am usually my best in the third week, so having some harder stages back loaded like that leaves a lot of opportunity to move up the standings at the very end of the race," Talansky said.

In his five starts, Talanksy's best overall finish was seventh in 2012, and he hopes to go better this year. "Personally I would like put in a good overall GC ride, improving upon the last time I focused on GC in this race in 2012. I've had a smooth run in to the race and I just want to get the most out of myself."

Cannondale-Drapac for the Vuelta a España: Patrick Bevin, Simon Clarke, Joe Dombrowski, Davide Formolo, Ben King, Moreno Moser, Pierre Rolland, Andrew Talansky, Davide Villella.

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