Bring on La Vuelta

Team looks to the mountains to shine

September 6, 2022

On Wednesday evening, our six-rider squad will roll down the start ramp in Marina de Cudeyo in Spain’s scenic Cantabria, marking the beginning of our Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta.

This year sees the eighth and longest edition of La Vuelta to date, having grown from a one-day race to its current format of five stages. The route wastes no time as it gets underway with a fast and flat team time trial that skirts the Atlantic Ocean before diving right into the mountains for stages two and three. At 160 lumpy kilometers, the fourth stage will be the longest in the race’s history. On Sunday, the fifth and final stage is 17 laps through the green backdrop of Madrid’s celebrated Paisaje de la Luz.

We’re bringing a strong lineup to Spain. With climbing specialists Veronica and Krista, the team is particularly eager to head to the mountains in stages two and three. Hear from our six riders about their thoughts ahead of the Spanish stage race.

Letizia Borghesi
I’m excited about this Vuelta. We start with the team time trial which will be a really exciting moment. I like time trialing when it goes smoothly. We’ve practiced this and it will be great teamwork. Then we have four more stages where we can do really well.

Veronica Ewers
I am really excited about racing the Vuelta. It’s my first one. I really enjoy Spanish racing. I’ve had success in Spain previously so it’s exciting to be back and it’s always nice to be able to speak Spanish while I’m here. I’m also excited to get some racing in ahead of the World Championships later this month.

Krista Doebel-Hickok
We’re here with a really great group of racers, a versatile squad. We’ve got quite a few climbers here so we’re really looking forward to stage two. It’ll be great to see how we work together in the team time trial. Just take it one day at a time and finish the season on a high note. For some of our racers this will be their last race for the season and some of us are going to the World Championships so I’m looking to carry the momentum from a great season forward.

Sara Poidevin
I am super pleased to be here. This is my home-away-from-home country so it feels a little like a home race in a way. I think our approach to this race is one that favors being opportunistic and aggressive which I think suits us nicely. We’re excited and we’ll take it one day at a time and try to get the most out of each day. I’m excited to be here.

Omer Shapira
I am super excited to be here after a long time of not racing this season. I have no idea how my body will react but I’m happy to be back with the team. We have a strong team here so I think we can have a good race.

Lauren Stephens
I’m feeling good and feeling ready for the Vuelta. I’m excited to be racing. I enjoy stage races and it’s been awhile since my last one. I always enjoy having the hard racing day after day and seeing how the tactics play out. I’ll be the road captain here and I think we are ready to race.

How to follow: GCN+ and FloBikes will broadcast live coverage of every stage.

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