Cannondale-Drapac will take to the start of the 63rd Ruta Ciclista del Sol, also known as the Vuelta a Andalucia, on Wednesday February 15. The five-day stage race starts off with two challenging mountain stages, followed by a short individual time trial and two stages with potentially bunch sprint finishes.
The Ruta del Sol will mark Cannondale-Drapac’s first use of disc brakes at a race.
Sport director Andreas Klier said: “Cannondale and Slipstream Sports came up with a disc-brake plan for the season, which includes different bike races throughout the year. In all of those races we will use disc brakes for the entire team, not just several riders. We are looking forward to use this year’s Vuelta a Andalucia as our debut race. We are keen to enjoy its advantages and together with Cannondale, we will use the riders’ feedback for upcoming disc brake race events.”
Sport director Juan Manuel Garate said: “The Ruta del Sol is very interesting for all WorldTour teams, as it’s only two weeks away from the first WorldTour races in Europe. It’s an experienced organisation and normally the weather is good. We’re looking for a good performance by Hugh Carthy and are aiming for the GC with Rigoberto Uran. We also see chances for Tom Van Asbroeck in stages four and five.”
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The Vuelta a Andalucia – Ruta del Sol will be shown daily on Eurosport between 3.30 and 5.00PM CET.
Cannondale-Drapac for Ruta del Sol:
Nate Brown (USA)
Hugh Carthy (GRB)
Simon Clarke (AUS)
Kristijan Koren (SLK)
Pierre Rolland (FRA)
Rigoberto Uran (COL)
Tom Van Asbroeck (BEL)