CyclingNews spoke to Tom Southam before the start of the Vuelta a España to learn about Cannondale-Drapac’s ambitions for the final Grand Tour of the season. With the late withdrawal of Davide Formolo due to illness, #GreenArgyle harbors no general classification goals and will instead be stage-hunting with its young, hungry squad.
For Cannondale-Drapac’s sport director Tom Southam and his riders, the Vuelta a España is not about cycling; it’s all about rugby. More or less.
“For them, it’s about picking up the ball and running with it,” Southam tells Cyclingnews, this being the director’s metaphor for how his team has to take the opportunities in the Vuelta the instant they come up, and use them to the best of their abilities.”
He points out that the team have no major GC ambitions this year, after Andrew Talansky, fifth last year, suffered a knee problem following the Clásica San Sebastian and Davide Formolo, ninth, came down with bronchitis after the Tour de Pologne.
“We’ve no major initial GC ambitions, which means every day is an opportunity. That’s how we raced the Giro d’Italia, at the start, and Davide Formolo ended up doing well. It was how we started racing the Tour, up to a point, and things built from there [all the way to second overall for Rigoberto Uran – Ed.]. If we could get a stage win, say, in all three major Tours, that would be amazing.”