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SIDI, VAMOS A GANAR… - Sidi champions are ready for La Vuelta

After starring in the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France, Sidi is ready for the last major stage race of the season: La Vuelta.
It all starts on Saturday, August 25, with an 8 km, individual time trial in Malaga. The final finish line will be staged in Madrid on September 16. This race is a three week adventure, covering a total of 3257.7 km in 21 stages. On paper this promises to be one of the hardest and most spectacular editions of the last several seasons. There will be plenty of terrain for climbers, with no less than 8 uphill arrivals and a total of 46 mountain grand prix.

Almost one fourth of the pack on the roads of La Vuelta will be riding with Sidi on their feet. Out of the 176 riders, spread out over the 22 teams lining up at the start, 42 athletes use Sidi shoes.
Some of the World Tour teams on which all the riders use Sidi footwear include: Astana Pro Team, Bahrain Merida and Katusha-Alpecin, for a total of 24 riders.  Add to these another 18 riders distributed among the teams on the starting grid.

Just a reminder that this year with Chris Froome (Team Sky) Sidi scored overall victory in the Giro d’Italia and third place in the Tour de France.  The Brit winner of the 2017 Vuelta will not be participating this year. However, in the Sidi family there are plenty of big names who will surely be major contenders for the leader’s “la Roja” jersey on the final podium of La Vuelta in Madrid, as well as those riders vying for individual stage victories along the way.

First and foremost, Sidi is happy to welcome back Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida), who is returning to racing after an operation on his vertebrae following a fall on Alpe d'Huez in the latest Tour de France. “The Shark” won La Vuelta in 2010, and he came in second place twice (2013 and 2017). Obviously, Nibali will be setting off intent on getting back into top shape as he looks forward to the World Championships in Innsbruck at the end of September, where the route seems particularly suited to his skills.

Among those gunning for the final podium we will most likely see the Russian Ilnur Zakarin, who was third last year here in Spain. This year he will be the captain for team Katusha – Alpecin.

The Astana Pro Team will feature Colombian darling Miguel Angel Lopez, who won two stages in the last edition of La Vuelta and was third this year on the final podium for the Giro d’Italia.

For stage victories, team Mitchelton-Scott and Sidi can count on the new European Champion Matteo Trentin, while in the general classification everything will be riding on Britain’s Adam Yates.

And these aren’t all the Sidi champions in competition; in fact, the top riders feature Poland’s Michal Kwiatkowski, who won his native Tour de Pologne just a few days ago, and Colombian Sergio Henao, who both ride for Team Sky. On team EF Education First, pay attention to Colombian Rigoberto Uran and Frenchman Pierre Rolland. Finally, for the sprints Sidi can rely on Frenchman Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis).

Stay tuned; there are sure to be plenty of thrills…

 

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