Vuelta a Espana - McEwen absent for Katusha at Vuelta

Eurosport - Wed, 25 Aug 15:24:00 2010

Team Katusha will send a strong team to the Vuelta a Espana, although Robbie McEwen will not be present in Spain.

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The Russian-based team, founded at the start of 2009 after Tinkoff Credit System folded, have signed some big names, including McEwen, who was also omitted by Australia for the World Championships.

Filippo Pozzato and Gert Steegmans also joined as the team took stage wins in the 2009 and 2010 editions of the Tour De France.

They are carrying recent good form into the Vuelta, with McEwen victorious on the first stage of the Eneco Tour last week.

With McEwen absent will look to the likes of Joaquim Rodriguez for results.

The Portuguese rider has taken four first places this year alone, including the 12th stage of the Tour de France.

The Vuelta begins on August 28 and runs until September 19.

Riders: Joaquim Rodriguez, Vladimir Karpets, Filippo Pozzato, Giampaolo Caruso, Denis Galimzyanov, Vladimir Gusev, Joan Horrach, Mikhail Ignatyev, Alexander Kolobnev.


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