By Andrew Hood
Cadel Evans will lead Silence-Lotto at the 64th Vuelta a España with hopes of reaching the podium in the season’s final grand tour.
Evans struggled through the recent Tour de France, finishing out of the top 10 for the first time, but will be riding to make amends for a frustrating performance in July with something big at the Spanish tour.
The Aussie all-rounder has raced the Vuelta three times, abandoning in 2004, finishing 60th in 2004 and just missing the podium with fourth in 2007.
Supporting Evans will be compatriot Matthew Lloyd, who also raced the Tour, and Charlie Wegelius, the British climbing specialist who already finished the Giro d’Italia and the Tour this season.
The team will also bring promising young sprinter Jurgen Roelandts as well as stage-hunters Christophe Brandt and Mickael Delage.
Silence-Lotto for Vuelta a España: Christophe Brandt, Francis De Greef, Mickael Delage, Cadel Evans, Olivier Kaisen, Matthew Lloyd, Jurgen Roelandts, Charlie Wegelius