Caja Rural-Seguros RGA line up a strengthful team for their eight consecutive Vuelta

Posted On:08.19.2019

Once again, Caja Rural-Seguros RGA looks forward to its main sporting challenge of the season: the Vuelta a España. The team has not missed this race since 2012, showing combativeness and attitude in each of their participations.

However, the green squad does not want to lose their hallmarks for their eighth consecutive Vuelta, with a young and strong lineup and many riders formed in the elite and sub 23 team. Of the eight cyclists who make up the alignment, three count 24 years or less. The most veteran will be Pardilla, who faces his sixth Vuelta aged 35. However, the staff has not had it easy to select the eight men for the great Spanish round, leaving out riders who have shown very good level in recent weeks.

The line up of Caja Rural-Seguros RGA for the Vuelta 2019 comprise: Jon Aberasturi, Álex Aranburu, Sergei Chernetskii, Domingos Gonçalves, Jonathan Lastra, Sergio Pardilla Cristian Rodríguez and Gonzalo Serrano.

Three riders have passed through the feeder team of the Professional-Continental squad (Lastra, Rodríguez and Serrano). Furthermore, the 2019 edition means the debut in this race for two of them: Gonçalves and Serrano.

José Miguel Fernández (sports director): We arrive with our eight most qualified riders to face a race like La Vuelta a España. It is a very compensated team to try to perform well in all areas. On the one hand, we have Aberasturi or Aranburu, who have proven to be at a very high level In the last Tour of Burgos. Jon is a purer sprinter, while Alex is better at the finals with more demanding climb. On the other hand, Lastra, Serrano, Chernetskii or Gonçalves will take care of give us presence in those breaks that may reach and will reach the finish line. Finally, Cristian and Pardilla are our climbers, which will surely shine in the mountain stages. 

We have a plus of confidence thanks to the performance in Vuelta Burgos. The Vuelta is a very different and much more demanding race than Burgos, but these last results always make us dream a little stronger with a stage victory in La Vuelta a España This will be the main objective for us and we will fight every day, without forgetting that we must be protagonists as much as possible.

The mountain marks again the route of la Vuelta

Unipublic has opted another season for a spectacular route that begins Saturday 24th with a team time trial in the Salinas de Torrevieja (Alicante). Until the arrival to Madrid on September 15th, we will have nine mountain stages, six with a hill finish and a ITT in Pau (France).

As usual, the mountain will arrive soon (Javalambre, 5th stage). It will be only a prelude to two other mountain stages: Ares del Maestrat and Mas de la Costa. The Pyrenees will leave an explosive day with outcome in Cortals d’Encamp, the end of the first block of the race.

After the ITT, the riders will face a nervous stage with arrival to Urdax-Dantxarinea and the finish in Bilbao, which will surely become one of the most vibrant days of this edition. Without rest, they will climb Los Machucos, one of the hardest ports of the Vuelta. There will be another four days of mountain remaining: two in Asturias (Acebo and La Cubilla) and another two near Madrid (Becerril de la Sierra and Plataforma de Gredos).