Bahrain-McLaren hand Grand Tour debuts to younger Brits as Wout Poels will get crew management at Vuelta a España – Biking Weekly

Bahrain-McLaren hand Grand Tour debuts to young Brits as Wout Poels gets team leadership at Vuelta a España - Cycling Weekly

Bahrain-McLaren will hand two younger British riders Grand Tour debuts in addition to Wout Poels the crew management function on the upcoming Vuelta a España.

Fred Wright and Stephen Williams will line-up as two of three Brits for Rod Ellingworth’s crew in Spain, with Scott Davies additionally set to journey his second-ever Grand Tour after competing within the Giro d’Italia final 12 months for Dimension Knowledge.

“For Davies and Williams this would be the first race after a very long time, so we’ll see what they’ll present,” sports activities director Gorazd Štangelj stated. “And Wright is without doubt one of the most proficient younger riders in our crew and there’ll certainly be a stage or two the place he can present his finest.”

21-year-old Wright has impressed in his debut skilled season regardless of the coronavirus disruption, having gained WorldTour stage racing expertise on the Tour of Poland and can make his Monument debut on the Tour of Flanders, two days earlier than the beginning of the Spanish Grand Tour.

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The crew will go to the Vuelta with two targets: aiming for stage wins with Matej Mohorič and giving Wout Poels a tilt on the normal classification. That’s one thing the Dutch rider arrived at Bahrain-McLaren to pursue, with probabilities for private glory slim at his earlier employers Ineos.

“Within the race, our key goal might be to provide sufficient help to Wout. And I believe that regardless of all of the restrictions and the busy calendar we have been capable of convey collectively a powerful crew to do this,” Štangelj added.

In addition to precautions across the coronavirus pandemic, the sports activities director expects the time of 12 months, a number of weeks later than the Spanish Grand Tour’s normal September slot, will play a component.

“One other issue that may have an incredible impact on the race would be the anticipated chilly, moist, and wet climate, which is conventional for this a part of Spain throughout this time. However regardless of all these challenges, we’ll make the very best out of it.”

Numerous star riders will line up on the Vuelta a España, together with Ineos’ Richard Carapaz and Chris Froome, Jumbo-Visma’s Primož Roglič and Tom Dumoulin, in addition to Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ).

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