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Mollema will be supported by Zoidl and Stetina in the mountains while Felline, Reijnen and Stuyven will target the sprints

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BAUKE MOLLEMA

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FABIO FELLINE

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JASPER STUYVEN

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MARKEL IRIZAR ARANBURU

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PETER STETINA

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RICCARDO ZOIDL

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TREK - SEGAFREDO

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VUELTA A ANDALUCIA

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03.01.2016 @ 12:10 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

The US Trek-Segafredo team will once again participate in the Vuelta a Andalucia. The former Trek Factory Racing Team has been renamed Trek-Segafredo after the arrival of the Italian coffee company as co-sponsor, the brand being committed to the US squad for a minimum of three years. Therefore, the new Trek-Segafredo will line up in Spain with an international line-up.

 

Trek Factory Racing is the continuation of RadioShack - Nissan that took over from Leopard Trek. Both Leopard and RadioShack have participated in the Andalusian race highlighting and have won the teams classification and the overall with Markel Irizar in 2011.  The "new" Trek-Segafredo will participate in the Ruta del Sol for the third time after having achieved 17 individual victories in 2015, bringing the total to 124 since 2011.

 

Sports director Josu Larrazabal will lead Bauke Mollema, Markel Irizar, Kiel Reijnen, Jasper Stuyven, Peter Stetina, Fabio Felline and Riccardo Zoidl in the Spanish race.


• Bauke Mollema is a Dutch rider who turns 29 during the second year in the team which he joined after eight years as part of the Rabobank-Belkin structure. He is a born climber and a rider for stage races. As a young rider he took wins in both the Tour de l'Avenir and the Circuito MontañésHe has won ten races as a professional, a stage in the Vuelta a Espana and the Tour of Poland, the points classification in the Vuelta and stages in the Tour de Suisse and Tour of Norway. Last year he obtained two victories: Japan Cup and Tour of Alberta, having been second in the Vuelta a Murcia and Tirreno - Adriatico. In addition to his good performances in the Grand Tours he has done well in Andalucia where he has participated six times. In 2010, when Michael Rogers won, he was fifth overall after finishing fourth in the stage that ended in Antequera and fifth in the prologue. In 2012 he was twelfth overall, having been eighth in the final stage that ended in La Guardia de Jaén. In 2013 he was third behind Valverde and Van den Broeck and was also third in the stage that ended in Ubrique, fourth in Rincon de la Victoria, fifth in Montilla and tenth in the prologue in Cadiz. In 2014 he was sixth in the overall standings, having been second in the first stage in Jaén and seventh in Santuario Virgen de la Sierra in Cabra. In 2016, he will again target the overall standings.

 

• Markel Irizar is a 34-year-old Spanish rider who is ready for  his seventh season in the team, having previously spent six years at Euskaltel Euskadi. He will begin his thirteenth season as a professional. His first major victory came at the Vuelta a Andalucia in 2011 with his overall triumph after he was second in the stages to Benahavis and San Fernando. Teamwork played a crucial role in his victory as recognized by the rider himself. It will be his fifth participation in the Ruta del Sol. 

 

• Kiel Reijnen is a 29-year-old American who joins Trek after having spent the previous three years at UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team. In 2015 he won stages in the Tour of Utah and the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. He won a bronze medal at the American Championships. He has a total of 12 individual victories, mostly in the United States. It will be his first appearance in Andalusia. 

 

• Jasper Stuyven, is a Belgian who will turn 23 dyring his third year at Trek-Segafredo, having previously been with continental teams for three years. He has done the Vuelta a Espana on two occasions: in 2014 he was in the top 10 six times and last year he won a the eighth stage between Puebla de Don Fadrique and Murcia. He has three individual victories. He will compete in Andalusia for the first time.

 

• Peter Stetina is a 28-year-old American who joins Trek after two years at the BMC Racing Team. Previously, he spent five years at the different structures of Garmin. As a professional he has failed to win a race as he has mostly been riding as a domestique in the mountains. He won the U23 Ronde de l'Isard and will make his debut in Andalusia.

 

• Fabio Felline is a 25-year-old Italian who will be part of the Trek team for a second year, having previously been with Androni Giocattoli - Venezuela, Geox - TMC, Footon - Servetto, and De Nardi Bergamasca Daigo during his first five years. He has taken 11 victories in his career. Last season he won three races: A time trial in the Criterium International wher he finished third overal a stage in the Tour of the Basque Country in Vitoria  where he beat Michael Matthews in a sprint, and the GP Fourmies. He was second in a stage of the Giro which ended in Sestri Levante behind Matthews and ahead Philippe Gilbert. It will be his debut in Andalusia. 

 

• Riccardo Zoidl is a 27-year-old Austrian who will compete with Trek Factory Racing Team for a third year after he arrived from Gourmetfein Simplon with which he took a total of eleven wins. He has been National Champion of Austria and is a talented stage race rider. He has failed to win at Trek. He has never raced in the Spanish race before.

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