CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

Absence of Rujano, Feillu and Markus leaves Dutch team with no other option than to attack with a young line-up

Photo: Sirotti

FREDERIK VEUCHELEN

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

GIRO D'ITALIA

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS

MARCO MARCATO

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

MARTIJN KEIZER

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

PIM LIGTHART

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

RAFAEL VALLS

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

VACANSOLEIL-DCM PRO CYCLING TEAM

TEAM PROFILE
|
NEWS

WILLEM WAUTERS

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS
02.05.2013 @ 20:48 Posted by Jesper Johannesen

With Jose Rujano ruled out due to his possible involvement with banned doctor Michele Ferrari and sprinters Romain Feillu and Barry Markus both unavailable due to injury, the Vacansoleil team has been forced to rethink their strategy for the Giro d'Italia. With a line-up mostly consisting of young riders the team hopes to be aggressive and take home a stage victory.

 

Last year the Vacansoleil team had a hugely successful Giro d'Italia with a victory in the queen stage and overall 3rd place for Thomas De Gendt. Despite the Belgian focusing on the Tour de France this year the team had hoped to once again be a protagonist in the mountains and in the GC due to the presence of its new signing Jose Rujano.

 

With Rujano ruled out of the race as a precautionary measure due to his possible involvement with banned doctor Michele Ferrari the team have put its GC hopes to rest and since the team's main sprinters Romain Feillu and Barry Markus have both been forced to cancel their participations due to injuries the team also has to rethink its strategy for the bunch kicks.

 

Instead of a line-up with clear leaders the team now travels to Italy with a number of young riders and stage hunters whose aggressive nature can hopefully lay the foundations for another victory for the Dutch team. Their most evident option is fast classics specialist Marco Marcato who was sidelined in the early part of the season due to an injury but is coming into form just in time for his home grand tour.

 

In the mountains the team hopes to shine through Rafael Valls who finally seems to have left his injury woes behind him and Rob Ruijgh who was the best Dutchman in the Tour de France in 2011. In the bunch kicks the team hopes to see the versatile Grega Bole and former Dutch champion Pim Ligthart mix it up - especially in the harder finishes.

 

The team is being completed by relentless attackers Martijn Keizer and Frederik Veuchelen and young talents Maurits Lammertink and Willem Wauters. The former is another sprint option for the team and he has delivered a number of strong results in his first full season with the team. Yesterday he survived the many climbs in the Rund um den Finanzplatz and managed to sprint to an 8th place behind a number of the world's best riders.

 

Starting on Saturday at 14.15 you can follow all the Giro stages on CyclingQuotes.com/live.

 

Vacansoleil-DCM for the Giro d'Italia
Grega Bole, Martijn Keizer, Maurits Lammertink, Pim Ligthart, Marco Marcato, Rob Ruijgh, Willem Wauters, Rafael Valls and Frederik Veuchelen

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

Bycykling 101: Navigering i byens gader og cykelvenlige... 27.11.2023 @ 12:11The Best Danish Cyclist To Bet On At 2022 Tour De France 13.01.2022 @ 15:262022 Upcoming Tournament Overview 03.01.2022 @ 09:45Best Place to Find Stand-Up Paddleboards 16.06.2021 @ 08:16What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21

Currently no news in this list

Jessica PHILLIPS
46 years | today
Adrien GORAND
39 years | today
Frank PIPP
47 years | today
Marco JIMENEZ
42 years | today
Nikol PLOSAJ
28 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com