Cofidis at the vuelta

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Cofidis at the vuelta
Published on 2021-08-13 12:06:35
Updated on 2021-08-13 12:09:00
It has now become a habit: the Cofidis team likes to shine on the roads of the Vuelta. In recent years, David Moncoutié, Nicolas Edet, Jesus Herrada and Guillaume Martin have demonstrated this. This season, with Guillaume and Jesus as leaders of the squad, the northern formation will do everything to experience new emotions and beautiful successes on the roads of the most prestigious Spanish race.

It is a tradition, a history that the riders are committed, season after season, to enriching. On the roads of the Vuelta, from the peaks of the Pyrenees to the sun-scorched lands of Andalusia, the Cofidis team has become accustomed to distinguishing itself, playing the leading roles and shining.

Last year, it was Guillaume Martin who won the polka-dot jersey for best climber. A season earlier, Jesús Herrada raised his arms and Nicolas Edet wore the red leader's jersey. And everyone remembers the ease of David Moncoutié, best climber on four occasions and winner of four stages.

Guillaume Martin, a leader eager to shine

This season, the Nordic formation will not lack arguments to illustrate itself at the Vuelta. Guillaume Martin will be the leader: the climber, best Frenchman in the last Tour de France, will know how to use all his qualities to shine as soon as the road rises. Jesús Herrada, adept at long breakaways in the high mountains, will also be in the ranks to aim for a stage win.

Alongside them, they will be able to count on the experience of José Herrada (35) and the fire of Fernando Barcelo (25), fourth in the last Tour of Wallonia. The Belgian Piet Allegaert (26) will try to do well in the stages for backpackers.He will participate in the first major Tour of his career and will be assisted by Emmanuel Morin (26).

The latter will compete in his 2nd Grand Tour, one year after discovering the Vuelta. Rémy Rochas (25) will also continue to sharpen his skills as he has already taken part in the Giro this year. Finally, this Vuelta will also be a big first for Eddy Finé (23), who is well prepared to help his teammates and do everything to shine.

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