The time for the last Grand Tour of the season has come: the Vuelta a Espana will start on Saturday, August 19th with a 13,7 km Team Time Trial in Nîmes (France) and finish on Sunday, September 10th in Madrid (Spain). Team LottoNL-Jumbo, equipped with Bianchi high-performance bikes featuring Countervail® technology, eyes success through the 21 days of one of the World’s biggest stage race.
The race route, with nine uphill finishes, suits well Steven Kruijswijk’s climbing skills. The 30-year-old Dutchman – fourth overall at the 2016 Giro d’Italia, with five days in pink jersey – recently displayed his good shape in the mountain stages of the Tour de l’Ain and will be the team headliner for the Spanish campaign. New Zealander George Bennett – 10th last year at the Vuelta a Espana and overall winner of the 2017 Amgen Tour of California – will be a key support for Kruijswijk’s GC ambitions but he could also aim for stage wins, while Spaniard Juan José Lobato, fresh stage winner at the Tour de l’Ain, will be the team’s card for the sprint finishes.
Team LottoNL-Jumbo's line-up for the 2017 Vuelta a Espana: George Bennett, Koen Bouwman, Stef Clement, Floris De Tier, Steven Kruijswijk, Bert-Jan Lindeman, Juan José Lobato, Daan Olivier and Antwan Tolhoek.
TEAM LOTTO.NL-JUMBO’S BIANCHI CV BIKES
Bianchi equips Team LottoNL-Jumbo with four models engineered with Countervail® viscoelastic carbon material: Oltre XR4, designed to maximize the aerodynamic advantage and control; the ultralight Specialissima, extra stiff for increased traction and stability at high speeds, and maximum control on the descents; Infinito CV that provides remarkable control on uneven surfaces and reduces muscolar fatigue; the ultime Time Trial machine Aquila CV, designed to increase power output and rider's energy, with maximum control with each pedal stroke.