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“We have the best general classification riders we can put together, we have all three of them here, and that is going to be a bit of a challenge,” said sports director Neil Stephens.
“It’s an exciting challenge for us all to focus on, but at the end of the day the team is our leader and all three riders have always fully committed to that.
“We did it at the Vuelta last year with Simon and Esteban and in the final the race is sorted out on the road. Despite finishing with a top 10 himself, Simon was selfless in his support of our podium finish. The aim is a team result in Madrid, who it is, it doesn’t matter.”
This will be the first time since the 2015 Tour de France that both of the Yates brothers have raced in the same Grand Tour.
As well as their overall ambitions, the Australian team will also travel to the start in Nîmes on August 19 with sprint options in the form of Magnus Cort Nielsen, winner of the final stage of the 2016 Vuelta, and Christopher Juul-Jensen.
Orica-Scott team for Vuelta a España
Magnus Cort Nielsen