Five British riders will line up for the 2016 Vuelta a España, which starts on Saturday August 20
Tour de France winner Chris Froome is set to lead Team Sky, and he will be backed-up by compatriot Peter Kennaugh.
The fourth British rider in Hugh Carthy, whose Caja Rural-Seguros RGA team were given a wildcard invitation.
The new addition to British contingent is Scott Thwaites, who is listed on Bora-Argon 18’s roster ahead of Saturday’s opening stage.
British riders at the 2016 Vuelta a España
Chris Froome (Team Sky)
Chris Froome will continue his busy racing schedule by taking the start at the Vuelta. Earlier in the summer, the Team Sky leader successfully defended his Tour de France crown before heading to Brazil to compete in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
The rider looked off his best in the Olympic road race but managed to find his way onto the bottom step of the podium in the time trial.
With two second places and a fourth from previous rides in the Vuelta, Froome has spoken of “unfinished business” in the Spanish race so expect to see him going for the win.
Simon Yates (Orica-BikeExchange)
Adam went on to be the breakthrough rider of the Tour, so Simon will no doubt be looking to do the same at the Vuelta.
Lining up alongside Orica teammate Esteban Chaves, Yates will likely have a co-leader role as the Australian team looks to challenge for the GC.
Chaves came second in this year’s Giro d’Italia and enjoyed spells in the leader’s jersey at the 2015 Vuelta, as well as taking two stage wins.
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Hugh Carthy (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)
Hugh Carthy will be at the Vuelta thanks to his Spanish Caja Rural-Seguros RGA team being granted one of the wildcard slots for this year’s race.
The young British rider is a strong climber so will be in the mix in the mountains, and will surely challenge for stage wins.
Scott Thwaites (Bora-Argon 18)
Making his Grand Tour debut, Scott Thwaites is known for his aggressive riding in the Spring Classics so expect to see him challenging for stage wins.
Thwaites’s best result came at Le Samyn in March when he attacked but couldn’t hold off Niki Terpstra (Etixx-Quick Step), and crossed the line second.
Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky)
Peter Kennaugh dropped out of the Olympic Games after he struggled to find form following an injury.
Hi return to racing will see him working for Team Sky leader Froome during the three-week race, a role he has played before at the Tour de France.