It’s time for the Vuelta for Sam Bewley; who is set to return to the race in 2016!  The announcement was made by Orica-BikeExchange, who made the announcement of the team to take on this year’s edition of the race.

This year sees Sam Bewley line up for his third Vuelta a Espana.  He missed the 2015 race, but rode the 2013 and 2014 races; completing the latter edition of the race.  This year though sees much different in the Orica-BikeExchange team from the outfit that lined up for the 2014 race.  Back in 2014 the team’s best GC position was 41st with Esteban Chaves.  Michael Matthews spent three days in the red leader’s jersey and won stage 3, but they were not a team that posed any GC threat.

That, however, all changed in 2015.  Bewley was absent from the race, but Chaves was anything but.  The Colombian soared into the attentions of the cycling public with two stage wins and six days in the red jersey.  Eventually he went on to finish fifth overall behind race winner Fabio Aru.

Esteban Chaves will be back for more in 2016, having grown ever further in his GC capacity.  The 26 year old finished 2nd in the Giro d’Italia earlier this year and for that reason clearly presents a threat to the likes of Chris Froome and Alberto Contador; both of whom rode the Tour de France earlier this year.

Sam Bewley’s preparation for this year’s Vuelta a Espana has incorporated precious little racing since his Giro d’Italia support role for Chaves.  He rode the Tour de Suisse directly after the Giro, but then Bewley took a break.  He returned at the Tour de Pologne and RideLondon Classic but hasn’t ridden since.  It’s been almost three weeks since Bewley’s last race but he’ll doubtless be ready to go as he joins Svein Tuft as two of the team’s ‘Big Three’.

The full line up for Orica BikeExchange at the 2016 Vuelta a Espana is below:

Sam Bewley

Esteban Chaves

Magnus Cort

Simon Gerrans

Jack Haig

Damien Howson

Jens Keukeleire

Svein Tuft

Simon Yates


Photo:  Sirotti


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