Meet The American And Canadian Riders in the Vuelta 2018
6 American and 2 Canadian riders will be racing in the Vuelta a España 2018, the 3rd Grand Tour of the season. Just one North American has won the Vuelta in 73 editions: Chris Horner in 2013.
No outright GC favorite amongst this group but at least one contender for stages wins with Mike Woods if he finds his form following a wound infection. Sepp Kuss has just come off a dominant win in the mountainous Tour of Utah but this will be his first 3-week Grand Tour.
The Vuelta is always an exciting race, possibly the most exciting of the year, so who knows what will happen.
Brent last rode the Vuelta in 2012. His role will be crucial in protecting a possible race overall favorite, Richie Porte.
Almost a veteran of the Vuelta now and just weeks after riding the Tour de France, Ian will hope to better his breakout 3rd place in the queen stage in 2015. His priority however will be to help his leader Zakarin.
Riding in his spectacular Canadian national road champion kit, Antoine will be tasked with protecting his team leader Thibaut Pinot and maybe getting into a breakaway when he can.
2018 will be Ben's first season with two Grand Tours. The team wants him to be an element in the "backbone of [the team's] strong climbing line-up" to support team leader Louis Meintjes' GC ambitions.
All-rounder / Climber
With stunning climbing and a GC win at the Tour of Utah, Sepp more than confirmed his Vuelta (his 1st Grand Tour) call up. The Colorado native will be riding for his LottoNL leader George Bennett.
Kiel's role will be to help sprinter Giacomo Nizzolo get a result in the flat stages. Coz he's "gotta keep on rockin', someday gonna make it to the top"
The US national time trial champion will have 2 TT to shine in and plenty of responsibility in a traditionally TTT dominant team and is lead by one of the race favorites, Richie Porte.