"I hope we come with two or more medals." Pascual Momparler, Spanish coach, is excited about the team's options at the 2019 World Cup, which will be held from September 22 to 29 in Yorkshire (United Kingdom). The main bet will be Alejandro Valverde, who will fight to win back the title last year in Innsbruck.
The Spanish coach announced in Guadalajara, the pre-selection of 16 runners to cite the background test. Valverde and the eight chosen will be confirmed next Tuesday, at the end of the Tour of Spain and the Montreal Grand Prix. The list, in addition to Murcia, is made up of four Movistar cyclists: Imanol Erviti, Mikel Landa, José Joaquín Rojas and Marc Soler; four of the Astana: Omar Fraile, Ion Izagirre, Gorka Izagirre and Luis León Sánchez; two of the Ineos: David de la Cruz and Jonathan Castroviejo, one of the Mitchelton-Scott: Mikel Snow; one from Bahrain Merida: Iván García Cortina, one from Cofidis: Jesús Herrada, one from Deceuninck: Enric Mas, and another from Caja Rural: Álex Aranburu.
The representatives in the time trial on Wednesday 25, 54 kilometers, will be Castroviejo and Lluis Mas (Movistar).
"In contact with Landa"
All those who were with Valverde in the capital of Tyrol have been called again (Fraile, Ion Izagirre, Herrada, De la Cruz, Castroviejo, Nieve and Mas), although several could be left out. Assuming that García Cortina will resist in the final list, Landa and Aranburu also have great possibilities. "I keep in touch with Landa and I think it can have a perfect place," Momparler said.
The technician acknowledged that Valverde's options to repeat the title are complicated, because the circuit is less hard than in 2018: "The route includes three 8% steep and the end is an 800 meter ramp, 7%. We are not favorites. , but we will be there. The most powerful selections will be Italy, Holland, Belgium and France. "
At the end of the Tour, the team will focus on Alicante from September 20 to 26.
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