The 17 Spaniards who will be in the Tour de France 2020

After France, with 38, Spain is the second country, tied with Belgium, in terms of number of runners, both with 17. Far from the 32 of 2010.

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This Saturday, in Nice, begins the 107th edition of the Tour de France, with 22 teams made up of eight riders for a total of 176, of which 17 are Spanish. In fact, Spain will be the second country with the most participants after France (38) and tied with Belgium, also with 17. Behind are Italy (16), Germany (12) and Colombia (10), among other powers. For Spanish cycling it will be the highest number of riders since 2016, with 18, and far from other times such as 32 in 2010. There will be a Spanish team, Movistar, being the second with a higher average age (32 years and 161 days) and with the oldest runner, Alejandro Valverde, who turned 40 last April. We review the 17 Spanish runners, from the youngest to the oldest.

Enric Mas (Movistar, 25 years old, 4 victories in his career, 1 participation in the Tour)

It will be the second Tour de France for the Balearic Islands after debuting in the French round last year with Deceuninck. He will form a trident with Alejandro Valverde and Marc Soler in a Movistar that, after changing a large part of the squad for this season, wants to be present in the noble positions of the race.Marc Soler (Movistar, 26, 3, 2)

He was scheduled to go to the Giro d'Italia, but after a change of plans, the Catalan rider will finally start the game in Nice. The passage of time will tell if he can fight for top positions or go in search of stages.

Carlos Verona (Movistar, 27, 0, 1)

Comes to the Tour for the second consecutive year in the ranks of the Navarrese squad to work and protect their leaders, especially on the plains.

Jesús Herrada (Cofidis, 30, 15, 5)

The one from Mota del Cuervo arrives with enthusiasm in the Tour. His team, Cofidis, has Guillaume Martin as a man for the general, although the Cuenca will be second and, failing that, will seek the stage victory, as he already achieved last year in the Tour of Spain.

Omar Fraile (Astana, 30, 6, 2)

His is the last Spanish victory in the Tour de France. It was in 2018, in Mende after a great comeback on the break, and this year he will try to achieve a similar feat in addition to helping a team led by Superman López.

Pello Bilbao (Bahrain, 30, 10, 1)

One of Mikel Landa's squires who will also fight for the stage win, like the two he achieved in last year's Giro d'Italia. He comes from being champion of Spain of time trial.

Mikel Landa (Bahrain, 30, 15, 4)

"I travel with the aim of winning the Tour," Landa told AS before leaving for the race. Little more explanation is needed. Bahrain have taken an eight around the Vitoriano, who feels he is facing one of the great opportunities of his career.

David de la Cruz (UAE, 31, 5, 1)

It will be his second Tour, the first with the UAE, a team he joined this season from Ineos. With Pogacar and Aru, as a partner, the Catalan will be there to help their leaders and fight for the stage victory.

Ion Izagirre (Astana, 31, 12, 5)

The youngest of the Izagirre who already knows what it's like to win a stage in the Tour de France (in 2016 with Movistar). Astana has several men to fight for partial triumphs in addition to helping Superman. Ion is one of them.

Gorka Izagirre (Astana, 32, 9, 7)

Like his brother, I work for Superman and possible getaway adventures. He is in great shape: 2nd in the Nationals and winner of the Great Trittico Lombardo this month, the only Spanish victory at the continental level after confinement.

Rafa Valls (Bahrain, 33, 4, 4)

Another of Mikel Landa's squires. The Alicante, after two seasons at Movistar, will play his first Tour with Bahrain, whose main objective is the final victory of Murgia.

Jonathan Castroviejo (Ineos, 33, 10, 5)

Despite the enormous quality of the Ineos staff, Castroviejo is always a fixture for his enormous work for the team. A specialist against the clock, in the plains and the beginnings of the port, he is one of those in charge of leading the squad. The objective will be to protect Bernal.

José Joaquín Rojas (Movistar, 35, 10, 7)

A veteran with extensive experience on the Tour, always in the Movistar structure. Work and more work for the team together with his great friend, and also from Murcia, Alejandro Valverde.

Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton, 36, 5, 5)

With Esteban Chaves and Adam Yates being leaders, Snow aims to once again be one of the most precious gregarious in the peloton and always be in the final moments. His perseverance means that he always finishes the grand tours around the top 15 places. You can also fight for winning stages, as you have already done in Giro y Vuelta.

Luis León Sánchez (Astana, 36, 44, 9)

The fourth Spanish (half of the team) of Astana. The Murcian comes from being champion of Spain and arrives at a great moment in a career in which he has raised his arms up to four times, although the last eight years ago.Imanol Erviti (Movistar, 36, 3, 10)

Another of the Movistar who knows the French roads by heart and will be a gregarious person of great importance for Valverde, Mas and Soler in their aspirations.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar, 40, 127, 12)

From this Saturday, he will compete in his Tour 12 + 1, as he himself put on social networks. In 2015 he achieved one of the challenges he most sought in his career by getting on the podium in Paris (third) and has four stages, the last in 2012. No one knows if it will be his last Tour (2021 will be his last year), but one Once again, it will be one of the great attractions of Spanish cycling in the most prestigious race on the planet.



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