Vuelta invite for Team Sky
Brailsford hails 'great news' for the team
By Jonathan Turner. Last Updated: 14/06/10 7:07pm
Brailsford: Delighted at news
Team Sky have been invited by the organisers to ride in this year's Vuelta a España, the third and final Grand Tour of the season.
They are one of 22 teams who will line up in Seville on 28 August for the 75th edition of the race, which runs until 19 September.
The list features 16 teams that were pre-selected under an agreement with the UCI and organisers Unipublic in 2008 as well as the six others that were invited.
Team Sky secured one of the six invitations, with the others being Andalucía - Cajasur, Cervélo TestTeam, Garmin - Transitions, Team Katusha and Xacobeo Galicia.
Dave Brailsford, team principal of Team Sky, was understandably delighted, telling www.teamsky.com: "It's very, very pleasing to know that we'll be taking part in the Vuelta this year - it's great news for the team.
"It's terrific to be able to race in the Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España in our debut season and that has always been a big aim for us.
"It's been one of the hardest Vueltas to get into for a number of years and we never took anything for granted. The process started a little while ago and this news today is a real vote of confidence in the team and everything we are trying to do with it.
"We'll have a really strong squad and the riders are all ready for it - we're delighted to be given the opportunity to fly the Team Sky flag in such a significant event."