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Cofidis, Solutions Crédits

Daniel Navarro will be the leader of the Cofidis team in the Vuelta, although he may not be the fittest of riders after taking part in two weeks of the Tour de France before pulling out with gastric problems. Jérôme Coppel and Christophe Le Mevel have previously been protected riders and have achieved notable Grand Tour results in the past, however both are enlisted to work for Navarro this time around. It will be the first three-week race that either will have ridden this year so both should be well prepared for the challenge and in a good position to protect their team leader.

Yoann Bagot has been chosen to provide further climbing support, having finished 21st in last year's race, while Luis Ángel Maté and Guillaume Levarley will also prove to be assets when the road heads uphill. The final part of the team will be made up from riders who specialise in flatter terrain, with Gert Jõeäär likely to try his luck in bunch finishes and Romain Hardy and Romain Zingle working as rouleurs.

Key Rider: Daniel Navarro - (Spain)

Daniel Navarro spent a large part of his career as one of Alberto Contador's (Tinkoff-Saxo) most trusted lieutenants, but has since demonstrated that he can be highly competitive when given team leadership responsibilities. He achieved his best Grand Tour finish in his first season for Confidis, by finishing 9th in the 2013 Tour de France after a gutsy attack on stage 19's Col de la Croix Fry.

Navarro suffered from bad luck in this year's Tour, though showed that he still has his climbing legs. He lost a lot of time behind crashes on flat stages in the Tour's first week and ultimately withdrew with poor health, but he took part in the race's first mountain stage and finished ahead of a Haimar Zubeldia, Laurens ten Dam, and Bauke Mollema on the ascent to La Planche des Belles Filles, all of whom eventually finished in the top ten. The Spaniard's best result in his home Grand Tour was 13th place in 2009, and he will be hoping to improve on that given that he is a protected part of a decent climbing squad.

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Yoann Bagot - (France)

Jérôme Coppel - (France)

Romain Hardy - (France)

Gert Jõeäär - (Estonia)

Christophe Le Mével - (France)

Guillaume Levarlet - (France)

Luis Ángel Maté - (Spain)

Daniel Navarro - (Spain)

Romain Zingle - (Belgium)

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