Alejandro Valverde, Samuel Sanchez, Luis Leon Sanchez, Jose Joaquin Rojas and Oscar Freire will lead Spain’s road cycling team at the London Olympics, the Spanish cycling federation announced on Friday. Reigning Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez and multiple Spanish time-trial champion Luis Leon Sanchez will also compete in the time-trial, the federation revealed.
“I think I have the best team possible,” said national team selector Jose Luis De Santos in a statement. “They have experience of big events like the Olympics or international races and from a human perspective, there are good enough relations between them, which is fundamental in an event like this.”
Nevertheless, De Santos admitted that, in the time-trial, “we don’t have the level to finish on the podium, against specialists like (Germany’s Tony) Martin, (Switzerland’s Fabian) Cancellara or (Great Britain’s Bradley) Wiggins, as we saw last year (at the World Road Championships).”