Team leader Isaac Galvez
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Team of the paw has injury worries
Kelme-Costa Blanca have run into injury problems as they make their selections for the 2003 Giro. Directeur sportif Vicente Belda, as normal, made a selection of nine riders plus three substitutes. However, David Muñoz has fractured his clavicule and the three reserves are suffering from injury or sickness. So the “Green Army” enters the Giro at a slight disadvantage with only 8 riders making the starting lineup.
Team of the Paw
So the Kelme send a very youthful squad which has more in potential than palmares.
Isaac Galvez winner of Stage One and Stage four of the Challenge Illes Balears 2003 leads the squad. He was 121st in last year's Giro so he will be presumably stage hunting.
He will be joined by the Adolfo Garcia-Quesada, Carlos Garcia-Quesada, Ignacio Gutierrez, Jordi Riera, Alexis Rodriguez, Julian Usano and Constantino Zaballa.
So a youthful squad yet one which will no doubt surprise us once again, possibly the man to watch out for is Alexis Rodriguez. He had a great victory on stage 8 of the Volta a Portugal 2002 and may emerge from the shadows to be yet another tremendous find for the popular Spanish squad.
Jakob Duma adds these interesting comments -
"Both the Garcia Quesada brothers are excellent climbers, and should be showing of the Kelme jerseys well in the mountains, with big brother Carlos Garcia Quesada probably being the one, with the best chances as far as the overall classification in the Giro goes. (He in my opinion, could be an outside bet, for a final Top-10 placing on the GC).
"Isaac Galvez is a sprinter (as you mentioned yourself), and should be up there, every time the stages is decided in bunch arrivals.
"Constantino Zaballa is a really strong young fellow, who’s always very virile in his riding style, and he really attacks very often, and could be a good bet for a stage glory. He had a very good amateur career with many good performances and victories, and seems to be in good form at the moment, and should be able to show himself off a couple of times during the Giro.
"Jordi Riera is a former mountain bike rider, but who also had some good performances on the Spanish amateur scene in 1999 and 2000 as a part of Kelme's amateur team. His first season as a pro was rather quiet, he’s still young though, and maybe the Giro will be the place were he gets to shown himself of a bit, a couple of times!! We will see!!!"
No echelons in the mountains