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Andy [Luxembourg Finest] Saturday 27.Jan 16:59, 2018
I don't understand how anybody can complain at Vuelta wildcards. Cofidis is must because they are sponsor of the race, and three Spanish pro-conti teams who all need the wildcard to promote Spanish cycling and I rather want Basque team than Aqua Blue who doesn't have any big riders.

johnjackjoe [JohnJackJoe Racing] Saturday 27.Jan 16:31, 2018
12th FC-manager overall - 22th FC-manager last 6 weeks
It's only natural for the spanish race organiser to help the revitalization of spanish cycling. Burgos BH and Euskadi-Murias need these wildcards to have something to show to their sponsors, and with the career end of Purito and Pistolero they really need those new impulses. Otherwise the Vuelta will lose out a lot in their main market.

Furthermore I think Aqua Blue Sports is way overhyped. 22nd of the 2017 Europe Tour and without Denifl they would have no real success to show for. And Denifl isn't a wildcard maker.

Partykjeppen [Il Piccolo Partykjepps] Saturday 27.Jan 14:32, 2018
I'm very happy to see that Spanish cycling seems to be on a slightly upwards curve again after the abundance of both teams and races being discontinued the last five years.

Contador's new team should mean we'll get to see more Spaniards contest the bigger U23-races, new teams entering and existing ones upping their level means there is once again a natural pathway for these talents but also a more vivid undergrowth to sustain the community as a whole. Entering stage info for the first half of the season these last days, it's been great seeing a handful of new Spanish races enter the calendar.

With all this in mind, I still think it's a bit nationalist overkill if all the three Spanish pro-contis get a wildcard for this year's Vuelta. Surely two would be enough so one can be given to Aque Blue which both have a much better set of riders but also rode brilliantly in last year's edition.