With less than a week to go before the big kick-off on Corsica, Euskaltel have revealed the make-up of their Tour de France squad.
Igor Antón, Mikel Astarloza, Gorka Izagirre, Ion Izagirre, Juan José Lobato, Mikel Nieve, Juan José Oroz, Rubén Pérez and Romain Sicard are the chosen nine.
As expected, Mikel Nieve and Igor Antón will lead Igor González de Galdeano's team. According to the former, Euskaltel will live up to their reputation and be as aggressive as ever.
"We're a brave team that will go on the attack", he tells Basque Cycling News. "Samuel Sánchez, who used to have one eye on a stage win and the other on the general classification, won't be in France this year, but the team's goal is to win a stage. We'll play our cards right.
"As we don't have a world-class sprinter amidst our ranks, we have to make our own race, look for opportunities and seize them. We'll be as combative as ever".
Team boss Galdeano echoes Nieve's sentiments, telling the team's website "a stage win is the goal" and "we're sending a competitive squad".
"This is the most important race - the eyes of the whole word are fixed on it", he says. "Our riders are aware of this fact, and I'm sure that they'll give it their all and make the fans proud.
"The Pyreneen stage will be very important. La Marea Naranja (The orange tide) is often seen in the Pyrenees, and it's become a classic of the Tour. We look forward to counting on your support. It's very important to us".