The Ukrainian cyclist was made captain of the team for the Vuelta

Ukrainian mark Padun named team captain Bahrain-Merida at the forthcoming Vuelta, which starts August 24.

Initially, the team planned to bet on Italian Domenico Pozzovivo, but he’s more than a week ago had an accident during training, faced with the car. The athlete received many serious injuries and while his performances are out of the question.

“Mark will be our rider for the General classification. This is a great opportunity for such a young talented rider who demonstrates good form and desire to take responsibility”, – says the message of the team.

23-year-old Padun to do this only once participated in a Grand tour at last year’s Vuelta, where the 12th stage, finished third but finished 17th due to poor health.

Recall, a month ago mark for the first time in his career he won not only the stage but the General and youth classifications Adriatica Ionica, European tour race in Italy.

The last time “blue-yellow” has entrusted the role of the leader in the Grand tours in 2007, when the Giro of our Yaroslav Popovych dispersed team Discovery Channel, but Yaroslav then went on the 12th stage after two drops.