Sports Director Piotr Wadecki said CCC Team will head to the start line of the five-day race with a strong team that will be targeting stage wins.
“After the fantastic start for our team at the Santos Tour Down Under, we’re heading to our first race in Europe with a great group of riders around Greg Van Avermaet. Everyone is very motivated to get their season underway and we want to continue the team’s early success in Spain. The main objective for this race will be to go for stage wins before seeing what we can do on the General Classification. It would be good to be up there at the end of the five days,” Wadecki explained.
“We’re heading to the race from our final training camp and for the guys lining up here, I think it has been important that they have all been able to train as a group especially as many of them have never raced together. Everyone has been able to get to know one another more and they have been putting in some good efforts which I think will really help us going into the race. I am confident that we will be able to make a nice result next week.”
Van Avermaet is looking to test his early season form at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana as he did in both 2017 and 2018.
“This race is a great way to kick off the season. It’s close to where we have our training camps and this last one leads perfectly into the race. This year there will be a lot of firsts for me here and that’s exciting. It will be the first time racing as CCC Team, the first time I race on my new Giant bike and in my Etxeondo clothing and finally, it will be the first time I race with some of my new teammates. There are some riders in this group who will play a part in my Classics campaign and as we are new to one another, it will be good to see how everyone reacts when we move from training together to racing together. I think it is important to have the confidence of all of the riders going into a race and before the Classics start it will be good to learn more about each other. This will be the perfect exercise for us all,” Van Avermaet said.
“Of course, this race isn’t one of my biggest goals of the year but I want to get my season off to a good start just like we saw the guys do in Australia. We will take the race day by day but the ambition is always to try to win races and that won’t be different here. My main goal is to keep building my shape and I think stage three and four will be super hard so, that will be the first big test for us and hopefully, I can be up there on one day.”
Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (6 – 10 February)
Rider roster: Amaro Antunes (POR), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Michael Schär (SUI), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL), Gijs Van Hoecke (BEL), Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL), Łukasz Wiśniowski (POL)
Sports Directors: Piotr Wadecki (POL), Valerio Piva (ITA)