CCC Team is heading to the start line for the first of seven days of racing at the inaugural UAE Tour this Sunday (24 February) and will be lining up with a competitive and versatile rider roster.
Sports Director Jackson Stewart said CCC Team will have multiple cards to play at the second UCI WorldTour stage race of the year.
“The first test of the race will come on stage one with the opening team time trial. This will set the scene for the remainder of the race so, as always, we will go there ready to give 100 percent in this discipline. We have been working hard, in training and with our partners, to be ready for our first TTT as CCC Team. I think all of us are looking forward to seeing what we can do,” Stewart explained.
“Overall, we will head to the UAE Tour with a well-rounded team. We will focus on the sprints with Jakub Mareczko, who has shown great potential already this year, and then I think Patrick Bevin, who is coming back to strong form after his crash in Australia, could once again produce a good result in the General Classification. However, we will have a versatile line-up with Victor De La Parte, Alessandro De Marchi, Łukasz Owsian, Serge Pauwels and Joey Rosskopf joining Bevin and Mareczko so I think we can make the most of every opportunity.”
Patrick Bevin is looking forward returning to racing after mixed fortunes at the Santos Tour Down Under.
“After the highs and lows of the Tour Down Under, I’m itching to start racing again. It took some time to shake off my injuries from the crash but I think I have managed them pretty well and I’m starting to get back to where I want to be. It will be good to see what I can do here,” Bevin said.
“We will immediately be able to gauge how the team is going with the team time trial on stage one. The first TTT of the year can always bring some surprises, and with a full WorldTour team line-up, it will be a tough challenge but, we will use it as a way of testing ourselves ahead of the rest of the race.”
UAE Tour (24 February – 2 March)
Rider roster: Patrick Bevin (NZL), Victor De La Parte (ESP), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Jakub Mareczko (ITA), Łukasz Owsian (POL), Serge Pauwels (BEL), Joey Rosskopf (USA)
Sports Directors: Jackson Stewart (USA), Steve Bauer (CAN)