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CCC Team with a mix of youth and experience at Vuelta a España

Sports Director Piotr Wadecki said the team will focus on giving every rider the chance to take an opportunity across the 18 stages, without a General Classification contender in the ranks.

“The Vuelta a España will round out the season for our eight riders so it is their last chance to make a good result this year and finish their seasons on a high. We know it is a tough race and racing in November will be a new experience for everyone but as a team we are motivated. The advantage of not lining up with a GC rider is that we have the freedom to jump in breakaways and race aggressively every day,” Wadecki explained.

“With the experience of guys like Simon Geschke, Jan Hirt, Fran Ventoso, and Łukasz Wiśniowski, our young riders will be in good hands out on the road. Michał Pauta and Georg Zimmermann are set to make their Grand Tour debut while Will Barta and Jakub Mareczko will build on the experience they have.”

CCC Team at the Vuelta a España (20 Oct – 08 Nov)

William Barta (USA):

“I am really looking forward to taking part in my second Vuelta a España. First, I would like to say thank you to the team for giving me this opportunity.  I really enjoyed my experience racing my maiden Grand Tour at the Vuelta last year and so I am hoping to build on that experience this year. It is quite different to be racing the Vuelta into November, but I think it will be a great race nonetheless. I am really looking forward to the time trial as I think it fits me well, and I would like to take my chances on the climbing stages and go for some stage results.”

Simon Geschke (GER):

I was a late call up for the Vuelta a España so I didn’t really have the race in mind as a big goal at the beginning of the season. I have been in good shape since the Tour de France and I kept training until now in case I had to go. Now that I am, I  am keen to make it a good race as it will be my last of the season, like everyone else there. I am motivated to push one more time and hopefully I can still carry my form from the Classics into the race.”

Jan Hirt (CZE):

“It has been a busy second half of the season and I’m starting to feel it but I am looking forward to seeing what I can do at the Vuelta a España. No one really has any experience racing this late into the year so I think it will be interesting to see how the race plays out. I will take things day by day and see what we can do as a team.”

Jakub Mareczko (ITA):

“I’m very happy to start my first Vuelta a España and discover a new Grand Tour. The sprint stages will be my target so I hope to be up there. I’ve had a good block of training and racing and I’m feeling good. We have worked well with the team to prepare for the Vuelta and we believe we can get some good results.”

Michał Paluta (POL):

“I’m very excited to race the Vuelta a España as since I started cycling it was always a dream to race a Grand Tour, and I was always looking forward to getting this chance one day. As the pandemic began I was worried we wouldn’t have any races during this season and, of course, the racing looks a little different now with the restrictions. But after a mentally tough time, it’s already October and performing in the Vuelta has kept me very motivated for a couple of months. My first goal is to finish my first Grand Tour and I’ll do my best to accomplish this goal but I’m ambitious and I’m eager to get some nice results in the stages. I‘ve never raced for three weeks in a row so I’m very curious how my body will be after this kind of race load. Moreover, racing in November is a new experience for me as well. There are some stages I like the look of but really the race situation will write itself so we will have to see.”

Francisco Ventoso (ESP):

“It is always nice to race on home soil so I am excited to be lining up at the Vuelta a España for the seventh time in my career. I don’t have too many race days in the legs so we will see how my form is when we start racing. I will enjoy the race and try to help our young riders as much as possible.”

Łukasz Wiśniowski (POL):

“I am happy to be back at the start line and able to race again one more time this year. I have now had a long block off since Tirreno-Adriatico but I have been able to get back into training and build my form for the Vuelta a España. Because it has been a while without racing, I will take things day by day and do what I can to help the team and see how quickly I can get back into the race rhythm. This will be my first Vuelta so I am looking forward to discovering the race.”

Georg Zimmermann (GER):

“The team already enabled me to race some of the most prestigious one-day-races like Il Lombardia, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and Gent-Wevelgem and I learned a lot about these races, how my body handles 6-7 hours of bike racing, and the importance of teamwork and positioning. Now I also get the opportunity to race my first Grand Tour as a neo pro. I feel grateful for all the races I have been selected for and I am definitely excited about the Vuelta. The longest stage race I have ever done was half of the distance of the Vuelta so I am looking at it as a big challenge. I am not just starting the race to reach Madrid. I would like to go home with a result and the team will give me the chance to do this occasionally so we will see how the race goes.”

Sports Directors: Piotr Wadecki (POL), Marco Pinotti (ITA)

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