The team will aim for stage wins and will take on the race with no particular leader for the General Classification, Sports Director Jackson Stewart said.
“It is another difficult Volta a Catalunya, noticeably with the Vallter 2000 mountain top finish and then, the next day, the short and difficult stage up to La Molina Alp. We have a strong roster of opportunists and we will look how each stage develops in our pursuit of a stage win. We will go in without any pressure for the General Classification and see where we end up,” Stewart explained.
One rider looking for chances in breakaways is Joey Rosskopf, who lives in Catalunya and whose familiarity with the course should work in his favor.
“Since moving to Girona a few years ago, competing in the Volta a Catalunya has been especially exciting for me. It’s one of the only times all year when I get to race on the same familiar roads where I regularly train. With the team we’re bringing to Catalunya, I think we will all have the chance to race aggressively and opportunistically,” Rosskopf said.
“I was feeling pretty good on the bike in Tirreno-Adriatico, so as long as my legs hold up and continue to recover from the past week, I look forward to taking any chance I can, to jump in a breakaway and animate the race.”
CCC Team’s line-up for Volta Ciclista a Catalunya includes two riders who are coming off of unlucky crashes that forced them to abandon their most recent races – Simon Geschke who broke his elbow at Vuelta Ciclista a la Región de Murcia and Patrick Bevin, who suffered some abrasions on stage six of UAE Tour.
“I feel like my form is good and I hope to target some of the sprinter friendlier stages. It’s never an easy feat at Catalunya, as the parcours is so hilly. It’s the first race of a three-tour series for me, so I’m really looking forward to what is a busy spring ahead” Bevin explained.
Geschke is hoping to get back to his top form to be ready for the Ardennes Classics.
“I’m really looking forward to come back to racing. It feels like a second start of the season for me, after having only one race day this year. I’m very happy that my recovery went well enough to make it back for Catalunya. I hope to be at a level which allows me to do good and valuable work for the team. I don’t expect to be in my top shape right away, but the training in the last three weeks went well and I’m definitely ready to race again. My goal is to take this race as an opportunity to get the race intensity into the legs and make the next step on my way to being at my best, at the Ardennes Classics” Geschke said.
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (25-31 March)
Rider roster: Patrick Bevin (NZL), Josef Černý (CZE), Simon Geschke (GER), Łukasz Owsian (POL), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Laurens Ten Dam (NED), Riccardo Zoidl (AUT)
Sports Directors: Jackson Stewart (USA), Piotr Wadecki (POL)