Sports Director Steve Bauer said that CCC Team is motivated to line up at the three-day race which will provide the team with another opportunity to race aggressively in France.
“The Mont Faron finish on the final stage will certainly be the most important factor for the General Classification standings and our climbers will have to be set up well approaching Toulon to be in with the chance of aiming for a good overall result. All three days are likely to be open and aggressive with breakaways having the potential to make the racing unpredictable. In general, the terrain of the race suits our roster of riders well and all of our guys are motivated as we continue our quest for a win,” Bauer explained.
Fausto Masnada is looking forward to building on his performance in France last week which saw him finish just outside the top ten on the General Classification at Tour de la Provence.
“After four difficult days of racing last week, I have good feelings ahead of Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var. I think Tour de la Provence was a good way to get back into racing and to start to improve my condition because every day we went pretty deep. This week’s three-day race will also be demanding but I like the look of the parcours and it suits me so my goal will be to try to obtain a top ten finish on the General Classification and try to go for the best result possible on a stage while also continuing to build my shape as I look ahead to my first WorldTour races of the season.” Masnada said.
Tour des Alpes Maritimes et du Var (21 – 23 February)
Rider Roster: Will Barta (USA), Fausto Masnada (ITA), Serge Pauwels (BEL), Joey Rosskopf (USA), Attila Valter (HUN), Łukasz Wiśniowski (POL), Georg Zimmermann (GER)
Sports Directors: Steve Bauer (CAN), Gabriele Missaglia (ITA)