Sports Director Piotr Wadecki said CCC Team is taking a diverse rider roster that provides multiple opportunities to go for stage wins, while also keeping an eye on the General Classification.
“Our first objective at Paris – Nice will be to target stage wins and on the opening three days, which will likely end in a bunch sprint, Jakub Mareczko will be our leader. Around him, we will have a strong and experienced group of riders who can not only help get him in the right position but who can also take any opportunities to go in breakaway and fight for their own success over the rest of the race,” Wadecki explained.
“For the key summit finish, Amaro Antunes and Víctor de la Parte will be our protected riders. Both of them have shown strong form recently and I think they can be contenders for that stage. The pair can also time trial well so we will look at how the General Classification stands after stage five and plan our tactics around that. Of course, our first goal is to win a stage but, after that, I think we could look to go for a top ten finish on the General Classification.”
Mareczko will be targeting the opening three stages of the eight-day race.
“The first three days are, of course, the ones that suit me the most. I had a couple of nice top ten results at the UAE Tour but, I definitely wanted more so I am really motivated for Paris – Nice. I think you can learn something from every bunch sprint so this race will be another opportunity to test myself and to go for that elusive WorldTour stage win,” Mareczko said.
Antunes and de la Parte will both look to test themselves at Paris – Nice after solid performances on the summit finishes at Volta ao Algarve and the UAE Tour respectively.
“I was happy with my performance at Volta ao Algarve and I am confident with where my form is at the moment. I feel good and I hope to be able to improve further at this race. I’m really motivated for Paris – Nice and my main goal is to try to be in contention for a stage win. This will be my first UCI WorldTour race of the year and my first with CCC Team so, I am interested to see how I will perform at this level of racing,” Antunes said.
“I felt strong at the UAE Tour and I was really motivated so, it was disappointing to miss out on a top ten finish after the crash on the stage to Jebel Jais. I was happy with my performance there though and I feel like I’m going into Paris – Nice with good form. It is a tough race but, I think we have a strong team and with each rider able to take their own individual motivation to the start line every day, I am confident that we will have a good week,” de la Parte added.
Paris – Nice (10 – 17 March)
Rider roster: Amaro Antunes (POR), Will Barta (USA), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Víctor de la Parte (ESP), Jakub Mareczko (ITA), Laurens Ten Dam (NED), Francisco Ventoso (ESP)
Sports Directors: Piotr Wadecki (POL), Gabriele Missaglia (ITA)