Despite the climbing-heavy parcours, Trentin has showed his versatility at the race with fourth place overall at the then one-day race in 2018, and seventh place in 2019 having finished in the top ten on both stages.
“Although Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia consists of two mountain stages, it is not necessarily a race for the pure climbers. As we have seen from previous years, Matteo Trentin is definitely capable of a good result so we have a strong team around him. Our goal is a top five in the General Classification and a stage win. Of course, we are not lining up as the favorites and it won’t be our responsibility to control the race. Instead, we will look to race aggressively and help Matteo get over the climbs and set him up for the finales on both days,” Sports Director Piotr Wadecki explained.
Trentin is hoping to build on his form from Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana.
“I’m feeling good after racing in Valencia but it was a really hard race considering it was the first race of the season for most riders. I think it was good in terms of testing the legs and getting back into the racing rhythm after the off season so I’m a bit more confident ahead of Murcia as I think I will get better and better with every race I do,” Trentin said.
“They’ve changed the parcours a bit from last year but I think the first stage should be a sprint as it is not so hard. The second stage is quite interesting as the last big climb is still 60 kilometers from the finish so it’s a mix between the last two editions. I think we have a good team for the race and my aim is to improve on my results from Valencia.”
After withdrawing before the start of the Santos Tour Down Under, Bevin has opted to forgo the New Zealand National Championships in order to start his European racing season earlier than planned.
“I am lining up at Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murica very excited to start my season. I want to slot straight into the team objectives but it is my first race after an extended break from racing. My precautionary withdrawal from the Tour Down Under was extremely frustrating but I appreciate the work the team has done, along with the Olympic Medical Team in New Zealand, to make sure that I am 100 percent fit and healthy to begin my season”
Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia (14-15 February)
Rider roster: Patrick Bevin (NZ), Josef Černý (CZE), Kamil Małecki (POL), Matteo Trentin (ITA), Gijs Van Hoecke (BEL), Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL), Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (BEL).
Sports Director: Piotr Wadecki (POL)
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