After a nasty crash on stage 2 of Volta Catalunya, team doctor Dr Christopher Edler provides an update on Gino Mader and Ben O’Connor. “Upon further examination, it has been confirmed that Gino Mäder fractured his left distal radius (wrist) after crashing on stage 2 of the Volta Catalunya. There was no dislocation and therefore Gino will not require surgery. To aid his recovery he will be in a cast for the next 4-6 weeks. Ben O’Connor was involved in the same crash with Gino. Ben has multiple abrasions (road rash) and bruising as a result. We will monitor Ben overnight but our expectation is.

Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) won the uphill sprint on stage 2 of the Volta Catalunya. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) placed 2nd and Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) finished 3rd. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had Enrico Gasparotto mixing it up in the finale and secured a decent 8th place but the unfortunate news of the day was Gino Mader both crashed heavily, when trying to return to the peloton after a puncture. Mader has a suspected broken wrist and is undergoing scans at the hospital. O’Connor was battered and bruised but could finish the stage, although he is out of GC contention now..

Mark Renshaw will pin on a number for the first time in 2019 as he’s selected to start in our seven-rider roster for Driedaagse Brugge-De Panne. The Australian was involved in a crash with a motor vehicle while training at home late last year but after a speedy recovery has been raring to return to racing. He’s joined by a strong selection including Giacomo Nizzolo and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg, who both rode completed Milan-Sanremo over the weekend. They’re alongside Lars Bak who returns after being forced to abandon at Paris-Nice, along with Jay Thomson who last raced at the UAE Tour. Completing the line-up.