We return to Catalunya for the 99th edition of Volta a Catalunya with a strong team for the week-long race. Ben O’Connor finished 11th in the GC last year and will be looking to replicate his performance in 2019.
There will be a few chances for the sprinters, and Ryan Gibbons will be in action for us. Stage three and four both culminate in summit finishes, which will be decisive in the GC battle. The race draws to a close on Sunday with a circuit around the beautiful city of Barcelona.
Who to watch
“I’m am looking forward to a good week here at Volta Catalunya. It’s been a while since my last race and I’m eager to see how the form is after a solid start to the season. It’s a very strong field here this year, but we have a good group of climbers here and I’m confident I’ll be in the mix in the “sprint” stages. The weather is also forecast to be pretty good, so fingers crossed it stays that way and we can have a successful week here in Spain.”
“It’s going to be a really hard week in terms of the parcours. Last year I surprised myself finishing 11th, so it’s a main aim now to try and be into the top 10. The group we have is super strong, with Ryan also our man for the few sprints. It’s one of the main goals going through into the Giro, so it would be great to come out of this with smiles, some results and boxes ticked!”
He said it:
“We are going to focus on the GC with Ben O’Connor and try to try to get a good result with him. For the other stages, especially the sprint, we will have Ryan Gibbons and we will try to get the best results with him.”
Bingen Fernandez- Sports Director