On Sunday, NTT Pro Cycling will get its European racing season underway when it takes the start at GP Cyclista le Marseillaise, in France.
The GP la Marseillaise is a UCI 1.1 event, taking place in the hills around Marseille. Riders will have a tough 145km to contend with, with little to no flat road anywhere on the route.
Previous editions of the event have provided for exciting finales in recent years, as both breakaway’s and reduced group sprints have each had their chances to take out the victory.
NTT Pro Cycling have a strong classics styled team for this French race, with both Edvald Boasson Hagen and Michael Valgren starting their seasons in Marseille, on Sunday.
Ben O’Connor will join our two Scandinavian classics specialists, along with Jay Thomson, Michael Gogl and Andreas Stokbro.
Ben O’Connor – Rider
“First European race for us this year – and one in which we will try win. It’s not an easy course, and it will be hard to judge whether to control or animate! We have a number of options, especially with the classics boys like Eddy if we can keep it together for a small bunch sprint. Personally, I cannot wait to get amongst it all again, race as a team and aim for the win!”