Israel – Premier Tech is lining up for Volta a Catalunya with an ambitious team, seeking both overall success as well as stage glory
“This is an important race for us. For many of our riders, Volta a Catalunya is a ‘home’ race and we have a well-rounded group here that creates some good opportunities to perform well in the GC and to focus on some key stages that suit a number of our guys’ abilities very well. With the strength of the group we have here, we are confident in achieving a good result on the GC as well as some solid stage results”, sports director Sam Bewley explains.
The Spanish WorldTour stage race consists of seven undulating stages, including no less than three uphill finishes. Leading IPT is Michael Woods and after a strong finish to Tirreno-Adriatico last week, the 36-year-old Canadian is now eager to test his legs on the hard finishes in Volta a Catalunya.
“I’m really excited to take on this year’s Volta a Catalunya. I’ve recovered well after Tirreno-Adriatico and I’m feeling good for this upcoming week. The nature of the race is quite challenging and hopefully, I can benefit from how hard it is and ideally have a good run at the GC. We’ve got some stiff competition here so I’m not going to set the bar crazy high for myself but I want to have a good race, be competitive and use this as the final preparation for the Ardennes”, Woods says.
IPT lineup: Guillaume Boivin (CAN), Daryl Impey (RSA), Matthew Riccitello (USA), Corbin Strong (NZL), Dylan Teuns (BEL), Stevie Williams (GBR), Michael Woods (CAN).