Israel – Premier Teach is lining up for the hardest edition of Volta a Catalunya in many years with a strong team led by Tour de France stage winner Michael Woods.

“I’m really looking forward to this race”, Woods tells. “I’ve done Volta a Catalunya every single year since turning pro and I think that this year is by far the hardest edition of the race that I’ve done.”

“There are some incredibly challenging stages and very few opportunities for the sprinters so I’m both excited but also a little afraid of how hard it’s going to be. But I think the course should suit me. I’m in good shape and we’ve got a really strong team here. It should be a fun week.”

To support Woods, IPT brings strong climbers like Matthew Riccitello, Nick Schultz, Dylan Teuns, George Bennett, Marco Frigo and Stevie Williams, who started out 2024 by winning Tour Down Under overall.

“We have a very strong lineup for one of the hardest editions of Volta a Catalunya is recent years”, sports director Sam Bewley explains. “We head to the race with a team predominately of climbers, but with the depth of the team and the nature of the course, we have good options for multiple stages and of course for the GC. We are confident in performing throughout the week with a number of different possibilities and options.”

Volta a Catalunya starts on Monday, March 18, and finished in Barcelona on the following Sunday, March 24. Last year, Woods finished sixth overall.

IPT at Volta a Catalunya:

Riders: Michael Woods (CAN), Matthew Riccitello (USA), Nick Schultz (AUS), Dylan Teuns (BEL), George Bennett (NZL), Marco Frigo (ITA), Stevie Williams (GBR).

Sports Directors: Sam Bewley, Oscar Guerrero & Pat McCarty.