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Mitchelton-SCOTT stacked with climbing talent for Volta Ciclista a Catalunya

Fri 16 Mar 2018

Mitchelton-SCOTT bring a team stacked full of climbing talent to Volta Ciclista a Catalunya as they eye general classification success with multiple options.

After a strong start to the season, Adam and Simon Yates, fresh from their individual stage victories in Tirreno-Adriatico and Paris-Nice, will work together alongside Colombian climber Esteban Chaves and a strong support team all suited to the tough Catalan terrain.

The race

For the 2018 edition, the seven-day race features challenging mountain stages as usual but with the absence of a team time trial on the opening stage. Stage three, four and five look to be the most decisive days for the overall classification contenders as the race heads to the mountain ski areas in Valter 2000 and La Molina.

The team

Esteban Chaves - (COL, 28)
Jack Haig - (AUS, 24)
Daryl Impey - (RSA, 33)
Robert Power - (AUS, 22)
Carlos Verona - (ESP, 25)
Adam Yates - (GB, 25)
Simon Yates - (GB, 25)

Objectives

With a team clearly suited to the climbs, the general classification is the focus for the squad. Spaniard Carlos Verona, 2017 Tour of Poland stage winner Jack Haig and recent sixth place finisher in Strade Bianche Rob Power will provide valuable support for team’s GC ambitions. South African champion Daryl Impey has displayed his early season form and will play a versatile role for the team on both the hilly stages and the potential early sprint finish stages.

Adam Yates - 4th place overall in 2017

"I had a really good race in Catalunya last year, so I am excited to come back and get stuck in once again. With no time trial or team time trial this year, the race will most likely be decided on the climbs and on paper we will have one of the best teams for this type of terrain."
 
"This is my third time lining up in this race and everytime I’ve started it's been a solid race throughout with lots of opportunities for stage wins for the whole team."
 
"Over the past couple of weeks the team has had some strong performances, especially for the guys coming in from Paris-Nice, so it’ll be exciting to see what we can do this week."
 

Dave McPartland - Sport Director

“We go into this race, almost a home town race for us, with dual objectives. We have various options for the general classification with the riders we have and we are aiming to try and win it and win stages.”

“We are in a good position as we also have Daryl Impey, who won a stage here last year, in the case were there is a bunch finish on a punchier stage.” 

“This year’s race is without a team time trial so we have brought a team that is strong in all terrains but especially in the mountains.”

Previously in Volta Ciclista a Catalunya

Mitchelton-SCOTT tasted success in the 2017 edition of the race with a stage six victory by Impey and consistent riding from Adam Yates, who finished third on a summit finish stage and fourth overall on the general classification.

Back in 2012, Swiss rider Michael Albasini claimed the overall victory in the event after he took a solo victory on stage one and a sprint victory on stage two.

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya race details:

Monday, 19 Mar: Stage 1, Calella - Calella, 152.3km
Tuesday, 20 Mar, Stage 2, Mataro - Valls, 175.6km
Wednesday, 21 Mar: Stage 3, Sant Cugat del Valles - Valter 2000, 199.2km
Thursday, 22 Mar: Stage 4, Llanars - La Molina, 170.8km
Friday, 23 Mar: Stage 5, Llivia - Vielha val D’Aran, 212.9km
Saturday, 24 Mar: Stage 6, Vielha val D’Aran - Torrefarrera, 194.2km
Sunday, 25 Mar: Stage 7, Barcelona - Barcelona, 154.8km

Photo courtesy of Getty Images 

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