ORICA-SCOTT head to Volta Catalunya with options to tackle the diverse six-day race

Sun 19 Mar 2017

ORICA-SCOTT return to Volta Ciclista a Catalunya with options to tackle the tough six-day race.

2016 Tour de France white jersey winner Adam Yates will provide ORICA-SCOTT with an option for the general classification alongside talented climbers Ruben Plaza, Carlos Verona and winner of the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, Damien Howson.

Despite having to withdraw from Tirreno Adriatico earlier this week due to illness, Yates has focussed on his recovery to be able to line-up with the team tomorrow.

The six-day diverse stage race begins at the coast in Calella followed by a team time trial stage before heading to the mountains, reaching an altitude of 1941metres, and eventually returning to coast in Barcelona for laps around the Montjuic hills.

“We have a good mix of riders for this race,” said sport director Neil Stephens. “The boys are really motivated to give the team time trial event a good shake and I think we will be around the mark with the guys we have."

“If we can have a good result there then it will also set us up well for the GC. I think after stage two we will be in a better position to look at the overall.

"We have a team of strong climbers who can get a good result here in Catalunya.”

To assist with the work load and boost the squad for the stage two team time trial event are powerhouses Daryl Impey, Sam Bewley, Alexander Edmondson and Svein Tuft.

“These strong guys can do a good job for the other guys on the hillier days but can also get a handy result themselves in the sprint stages.” Stephens continued.

Last year Impey took his opportunity on the sprint stages where he placed third and fifth and will once again be an option for the team on the ‘few’ flatter finishes. 

The 2017 edition of the race is as challenging as ever, with a summit finish on stage three and five along with numerous first category climbs throughout the six-days before the race heads to Barcelona. 

ORICA-SCOTT at Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (20-26th March):         

Sam Bewley - (NZ, 29)
Alexander Edmondson - (AUS, 23)
Damien Howson - (AUS, 24)
Daryl Impey - (RSA, 30)
Rubén Plaza -(ESP, 36)
Svein Tuft –  (CAN, 38)
Adam Yates – (GB, 24)        
Carlos Verona - (ESP, 24)  

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya race details:

Monday, 20th Mar: Stage 1, Calella to Calella, 178.9km
Tuesday, 21st Mar: Stage 2, Pla de l’Estany (Banyoles to Banyoles) 41.3km TTT
Wednesday, 22nd Mar: Stage 3, Mataró to La Molina, 181km
Thursday, 23rd Mar: Stage 4, Llivia to Igualada, 194.3km
Friday, 24th Mar: Stage 5, Valls to Lo Port, 182km
Saturday, 25th Mar: Stage 6, Tortosa to Reus, 189.7km
Sunday, 26th Mar: Stage 7, Barcelona to Barcelona 138.7km