Wout Poels to lead Team Sky at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
Jan 30 2018 02:25 am CET

Wout Poels to lead Team Sky at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
Wout Poels to lead Team Sky at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
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Team Sky will be led by Wout Poels at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. The Dutchman will attempt to repeat his victory in the race of 2016.

The British squad has been present at the Spanish event since its return in 2016, when Poels took the overall win. "I’m really looking forward to this season," he commented. "I finished 2017 off strongly at the Vuelta a Espana and now it’s time to get back in the game and try to get some nice results.

"Naturally sixth place at the Vuelta gave me a lot of confidence. I hope I get more opportunities to do more things like that in the Grand Tours. For now, I’m just excited to get back to racing, starting this week."

The rider will have the company of riders like David de la Cruz and Diego Rosa. "Wout is going to be the leader and he is aiming to win the race again, like he did two years ago," said Sports Director Servais Knaven. "I saw him in Mallorca and he’s feeling good. He’s got no issues, he had a good winter and he’s up for going full gas this week. We have a few cards to play but Wout will be the leader.

"David de la Cruz is really excited to start the season and is in good shape as well, and Diego just had a son, so for sure he will be motivated!"

Knaven already knows where the bigger chances for Sky to win the race are. "There are two days for GC," he explained. "There’s a 30km team time trial on Friday and a mountaintop finish on Saturday. That will be important and we have a strong lineup for that TTT. Hopefully the guys will be able to take time on the other GC contenders - that would be great and that’s the aim. Then you’re in a good position for the mountaintop finish on Saturday, but if we have to make time back then we have a strong team who could make the race hard.

"It’s always good to have a TTT in a stage race. There’s not so many in general so it’s good to have it. It’s good practise for the new guys in the team but also, when you have a strong team, it could be a good start for GC as well. We’re really focused on that TTT - it’s a big goal for the week."ç

Team Sky's roster for the 2018 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana:

Wout Poels
David de la Cruz
Vasil Kiryienka
Michal Kwiatkowski
Gianni Moscon
Diego Rosa
Ian Stannard



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