Amaro Antunes to captain CCC Team in Volta ao Algarve
Feb 19 2019 03:02 am CET

Amaro Antunes to captain CCC Team in Volta ao Algarve
Amaro Antunes to captain CCC Team in Volta ao Algarve
CCC Team © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Amaro Antunes has been chosen as the leader of CCC Team in the Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta. The Portuguese race will be held between the 20th and the 24th of February.

The race is good for the good climbers with time trial skills and Antunes should be able to get at least a top-ten spot, as Sports Director Gabriele Missaglia commented. "Amaro Antunes will be the leader and will have the entire team working for him, especially on the mountain stages," he said. "He will be racing in front of his home fans and that will be a big motivational factor. Amaro has proven in the past that this race suits him and we want to surround him with riders who can help him succeed.

"This year's course is quite similar to 2018, but the stretch before the final climb on stage two is harder and the race may be more selective. As far as the General Classification goes, the time trial should be the key point, but we will try to make up as much time in both uphill finishes on stages two and five. We will line up with the ambition to win a stage and take a top ten spot in the overall standings. All the riders already have some racing kilometres in the legs after opening their season in Spain, so we hope we can turn that form into nice results this week."

The Portuguese rider is glad to appear with his new team in his home race. "I'm very happy to return to my home race, wearing the CCC Team jersey," Antunes explained. "It will be really exciting to show my team colours to all the people living in my region. I think I'm in good shape after the hard work I did in the off-season. I had a chance to test my form at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and it was a good week of competition. The team rode very well together and I'm happy with that performance.

"There are two uphill finishes in 2019 Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta, and although they are completely different, both are very hard. I believe that the climb in the last stage should see bigger gaps since it's steeper in the final two kilometres."

CCC Team's complete roster for the Volta ao Algarve (20th to 24th of February):

Amaro Antunes
Will Barta
Pawe? Bernas
Josef ?erný
Jonas Koch
Laurens ten Dam
Riccardo Zoidl




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