Daniel Martin and Fabio Aru captain UAE Team Emirates at Volta a Catalunya
Mar 23 2019 09:31 pm CET

Daniel Martin and Fabio Aru captain UAE Team Emirates at Volta a Catalunya
Daniel Martin and Fabio Aru captain UAE Team Emirates at Volta a Catalunya
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UAE Team Emirates will start at the Volta a Catalunya with a strong roster that will support Daniel Martin and Fabio Aru in the climbs.

Aru and Martin are the chosen men to captain the team at the Spanish race, that is known for its multiple and high-calibre climbs. The Irishman already knows what is like to take the overall win of the race and is prepared to give what it takes to repeat the task, while the Italian rider will be testing his form after dealing with health problems at Paris-Nice.

"The Volta a Catalunya is always a race I look forward, even more so this year with my family being roadside for a number of the stages," Martin commented. "I know the course well since I live in the region and racing Volta a Catalunya nearly every year of my career I know the roads well.

"So far this season has been consistent so hopefully we can continue to race well as a team, but Catalunya is a wide open race this year. Every day will be important and a very strong field of top riders means it will a good, tactical race: I feel good, so we shall see what happens."

Aru will take the race as a test of his form. "A few days after I abandoned Paris-Nice, I began to feel better," he affirmed. "The Volta a Cataluyna is a race that's very hard, I'll see in the first stages how I'm feeling and what goals I can reach. I have a desire to do well, so I'm taking on this race with a positive mindset."

UAE Team Emirate's complete line-up for the Volta a Catalunya (25th to 31st of March):

Fabio Aru
Daniel Martin
Cristian Muñoz
Rui Oliveira
Simone Petilli
Edward Ravasi
Rory Sutherland




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