CCC Team starts with versatile roster in Tour of California
May 11 2019 05:28 am CET

CCC Team starts with versatile roster in Tour of California
CCC Team starts with versatile roster in Tour of California
CCC Team © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

CCC Team is set to start in the Amgen Tour of California with a versatile roster that can fight for stage victories.

The team will start in the American race without a General Classification leader, so the riders will have the freedom to look for their own glory. "Our primary objective at the Amgen Tour of California is a stage win, so we will be looking for opportunities wherever we can find them with all of our riders," said sports director Jackson Steward. "Without one main leader, the riders will have freedom, so we can try for the sprints with Szymon Sajnok and we will keep an eye on the General Classification with Riccardo Zoidl, as he was looking good at the Tour de Romandie.

"Will Barta is our American rider so he will be really motivated to go for a good result on home soil, and we have Simon Geschke returning from injury so no doubt he is looking forward to getting back to the start line. He bounced back really well in Catalunya after his first crash, so I think he can still do well in California despite the bumpy start he has had this season. It's nice to line up with a versatile and motivated team and hopefully, we can continue the success the team has had in the last years there."

Barta is looking forward to racing in his home country and test the good form he showed in the Tour de Romandie, where he finished in the eighth place of the final time trial. "I am very excited to be back at California with CCC Team," he commented. "As an American rider, it is always a highlight to race in front of a very supportive and excited crowd. It is my third Amgen Tour of California, but my first with a WorldTour team so it makes me extremely proud to return to California and the US as a member of a team at the highest level.

"I think that I came out of the Tour de Romandie with good form, and now I would like to perform across the entire week in California. My objectives for the race are to consistently be in the mix each day and seize the opportunities that come every stage, whether it is personally or supporting a teammate. I think that while stage 2 and 3 will be challenging, the race will really be decided on stage 6 and so I would really like to perform well on that day."

CCC Team's roster for the Tour of California (12th to 18th of May):

William Barta
Pawel Bernas
Simon Geschke
Szymon Sajnok
Michael Schär
Gijs Van Hoecke
Riccardo Zoidl
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