Wout Poels to debut with Bahrain Merida at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
Feb 05 2020 03:14 am CET

Wout Poels to debut with Bahrain Merida at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
Wout Poels to debut with Bahrain Merida at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
Team Bahrain McLaren

Team Bahrain McLaren is set to start in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana with a strong roster that can fight for victories and a good position in the General Classification.

One of the first stage races in European soil of the season will kick off on February 5 and will continue until the ninth. Three stages of the race will be for the fast men and the other two will suit the climbers, including the Queen Stage of the penultimate day that features the first ever ascent to the Sierra de Bernia -with an average gradient of 11.2%

"It’s Team Bahrain McLaren’s first race in Europe, and we’ll be at the start with a very competitive team, with high-quality riders such as Wout Poels, Dylan Teuns, Matej Mohoric and Pello Bilbao, who was 3rd last year," said Bahrain McLaren's sports director Gorazd Štangelj.

"Besides these, there will be the two young riders, Scott Davies and Kevin Inkelaar, while Ivan Cortina will be our man for bunch sprints. La Volta will be a good test to understand where we are in our preparation and, as usual, I expect a very hard-fought race thanks to riders like Alejandro Valverde or Tom Dumoulin."

Poels will make his debut with the formation at the Spanish race. "I am very excited to race in the new kit," the Dutchman commented. "I have good memories of the Volta because I won the 2016 edition wearing the yellow leader jersey from the first to the last race day.

"I feel good on the bike and I’m looking forward to racing again. This will be an interesting race which will be decided on the Sierra de Bernia: a super steep climb that is not usually done so early in the season."




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