Matteo Trentin headlines CCC Team at Vuelta a Murcia
Feb 12 2020 11:30 pm CET

Matteo Trentin headlines CCC Team at Vuelta a Murcia
Matteo Trentin headlines CCC Team at Vuelta a Murcia
Photo of Matteo Trentin by CCC Team

Matteo Trentin is set to be the leader of CCC Team at the Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia, where Patrick Bevin will make his season debut.

Trentin has finished in the fourth overall place at the then one-day race in 2018 and in the seventh position in 2019, having finished in the top ten in both stages. "I'm feeling good after racing in Valencia but it was a really hard race considering it was the first race of the season for most riders," said the Italian. "I think it was good in terms of testing the legs and getting back into the racing rhythm after the off season so I'm a bit more confident ahead of Murcia as I think I will get better and better with every race I do.

"They've changed the parcours a bit from last year but I think the first stage should be a sprint as it is not so hard. The second stage is quite interesting as the last big climb is still 60 kilometers from the finish so it's a mix between the last two editions. I think we have a good team for the race and my aim is to improve on my results from Valencia."

CCC Team will start in the Spanish race with the objective of taking a top-five spot in the General Clasification and a stage win. "Although Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia consists of two mountain stages, it is not necessarily a race for the pure climbers," said sports director Piotr Wadecki.

"As we have seen from previous years, Matteo Trentin is definitely capable of a good result so we have a strong team around him. Our goal is a top five in the General Classification and a stage win. Of course, we are not lining up as the favorites and it won't be our responsibility to control the race. Instead, we will look to race aggressively and help Matteo get over the climbs and set him up for the finales on both days."

Bevin withdrew from the Santos Tour Down Under and has decided to forgo the New Zealand National Championships to be able to start his European season earlier than planned. "I am lining up at Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia very excited to start my season," the rider explained.

"I want to slot straight into the team objectives but it is my first race after an extended break from racing. My precautionary withdrawal from the Tour Down Under was extremely frustrating but I appreciate the work the team has done, along with the Olympic Medical Team in New Zealand, to make sure that I am 100 percent fit and healthy to begin my season."

CCC Team's roster for the Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia (February 14-15):

Patrick Bevin
Josef Cerny
Kamil Malecki
Matteo Trentin
Gijs Van Hoecke
Nathan Van Hooydonck
Guillaume Van Keirsbulck




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