BAHRAIN MERIDA team heading to Volta a Catalunya
The 99th edition of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya will be held from March 25th to 31st and as is tradition it features a course that suits climbers, with two demanding mountain stages, but there will be some good opportunities for sprinters or for the breakaway too.
For this reason BAHRAIN MERIDA will head to the third oldest stage race in the world with a balanced line-up, as team Sports Director Vladimir Miholjević explains: “Hermann Pernsteiner and Damiano Caruso will be our overall contenders, but they will also seize the opportunity and take the risk to try to win a stage. There will be 4 stages that are supposed to end with a possible reduced bunch sprint, where Phil Bauhaus will be our man. We know that on Catalunya there are high possibilities for a breakaway to come to the finish, especially after two mountain stages, with uphill finishes at Vallter 2000 and La Molina ski resorts, that will be crucial for the general classification. We are approaching Volta Ciclistica a Catalunya with the aim to achieve the best possible result both in each stage and in the general classification. We will try to use every chance to bring home a result, using experience and tactical moves in the right moment”.
The Volta a Catalunya will start with the traditional stage in Calella, although it is expected to be tougher due to some climbs. Then, as every year, it will be decided in Barcelona, with 8 laps on the Montjuïc circuit.
BAHRAIN MERIDA team’s line-up for the 99th edition of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya:
Damiano Caruso, Hermann Pernsteiner, Grega Bole, Andrea Garosio, Phil Bauhaus, Antonio Nibali, Valerio Agnoli