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DiData take on Volta Catalunya tour

Team Dimension Data return to Catalunya for the 99th edition of Volta a Catalunya with a strong team for the week-long race.

Ben O’Connor finished 11th in the GC last year and will be looking to replicate his performance in 2019.

There will be a few chances for the sprinters, and Ryan Gibbons will be leading the team.

Stage 3 and 4 both culminate in summit finishes, which will be decisive in the GC battle.

The race draws to a close on Sunday with a circuit around the beautiful city of Barcelona.

“I’m am looking forward to a good week here at Volta Catalunya. It’s been a while since my last race and I’m eager to see how the form is after a solid start to the season," said Gibbons.

"It’s a very strong field here this year, but we have a good group of climbers here and I’m confident I’ll be in the mix in the “sprint” stages. The weather is also forecast to be pretty good, so fingers crossed it stays that way and we can have a successful week here in Spain,” he concluded.

O’Connor said; “It’s going to be a really hard week in terms of the parcours. Last year I surprised myself finishing 11th, so it’s a main aim now to try and be into the top 10.

"The group we have is super strong, with Ryan also our man for the few sprints. It’s one of the main goals going through into the Giro, so it would be great to come out of this with smiles, some results and boxes ticked!”


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