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by Shane Stokes
March 16, 2018
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Strong in the Volta ao Algarve where he finished third overall, but forced to withdraw from Paris-Nice because of a crash on the opening stage, Tejay Van Garderen is motivated to perform in next week’s Volta a Catalunya. The American was named as the team leader for the WorldTour event, which begins on Monday and runs until the following Sunday.
“I am feeling good on the bike,” said van Garderen. “I was a little worried after my crash in Paris-Nice as you never know how hitting your head is going to affect performance. I took a few days off to recover, but after getting back on the bike, I haven’t felt any ill effects from the crash.
“I like this year’s Volta Ciclista a Catalunya course and I have good memories from both La Molina and Vallter 2000. This has been a race that has brought me lots of success in the past and I hope to keep that trend going. We have a strong, motivated team and we’ll be looking to perform well.”
He will be backed by compatriots Joey Rosskopf and Brent Bookwalter, the Kiwi Patrick Bevin, Ireland’s Nicolas Roche, Loïc Vliegen (Belgium) and Danilo Wyss (Switzerland). “We are going into the race with Tejay as our leader for the General Classification,” said directeur sportif Valerio Piva. “He is feeling good following his crash at Paris-Nice and he is really motivated to start racing. He has won stages here on two occasions in the past and both of those finishes will feature in this year’s race, so he knows it well.”
Piva said that the team’s second objective is for every rider to try to win a stage. He believes the opening leg could suit Bevin, who was strong at Tirreno-Adriatico, while he feels the other rides could shine on the remaining days.