Volta A Catalunya Preview: Burghardt Returns

The ’s versatile squad for will include , who will be making his first start in a stage race in 2013 when the week-long event begins Monday.

Season Delayed By Sickness
Burghardt said a nearly two-week illness after the team’s training camp in Spain in January is to blame for delaying the start of his ninth professional season. “Now I’m feeling better,” he said, “but I have been training for more than four weeks. I don’t think I have ever trained that long.” Assistant Director Max Sciandri said with a mix of riders for the general classification, field sprints and breakaways, the will have plenty of options. “I don’t want to put big expectations out there, but what we want to see are the guys moving forward in their natural progression of improvement,” he said. , who is coming off a difficult edition of , said mountainous stages and a lack of a time trial mean more chances for breakaways. “We just need to ride smart and make the best of the days that suit us and look for opportunities,” he said.

Download the official race sheet (PDF with roster, bios, statistics, etc.):

roster (March 18-24):
(GER), (GBR), Yannick Eijssen (BEL), (SUI), (SUI), (ITA), Larry Warbasse (USA), (SUI).

Sport Directors:
Max Sciandri (ITA)

Roger Palfreeman (GBR)

Bus Driver: Filip Sercu (BEL). Chef: Jean Patrick Simonneau (FRA). Mechanics: Kevin Grove (USA), Ronald Ruymen (BEL). Soigneurs: Anthony Lafourte (BEL), Gunther Landrie (BEL), Anthony Pauwels (BEL).

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