Tour of California: CCC Team on the hunt for stage wins
10 May 2019 05:42
CCC Team's Will Barta says that he's excited to race on home roads at the upcoming Tour of California as part of a WorldTour team for the first time, and vows that he'll be doing what he can to ensure that he's part of the action on each of the US race's seven stages. "As an American rider, it's always a highlight to race in front of a very supportive and excited crowd," said Barta as part of his team's announcement of its seven-rider line-up. "It's my third Tour of California, but my first with a WorldTour team, so it makes me extremely proud to return to California and the US as a member of a team at the highest level," he said, having joined CCC this season from the Axel-Merckx-run Hagens Berman Axeon Pro Continental team.ADVERTISEMENT "I think that I came out of the Tour de Romandie with good form," he continued, with Barta having taken eighth on the final time trial stage at the Swiss race, "and now I'd like to perform across the entire week in California. My objectives for the race are to consistently be in the mix each day and seize the opportunities that come every stage, whether it's personally or supporting a teammate. “I think that while stages 2 [Rancho Cordova – South Lake Tahoe] and 3 [Stockton – Morgan Hill] will be challenging, the race will really be decided on stage 6, and so I'd really like to perform well on that day," he said of the race's penultimate stage, which finishes on the climb of Mount Baldy. "Will is our American rider, so he'll be really motivated to go for a good result on home soil," added sports director Jackson Stewart, "and we have Simon Geschke returning from injury, so no doubt he's looking forward to getting back to the start line. He bounced back really well in Catalunya after his first crash, so I think he can still do well in California despite the bumpy start he has had this season."
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