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Hunt: Sky is at Volta a Catalunya to win

Alasdair Fotheringham
March 18, 2013, 20:45,
March 18, 2013, 20:44
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
Bradley Wiggins (Sky) had a special gold colour SRM head unit at Deia

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) had a special gold colour SRM head unit at Deia

  • Bradley Wiggins (Sky) had a special gold colour SRM head unit at Deia
  • Bradley Wiggins (Sky) leads out the sprint in Catalunya
  • Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)

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Sky’s sports director says Wiggins will fight for overall victory in Catalunya

Sky sports director Dan Hunt says Bradley Wiggins will be up for the win in the Volta a Catalunya for what is the Londoner’s first full-length European stage race and WorldTour event in 2013. Great Britain has had only one Volta winner since cycling’s third oldest stage race began in 1911 - Robert Millar back in 1985.

Wiggins certainly looked very good in the first stage of Catalunya, ripping the race apart on the descent towards the finish and reducing the front group to just 13 riders, including Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and two Sky teammates. He took sixth in what is his strongest performance to date in 2013 and in the process gained 28 seconds on the bunch.

Speaking to Cyclingnews before the stage, Hunt said, “We’ve got guys coming in from Tirreno-Adriatico and a couple of illnesses in the team, but generally we’re going well and we’ve got a guy here [Wiggins] we think can win the race.

“We’ll be on for riding in the traditional Team Sky way. But there’s obviously a lot of people [rivals] here who want to win here too! Looking at the route, there are two fairly easy days, two big GC days [in the Pyrenees] and then a longish run-in to Barcelona. So the GC days are where the damage is going to be done.”

Nor are the two Pyrenean stages to be sniffed at. Apart from the risk of snow - which saw the stages cancelled last year and Wiggins pull out, along with a significant chunk of the field - as Hunt points out “we go up to over 2000 metres [above sea level] so it’s going to be good, tough racing. At the end of the day it’s WorldTour.”

Looking at Wiggins himself, Hunt said “Each race now is part of the build-up [towards the Giro d'Italia], it’s a good hard week. He’s not going absolutely full gas, 100 percent, but it’s looking to being good for May and hopefully the Tour.”

Wiggins has been on Teide in training camps since he raced the Tour of Oman, his last event.

Referring to other Sky riders in Catalunya who are honing their form for the Giro and Tour, Hunt said “if I’m honest, there are so many riders who are strong at the moment, it’s causing a bit of a reshuffle around the Giro and Tour selection: that’s kind of ongoing at the moment.

“Guys that were going to the Giro are maybe now going to the Tour, guys that were going to the Tour are maybe doing the Giro, maybe some guys doing both. It’s a good situation to be in, if the groups are going better than we anticipated, but that means the Giro and Tour selection is very much in the air at the moment.”

DerekandMartha Larson More than 1 year ago
Teide training camps, huh? Kind of makes me think of this... Sky 1: UCI this is Sky 1, over. UCI: This is the UCI, send it, over. Sky 1: Be advised that our Mobile Training Base has moved from ES 124357 to ES 124339, please update whereabouts status. Acknowledge, over. UCI: I understand ES 124339, is your new location, over. Sky 1: Roger, over. We will be at that new location until 2-4 hours prior to departure to I spell: Charlie-Alpha-Tango-Alpha-Lima-Uniform-November-Alpha, over. UCI: Papa-Mike will be coming to your location at 2300 during resupply, over. Sky 1: Please pass on that the new challenge and password is GYPSEY-FIDDLE, over.
ridleyrider More than 1 year ago
UCI: Roger that Sky 1 - BOHICA - Be advised multiple indigenous suspect activities. -break - Ensure you maintain OP-SEC in your AO. The blue falcon has flown and Sky 6 needs to go Elvis. Vamps have penetrated the perimeter.
mike73nz More than 1 year ago
thank you guys for letting us all know what a bunch of clowns you are. I bet that you would still think Sky were doping if you could spend 24/7 with them for a year. I don't see you making comments on any other stories relating to Sagan or other riders? What happened? Did Sky disconnect your subscription due to lack of payment?
PascalLap More than 1 year ago
Drives me nuts that CN seems incapable of reading over their articles before publishing
Raoul Duke More than 1 year ago
Thanks for a great laugh, sounds like someone needs a vacation or something