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Stellar field set to race in the Volta a Catalunya

By:
Cycling News
Published:
March 18, 2012, 19:19 GMT,
Updated:
March 18, 2012, 19:21 GMT
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Monday, March 19, 2012
Race:
Volta a Catalunya
Bradley Wiggins (Sky) won Paris-Nice ahead of Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) won Paris-Nice ahead of Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil-DCM) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

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Andy Schelck, Wiggins, Valverde and Leipheimer raring to go tomorrow

The UCI World Tour rolls into Spain tomorrow for the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, with some of the world's best stage race riders lining up at the start line to put their endurance qualities on the line after the one-day excitement of Milan-San Remo on Saturday. All 18 Pro Tour teams will be present when the 138km stage one gets underway in Calella and will be accompanied by five wildcard teams.

Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins will be amongst the favourites following his historic victory at Paris-Nice earlier this month. The 31-year-old became only the second Briton (after Tom Simpson in 1967) to win that race since its inception in 1933 and will continue his preparations for his assault on the Tour de France in the Spanish province.

He is joined there by Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan), second across the line in the last three stagings of the Tour de France, and the man who has been awarded the 2010 race following Alberto Contador's disqualification. Further rivals to Wiggins in the seven-stage event include Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), who has returned from suspension with a bang this year and won the race in 2009, and Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), who has also been in excellent early season form.

The 92nd Volta a Catalunya concludes with its seventh stage on Sunday March 25 in the Catalan capital of Barcelona.

23 teams for the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya

Ag2R La Mondiale
Nicolas Roche (Irl)
Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra)
Romain Bardet (Fra)
Ben Gastauer (Lux)
Mikael Cherel (Fra)
Sebastien Minard (Fra)
Anthony Ravard (Fra)
Amir Zargari (Iri)

Astana Pro Team

Janez Brajkovic (Slo)
Paolo Tiralongo (Ita)
Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz)
Robert Kiserlovski (Cro)
Egor Silin (Rus)
Francesco Gavazzi (Ita)
Alexandr Dyachenko (Kaz)
Sergey Renev (Kaz)

BMC Racing Team
Tejay Van Garderen (USA)
Martin Kohler (Swi)
Steve Moravito (Swi)
Mathias Frank (Swi)
Mauro Santambrogio (Ita)
Ivan Santaromita (Ita)
Johann Tschopp (Swi)

Euskaltel-Euskadi
Samuel Sanchez (Spa)
Mikel Nieve (Spa)
Miguel Minguez (Spa)
Jorge Azanza (Spa)
Victor Cabedo (Spa)
Pierre Cazaux (Fra)
Ivan Velasco (Spa)
Amets Txurruka (Spa)

FDJ -Big Mat
Sandy Casar (Fra)
Kenny Elissonde (Fra)
Fracis Mourey (Fra)
Arnold Jeannesson (Fra)
Cidric Pineau (Fra)
Thibaut Pinot (Fra)
Jeremy Roy (Fra)
Jussi Veikkanen (Fin)

Team Garmin-Barracuda

Daniel Martin (Irl)
Alex Howes (USA)
Christian Vandevelde (USA)
Ryder Hesjedal (Can)
Sebastien Rosseler (Bel)
Tom Danielson (USA)
Tom Peterson (USA)
Peter Stetina (USA)

Greenedge Cycling Team
Allan Davis (Aus)
Michael Albasini (Swi)
Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn)
Julian Dean (NZl)
Daryl Impey (Rsa)
Brett Lancaster (Aus)
Christian Meier (Can)
Daniel Teklehaymanot (Eri)

Katusha Team
Denis Menchov (Rus)
Juan Horrach (Spa)
Gatis Smukulis (Lat)
Petr Ignatenko (Rus)
Timofey Kritskiy (Rus)
Alberto Losada (Spa)
Yuriy Trofimov (Rus)
Maxim Belkov (Rus)

Lampre-ISD

Damiano Cunego (Ita)
Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita)
Matteo Bono (Ita)
Denys Kostyuk (Ukr)
Manuele Mori (Ita)
Marco Marzano (Ita)
Daniele Pietropolli (Ita)
Morris Possoni (Ita)

Liquigas-Cannondale
Ivan Basso (Ita)
Paolo Longo (Ita)
Fabio Sabatini (Ita)
Timothy Duggan (USA)
Alessandro Vanotti (Ita)
Maciej Paterski (Pol)
Cristiano Salermo (Ita)
Sylvester Szmyd (Pol)

Lotto-Belisol
Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel)
Fracis De Greef (Bel)
Mehdi Sohrabi (Iri)
Kenny De Haes (Bel)
Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel)
Brian Bulgac (Ned)
Dennis Vanendert (Bel)
Gaetan Bille (Bel)

Movistar
Alejandro Valverde (Spa)
Javier Moreno (Spa)
Vladimir Karpets (Rus)
David Arroyo (Spa)
Sergio Pardilla (Spa)
Nairo Quintana (Col)
Branislau Samolau (Blr)
Marzio Bruseghin (Ita)

Omega Pharma-Quick Step
Levi Leipheimer (USA)
Michal Golas (Pol)
Kevin De Weert (Bel)
Dario Cataldo (Ita)
Serge Pauwels (Bel)
Frantisek Rabon (Cze)
Kristof Vandewalle (Bel)
Marco Bandiera (Ita)

Rabobank
Robert Gesink (Ned)
Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa)
Steven Kruyswyk (Ned)
Wilco Kelderman (Ned)
Grischa Niermann (Ger)
Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned)
Laurens Ten Dam (Ned)
Stef Clement (Ned)

Radioshack-Nissan
Andy Schleck (Lux)
Tiago Machado (Por)
Ben Hermans (Bel)
Thomas Rohregger (Aut)
Laurent Didier (Lux)
Mattew Busche (USA)
Jakob Fuglsang (Den)
Oliver Zaugg (Swi)

Sky Procycling
Bradley Wiggins (Gbr)
Richie Porte (Aus)
Davide Apolonio (Ita)
Kastantsin Sivtsov (Blr)
Rigoberto Uran (Col)
Xabier Zandio (Spa)

Saxo Bank-Sungard
Daniel Navarro (Spa)
Benjamin Noval (Spa)
Juan Jose Haedo (Arg)
Chris Anker Soerensen (Den)
Bruno Pires (Por)
Jesus Hernandez (Spa)
Luke Roberts (Aus)
Rafal Majka (Pol)

Vacansoleil-DMC
Matteo Carrara (Ita)
Kenny Van Hummel (Ned)
Thomas De Gendt (Bel)
Stefan Denilf (Aut)
Tomasz Marczynski (Pol)
Jacek Morajko (Pol)
Martijn Keizer (Ned)
Rob Ruijgh (Ned)

Andalucia
Gustavo Cesar (Spa)
Jordi Simon (Spa)
Jose Luis Cano (Spa)
Jose Vte. Toribio (Spa)
Sergio Carrasco (Spa)
Adrian Palomares (Spa)
Jesus Rosendo (Spa)
Javier Ramirez (Spa)

Caja Rural
David De La Fuente (Spa)
David De La Cruz (Spa)
Julian Sanchez (Spa)
Antonio Piedra (Spa)
Javier Fco. Aramendia (Spa)
Andre Cardoso (Por)
Aitor Galdos (Spa)
Marcos Garcia (Spa)

Cofidis
David Moncoutie (Fra)
Nicolas Edet (Fra)
Samuel Dumoulin (Fra)
Remy Di Gregorio (Fra)
Luis Angel Mate (Spa)
Yohan Bagot (Fra)
Romain Zingle (Bel)

Project 1T4I
Huguet Yann (Fra)
Matthieu Sprick (Fra)
Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger)
Thomas Damuseau (Fra)
Roger Kluge (Ger)
Thierry Hupond (Fra)
Yukihiro Doi (Jpn)

Saur-Sojasun
Cyril Bessy (Fra)
Anthony Delaplace (Fra)
Brice Feillu (Fra)
Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra)
Maxime Mederel (Fra)
Julien Simon (Fra)
Jean Marc Marino (Fra)
Stephane Poulhies (Fra)

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