20 March 2023

Volta a Catalunya, E. Gesbert: "it will be a big test"

The Arkéa-Samsic team will start the Tour of Catalonia this Monday with a team that combines youth and experience.

Elie Gesbert

“I have just finished a two-week altitude training camp in Tenerife to prepare for the upcoming events and this Tour of Catalonia is one of them. It will be a real test for me on such a high level race to be the protected rider to play the general classification. I have the advantage of knowing the race because I have competed in it several times. I’m going there to give it my all. I like some of the stages. We’ll have to seize the opportunities if they arise.”

Arnaud Gérard, directeur sportif

“The Tour of Catalonia is a very difficult stage race where we have a general classification objective with Elie. We can count on Hugo to aim for the stages promised to the sprinters on paper. It will not be easy to win the general classification. This will be the first big goal of the year for Elie. He has given himself the means to achieve it. Holding this role in such a prestigious UCI World Tour event will be a first for him. The Tour of Catalonia is not limited to summit finishes, and Elie has the ability to shine in the other areas of the course.”