Tougher task for Evans in Catalunya
The Australian claimed a stage win and the overall title at Tirreno but the BMC leader said he doesn't consider himself the favourite for the race which begins on Monday.
"It's a different style of racing in Spain," the former world champion said.
"It'll be more for the pure climbers. I'm going good on the short climbs but these are longer and steeper.
"Tirreno-Adriatico, with a few hard finishes, short climbs and a time trial, was a bit more suited to me."
Kanstantsin Sivtsov will be leading the HTC-Highroad bid for overall honours.
"It's a very mountainous race this year, and with no time trial, the climbs will be what decides the outcome," said sports director Allan Peiper.
"This is a good chance for Kanstantsin to show us what he can do in a leader's role, although he'll be able to count on strong support in the hills from his team-mates Caleb Fairly, Craig Lewis and Patrick Gretsch."
Catalunya also sees HTC-Highroad's Martin Velits return to racing after a bad crash in Paris-Nice.
"He's dealing well with the pain, he's been doing up to five and half hours on the rollers, so he want to tests his strength in a race scenario," Peiper added.
"There are plenty of opportunities for breakaways, because none of the stages barring the last is really flat, and our riders will take every chance they can to get in on those moves as well."
Defending champion Joaquim Rodriguez will not participate as he is taking a strong anti-inflammatory treatment in order to reduce a cyst in his left thigh.
Danilo Di Luca and Vladimir Karpets will lead the Katusha bid in El Purito's absence.
Most wins - Riders
7 Mariano Canardo ESP 1928, 1929, 1930, 1932, 1935, 1936, 1939
3 Miguel Induráin ESP 1988, 1991, 1992
2 Miguel Mucio ESP 1924, 1925
2 Victor Fontan FRA 1926, 1927
2 Julian Berrendero ESP 1943, 1946
2 Emilio Rodríguez ESP 1947, 1948
2 Salvador Botella ESP 1953, 1959
2 Miguel Poblet ESP 1952, 1960
2 Sean Kelly IRL 1984, 1986
2 Marino Lejarreta ESP 1980, 1989
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