Another day in the Tuscan hills coming up for Mitchelton-SCOTT

Thu 7 Mar 2019

Mitchelton-SCOTT are aiming for more success in Tuscany as they return to the GP Industria and Artigianato as two-time winners with a mixed squad of youth and experience.

Five riders aged 25 and under will make up the squad including Italian Edoardo Affini and fellow new signings Callum Scotson, Rob Stannard and Nick Schultz. Swiss veteran Michael Albasini will add valuable experience to a youthful line-up, as will Damien Howson, while Australian Alex Edmonson has previous knowledge of the race and was part of the team that won the 2017 edition with Adam Yates.

Mitchelton-SCOTT Team:
Edoardo Affini (ITA, 22)
Michael Albasini (SUI, 38)
Alex Edmonson (AUS, 25)
Damien Howson (AUS, 26)
Callum Scotson (AUS, 22)

Rob Stannard (AUS, 20)
Nick Shultz (AUS, 24)

The Course:

The race takes place around the town of Larciano in Tuscany over two circuits, with four laps to be completed of each.

The first loop of 22.3km consists of rolling roads that is unlikely to cause the peloton any significant problems. 

The race is likely to be decided on the laps of the second 27.5km circuit and the four ascents of the Fornello and San Baronto. A fast descent towards Lamporecchio will follow and will present an opportunity to any escapees to stay away on the run into the finish.

The Past:
Mitchelton-SCOTT have twice won the GP Industria and Artigianato, both times with Brit Adam Yates , first in 2014 and then again in 2017.

Michael Albasini:
“I'm looking forward to racing with the young guys! I don't know if it's possible to pass on my experience because they need to make their own choices in these races, but I’m sure I can give them tips to shorten the way to experience of 'trial and error'.”

“I felt good after UAE and I felt some progress in my form, so I’m looking forward to my next block of races.”

“Unfortunately, the travelling and climate change have affected me more than I expected, so my hopes for this weekend are just to be back healthy and be able to race again.”

Gene Bates – Sports Director
“This is a great opportunity for the young guys to learn from Alba, especially in a one-day race like this one. It’s not WorldTour so it’s a little bit of a lower level and it well depend how hard Strade Bianchi is on Saturday for a lot of teams as to what the race looks like on Sunday."

"With the climb so close to the finish it can have a big impact, whether a select group of elite climbers go over the top, or like last year when there was a bit more of a regrouping ending is a reduced sprint."

We’ve got good riders for a couple of directions and with Damien Howson coming to the team it bolsters our climbing ability and Alba is very hard to beat in a reduced bunch sprint."

The first 3km of the final climb is very difficult but it does back off in percentage and that’s where we’ve seen in the past a few times that the second or even third group can get back on."

"I think realistically we can look for a podium and I think we will aim for the win, we’ve got a good young group, full of ambition and it’s a race we’ve done well at in the past.”

2019 GP Industria and Artigianato – Race Details
Sunday, 10th March: Larciano – Larcia, 199.2km

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