August recap & reactions

Sat 15 Dec 2018

The month of August was a month for Annemiek van Vleuten. The team claimed five victories with the Dutch superstar responsible for three of those. 

Simon Yates gave everybody a taste of what was to come, by displaying his building form, taking a  final stage victory at the Tour of Poland and Matteo Trentin claimed the European championship title, bringing the jersey to Mitchelton-SCOTT for the first time in the team's history.

After her busy month of July, winning the Giro-Rosa, van Vleuten continued her incredible form, winning the inaugural Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic, a race close to her home town before dominating at the Boels Ladies Tour once again, with a win in her rainbow skinsuit in the opening prologue before an impressive solo win in the leader’s jersey on stage two despite taking a late wrong turn.

Here’s our winning riders post-race reactions:

Simon Yates - Tour de Pologne – Stage 7 winner:
“I am really happy to pull off the win today. We’ve been working hard every day, and the whole team have tried to get a stage win all week and today our efforts have finally paid off.

“It was a tough stage and I chose my moment well to get away over the penultimate climb. Once I had the gap I went full gas into the final and didn’t look back.  It’s great to see my from is bubbling slowly in the right direction, I feel good and now it’s onwards towards the Vuelta a Espana.”

Annemiek van Vleuten Boels Ladies Tour stage winner

"When you pass the finish line in a prologue it always hurts like crazy and it never feels like you did a good job. I tried to go out of the saddle in the last 200metres but I felt like I could almost not pedal anymore. My legs were completely full with lactic acid so I knew that I didn't leave anything out there.

"Then they told me I won by seven seconds, so that was a big surprise. Last year I won the prologue in my home town by five seconds in five kilometres, so now to win in three kilometres with seven seconds is surprising.

"It was super cool to win here in my rainbow jersey, almost in my backyard. It is so cool to show off the rainbow stripes with a win.

Stage 2 - "I have mixed feeling because it was a crazy final, there was no motorbike rider in front of me, I did a recon of the course so I did know it but there was maybe some road works there and I saw some arrows pointing there so I thought maybe they changed the course that is why I went the wrong way.

"I thought I lost the race and lost my time gap after the wrong turn but it was a good day in the end, the teamwork with Spratty was awesome and also Spratty can take a lot of confidence, she was super strong in the final attack.

"The girls also closed the gap in front really well so it was a good team effort and team win today so I look forward to racing with the team tomorrow."

Matteo Trentin - 2018 European Champion
"It's incredible, really incredible to have won after everything I've been through recently, I want to thank everyone who was there for me. This is a great day!

"We wanted to be always in the front because we didn't want to take any risks. The race was made even harder by the weather, but we managed to deal with it the best we could.”

“There was a moment of worry a few kilometres from the end when there was a crash within the leading group, but fortunately it didn’t affect me, and I turned around and saw that Davide Cimolai (Groupama-FDJ/Italy) also managed to stay upright.

“That proved also to be fortuitous, because before that crash, we had decided that we were going to attack and afterwards we had to evaluate how to act and on reflection the crash probably did us a little favour.

"Then in the sprint, I asked Cimolai to lead me out and he did. He did a spectacular job, as did all the Italian team."

August UCI wins:

Tour de Pologne – Stage 7 - Simon Yates
European Championship - Matteo Trentin
Veenendaal-Veenendaal Classic - Annemiek van Vleuten
Boels Ladies Tour Prologue - Annemiek van Vleuten
Boels Ladies Tour - Stage 2 - Annemiek van Vleuten