Back to back races in China for Mitchelton-SCOTT as 2017 draws to a closeThu 26 Oct 2017
The 12th Tour of Hainan will be first up for Australian/Chinese continental outfit Mitchelton-SCOTT followed immediately by the Tour of Fuzhou three days later.
China’s premier stage race will start and finish in Wanning-Xinglong for the third consecutive year with 2017 also witnessing the longest ever edition of the UCI 2.HC event as the race celebrates its 12th anniversary.
The tropical island is China’s southernmost point and famed for it’s idyllic beaches and mountainous interior, however the course will provide plenty of sprint opportunities the with serious climbs coming late in the race.
“We know from previous editions that there will be plenty of sprint finishes to the stages,” said sport director James Victor. “These opportunities allow us to work towards the ongoing development of Robert Stannard whilst we look to Jai Hindley for a tilt at the overall classification.”
“The big question will be the racing form of the guys, after a long season starting back in January in Australia and following on to record the most successful European campaign on record, we now have some demanding races in China to close out the year.
“Although the early stages lean more towards the sprinters it will still be important to race attentively with stage seven a real GC day that includes a category one climb that crests only 12kilometres from the finish.”
Australian U23 national road race champion Samuel Jenner rounds out the team’s three Australian riders with the Chinese contingent represented by Xiaolong Sun, Jiankin Liu, Fuwen Xue and Chao Hua Xue.
“These races provide another great opportunity to further improve our ongoing Australian-Chinese relations,” continued Victor. “We have a great group of athletes working together towards a common goal with some challenging racing ahead over demanding terrain.”
“The five-day Tour of Fuzhou will follow Hainan, so there’s some hard work still ahead for the team, but also some strong performances within their reach.”
Mitchelton-SCOTT at the Tour of Hainan (28th October – 5th November):
Jai Hindley (AUS, 21)
Samuel Jenner (AUS,
Jiankun Liu (CHI, 22)
Robert Stannard (AUS, 19)
Xiaolong Sun (CHI, 23)
Fuwen Xue (CHI, 21)
Chao Hua Xue (CHI, 25)
Tour of Hainan stages:
Saturday 28th October, Stage 1: Wanning Xinglong, 88.3km
Sunday 29th October, Stage 2: Wanning Xinlong to Qionghai/Haikou, 230.2km
Monday 30th October, Stage 3: Haikou to Chengmai, 155.6km
Tuesday 31st October, Stage 4: Chengmai to Lingao-Danzhou, 192.3km
Wednesday 1st November, Stage 5: Danzhou to Changjiang, 167.5km
Thursday 2nd November, Stage 6: Changjiang to Sanya, 222.6km
Friday 3rd November, Stage 7: Sanya to Baoting-Wuzhishan, 166km
Saturday 4th November, Stage 8: Wuzhishan to Qiongzhong-Lingshui, 188.8km
Sunday 5th November, Stage 9: Lingshui to Wanning Xinglong, 154.7km
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