Canada calling: Adam Yates and Daryl Impey lead GP Québec and GP Montréal squadsTue 10 Sep 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT head to Canada with an array of climbing talent and one-day specialists as they tackle the demanding Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal.
Brit Adam Yates returns to action and the 27-year-old will be looking to be in the mix after previously stepping onto the rostrum in Montréal back in 2015. South African champion Daryl Impey is also back in the fold after taking the overall at the Czech Cycling Tour last month.
Australian Lucas Hamilton lines-up for the squad off the back of winning the final stage in the Czech Republic, while compatriot Jack Haig heads into both races following a strong third place at the Bretagne Classic in France.
Brent Bookwalter (USA, 35)
Jack Haig (AUS, 26)
Lucas Hamilton (AUS, 23)
Daryl Impey (RSA, 34)
Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN, 30)
Rob Stannard (AUS, 20)
Adam Yates (GBR, 27)
Both races take place around laps of a city circuit, with the peloton lapping the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec course 16 times, while the Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal features 18 laps. The races are also lengthy, with both coming in at over 200-kilometres and with climbs on each lap, the distance will play a big role in wearing the field down.
Each race is categorised by a climb on each lap with the ramp to the finish line the key to finishing off the race in Québec. The Mont Royal climb is the major test for the bunch in Montréal as they tackle the ascent 18 times, the last of which comes just before the finish line.
The team have twice won in Québec, with former rider Simon Gerrans taking a memorable victory in the team’s debut season. The Australian then backed up his victory in 2014, before going onto do the double as he claimed the win in Montréal two days later.
The squad narrowly missed out on victory in both races in 2015 as Adam Yates finished runner-up in Montréal and ex-rider Michael Matthews took second place in Québec.
“The past couple of weeks have been great, a much-needed rest away from racing and now I feel ready to get back into it.”
“These Canadian races are usually pretty tough, you really have to be on it every lap with positioning and looking after yourself because if you’re in the wrong place when a dangerous move happens you could spend the next lap or two getting out of trouble and it’ll really hurt your chances of winning.”
“As a team we’ve had some pretty good results here in the past and we know how to attack the races, it’s just a matter of putting it all out there on the day. We’ve got a well-rounded and motivated team, so with a bit of commitment I think we can pull of some nice results!”
“I haven't had much time off since winning in the Czech Republic and I'm looking forward to racing in Canada again. I feel like they are both races that suit me, but they are demanding as well, so the legs need to be there to be able to do anything on courses like that."
“Both races are all about position and fighting to be in the front, not wasting any energy. We have a good team that are cable of doing that and we should be able to aim for good results.”
Matt White (Sports Director):
"Both races are on world championship style circuits, the first one in Quebec typically comes down to a reduced bunch sprint, obviously there’s a tough last couple of kilometres up to the line, but traditionally it’s a small group sprint between 50-60 riders."
"The second race has a lot more metres of climbing, Montreal is a much tougher circuit, breaks can stay away and usually the bunch is thinned out a lot more. Quebec is suited to the classics guys, the ones with a bit of speed, whereas in Montreal teams ride a bit more aggressive and breaks can stick and you do see some climbers win Montreal."
"So those are the two options and we’ve got a versatile team to cover those bases and it’s been a good hunting ground for us over the years. The courses haven't changed since they were designed and the tactics are pretty simple on these courses, it’s always safety in numbers and to cover key moves at certain times and we’ve got the team to do that."
Friday, 13th Sepetmber: Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec, 201.6km
Sunday, 15th September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal, 219.6km
Photos courtesy of Kristof Ramon.