Trentin ready for another opportunity on the Belgium cobbles at E3 BinckBank ClassicThu 28 Mar 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT’s Classics squad will remain in Belgium this week for another one-day Classics race - E3 BinckBank Classic tomorrow. Sandwiched in-between Driedaagse De Panne yesterday and Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday, the event is the perfect opportunity to test the legs once again on the cobbles and try to secure a Classics win for 2019.
Matteo Trentin will head the squad after showing his early season form having already claimed three victories and having also placed highly in this race in the past. Unfortunately teammate and joint leader Luke Durbridge has been forced out of the race after crashing out of Driedaagse de Panne yesterday.
Two youngsters, Callum Scotson and Edoardo Affini, now have the great opportunity of being able to step-up in the Classic block after the recent withdrawal of Durbirdge and also Alex Edmondson with their respective injuries.
The rest of team will remain much the same for the coming week, as one core Classics group, building on their experience and teamwork, which is crucial in these hectic one-day battles.
The race covers 203km and is known as a mini Tour of Flanders with 15 climbs including the famous Paterberg and the Oude Kwaremont. The race, as many Classics races, often splits into pieces over the cobbles and narrow climbs with the bad weather often a challenging factor.
The team's best result was two years ago in 2017, when Durbridge made it into the race winning move and eventually finished in fourth place in good company. Last year Trentin was also up amongst the contenders going for the victory, making it into a select front group of 12 riders and finished in 11th place after Nikki Terpstra broke away for a solo win.
"I am ready. After Milan San-Remo I am looking forward to be back racing in Belgium for the next block of Classics race. The race is like a mini Flanders so it is good to ride these roads but a win is of course at the top of the wish list.
"Together with Durbo, we were going to be the two protected riders, so having him miss the race with his recent injury after a crash in yesterday's race is a big loss for us and such bad luck for. Now we need to just reorganise our set up and plan a little, but I think we still have a really good team and we are ready to go."
Laurenzo Lapage - Sport Director
“E3 is basically a small flanders, the hills are all the same just the run into the finish is shorter that’s the only real difference. The race can change a lot with the weather and if there is a lot of wind or not, but for the moment it is looking like it will be good weather for this race.
“Trentin has shown before he is really good in these race and with this team around him we have guys now with experience with Hepburn and now Bauer and those guys really know how these races can be.
“After Milan-San Remo it is good that the riders all really believe in leaders like Trentin, he has been really consistent so far this season and it looks good for these classics races.”
Friday, 29th March: Harelbeke - Harelbeke, 203km
Photos courtesy of Kramon