Mitchelton-SCOTT with options for the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey ClassicFri 27 Jul 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT will line-up at this weekend’s one-day race, Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic, with both sprint and breakaway options to tackle the 183km British classic style race.
After a few weeks without racing, many riders return to the start line ready for the final phase of the season, as the team expect to a tough aggressive and fairly unpredictable day.
The event shadows the 2012 London Olympic road race route, with undulating roads through Surrey, including five king of the mountain primes along the way.
The first KOM, Staple Lane, comes after approximately 50km followed by Leith Hill, two ascents of Ranmore, before the final well known KOM, Box hill.
After the riders complete the 2.5km Box hill, the run into the finish is 50km of fairly flat roads, which leaves the race open to the possibility of a sprint. However, a late breakaway surviving to the line can never be ruled out, as seen in previous editions of the event.
The Mitchelton-SCOTT mixed team line up includes strong engines with 11 time Canadian time trial champion Svein Tuft, Tour of Swiss stage winner Chris Juul-Jensen, Tour des Fjord winner Michael Albasini and multiple Vuelta Espana stage winner Matteo Trentin - all suited to the possibility of a breakaway.
If the race comes down to a sprint, the Australian outfit can challenge for the victory with a group of fast riders with sprint star Caleb Ewan, Australian champion Alex Edmondson and Slovenian Luka Mezgec.
“I really love London, it is a really nice race because it is like a classic but it is not guaranteed that will be a sprint. When you go into the hills it’s always fighting and an attacking style of racing and it is a race that suits me quite well.
“We have options for everything, with options for sprints and options to go from far away or into a late breakaway. It is good for us to have all these options, it can be a sprint or small group at the finish or even like last year when it came back togetherin the final kilometre, so it is really a race that can finish in any situation.
“I am feeling pretty good, the fitness is here, of course I just need some races to get back into the rhythm but I am happy with my condition coming back from altitude and this week in Ordizia I was pretty happy with my condition.”
“I’m excited about heading to London to race, we have a super strong team with a few different options to play.
“It’s always a great race with an awesome atmosphere with huge crowds and I think that it’s going to be an interesting race now that a lot of the sprinters have pulled out of the Tour de France.
“I am looking forward to getting back with the Mitchelton-SCOTT boys and pinning on a number again.”
Matt Wilson - Sport director
"We have a multifaceted team who can attack the race and win in a variety of scenarios. It is a first race back for a lot of riders, a few guys raced on Wednesday in the Basque country, but for the rest of them it is their first race back in quite a while, so it represents a good return to racing ahead of August, September goals.
"It is a hard race, it is often a sprint but on a couple of occasions we have seen a breakaway stay away. It is always close whether the breakaway comes back or whether it's a sprint, so hopefully it will be a pretty exciting race."
Previously in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic
Last year the race concluded with a bunch sprint where former Mitchelton-SCOTT rider Magnus Cort sprinted to second place, and in 2016 it was Michael Matthews who also took a podium finish for the team with third place.
Sunday, 29 July: St James’s Park to The Mall, 183km
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