First taste of the Roubaix cobbles coming up for Mitchelton-BikeExchangeSat 26 May 2018
Mitchelton-Bikexchange go into Sundays Paris-Roubaix Espoirs with a compact four rider team lead by multiple Australian track champion Callum Scotson.
Scotson will be joined by returning British sprinter Jacob Hennessy with the challenging 188.3kilometre race serving as his comeback event after suffering a broken clavicle back in March.
The 51stedition of the Paris-Roubaix Espoirs (U23) covers many of the same iconic cobbled sectors of ‘Pavè’ as the men’s race, 26segments totaling 38kilometres of the race distance and providing a spectacular backdrop to the prestigious junior event.
Colombian climber Brayan Chaves and Australian Harry Sweeny complete the team with Chaves, Sweeny and Hennessy charged with supporting team leader Scoston and looking to position him with a chance of contesting what is sure to be a tough finale.
Brayan Chaves (COL, 20)
Jacob Hennessy (GBR, 21)
Callum Scotson (AUS, 21)
Harry Sweeny (AUS, 19)
Sport director James Victor:
“The team is racing to support Callum on Sunday, he is in good shape at the moment and has been chasing a result for the team since returning to the road after the Commonwealth Games in the spring.”
“It’s a tough course that suits him, but with a compact squad we will have to be patient and maintain good position against the stronger teams. Nevertheless, the boys are relishing the opportunity to compete in a classic like Paris-Roubaix and they are all motivated to do well.
“Jacob is back after a fairly solid period of recovery from a fracture, so the pressure will be off and his help in supporting Callum will be important along with Brayan and Harry.”
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