Four stages wins make 2019 Tour de France most successful ever for Mitchelton-SCOTT

Sun 28 Jul 2019

Mitchelton-SCOTT has wrapped up the most successful Tour de France in its eight year history today, claiming four emphatic stage victories on the road to Paris.

The Australian outfit, that had previously won three stages across the last seven years, won each of its four stage victories from breakaways, with 2018 Vuelta a Espana champion Simon Yates winning two stages and South African Daryl Impey and Italian Matteo Trentin each taking one apiece.

Despite starting the three-week race with general classification ambitions, the eight-man squad regrouped immediately after leader Adam Yates conceded time, before concluding the race with seventh place in the final sprint on the Champs Élysées.

Stage success:

Daryl Impey (Stage 9)
Having contributed to each of Mitchelton-SCOTT’s Tour de France successes – part of the team time trial win in 2013 and leading out Simon Gerrans (2013) and Michael Matthews (2016) – Impey’s stage nine victory was one of the most well-earned in the team’s history.

The South African played his cards in the breakaway to perfection, bridging across to solo leader Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) on the final climb before outsprinting the Belgian to the line.

Simon Yates (Stage 12)
Having arrived in France to assist his brother Adam and potentially hunt for a stage win, Simon Yates struck gold mid-race with a successful breakaway attempt on stage 12.

The 27-year-old outsprinted Pello Bilbao (Astana Pro Team) and Gregor Mühlberger (BORA – hansgrohe) to complete his Grand Tour stage trifecta following his success at the Giro d’Italia (2018) and Vuelta a Espana (2016 and 2018).

Simon Yates (Stage 15)
Simon Yates took his second stage win in four days in Foix, attacking the breakaway on the bottom of the final climb and holding off a fast-closing general classification group.

Matteo Trentin (Stage 17)
After seven top-10 places, Trentin finally claimed a long-await stage victory, his third at the Tour de France.  Despite being widely considered as the faster rider in the breakaway, Trentin attacked solo ahead of the final climb, removing any risk and soloing downhill to the finish line.

Final day:
After the steady annual procession at start of the final stage, the real action began once the riders entered the Champs Élysées as four-riders immediately attacked away from the peloton.

The leaders fought on ahead of the fast chasing peloton lap after lap, just managing to hold on to a small gap of around 20seconds, until they were all finally caught with just under two-laps to go.

The pace picked up ready for the final sprint with the peloton strung out in one long line before Mitchelton-SCOTT headed to the front with 3.5kilometres to go to keep Trentin in a good position into the tunnel.

The stage 17 winner surfed the wheels in the last kilometres before sprinting to another top-10 finish with seventh place behind the stage winner Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal).

Matteo Trentin – Seventh on final stage:
“We said this morning we would try to surprise the other teams with a proper lead-out train today, as the last day we could put all the horse power on the ground and I think the boys did really good.

“It was crucial to be in the tunnel at the front and that is what the guys did, we came in a good position on the last lap and we just went full gas into the tunnel. I surfed the wheels a little bit but then Caleb came really far from the back like a bullet.

“It would have been good to be a few places better but I think for the victory it would have been hard. It is nice to be here in Paris and after the magnificent Tour we did and I think it was another chance today and we tried to grab it and that was the most important thing.

“It was a fantastic three-weeks. When you come here with a GC hope and the GC hope finishes, it is unfortunate but can happen, it is sport, but straight away we went again on any single day that we could win. We were always there, always trying and four stages is not something you have everyday."

Matt White – Head Sport Director:
“A win is a win and it’s been our most successful Tour – four stages at the Tour de France is very impressive.

“The way we’ve going about it has been pleasing as well, from breakaways. Of the six breakaways we were in, we took four stage wins and another one was cancelled so it’s not too bad of a strike rate.

“The most pleasing thing was the way the boys went about their business. Obviously the number one objective when we came in was to support Adam on the general classification. We already had two stage wins when we had to change our tack, but not only did we change tack, we changed tack very successfully and bagged another two wins as well.

“It’s pretty gratifying. Every year, everyone works just as hard. Some years you have good luck and others bad luck. We’ve been on the tail of some bad luck the last couple of years, but this year we’ve had some good luck, but you make your own luck at the same time.”

Tour de France 2019 Stage 21 Results:
1. Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) 3:04:08
2. Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo-Visma) ST
3. Niccolo Bonifazio (Total Direct Energie) ST
7. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST

Tour de France Final General Classification:
1. Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) 82:57:00
2. Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) +1:11
3. Steven Kruijswijk (Team Jumbo-Visma) +1:31
29. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +1:16:50

Mitchelton-SCOTT – Tour de France Stage Wins:
2013 – Stage 3 (Simon Gerrans)
2013 - Stage 4 (Team Time Trial)
2016 – Stage 10 (Michael Matthews)
2019 – Stage 9 (Daryl Impey)
2019 – Stage 12 (Simon Yates)
2019 – Stage 15 (Simon Yates)
2019 – Stage 17 (Matteo Trentin)

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