Four victories on the sport’s biggest stage highlight another consistent season for MTS menThu 24 Oct 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT men wrapped up the 2019 season in China earlier this week with another consistent year of victories highlighted by four wins on the sport’s biggest stage, the Tour de France.
Of the outfit’s 35 UCI victories, just three shy of last year’s record-breaking season, 13 were WorldTour victories and five Grand Tour stage victories.
Whilst South African Daryl Impey topped the team’s winner board taking six victories and Adam Yates and Matteo Trentin sit just behind with five apiece, 11 separate riders shared the team’s winning load, including two victories from neo-pro Edoardo Affini.
Matt White – Head Sport Director:
“In general, it’s been a very very consistent year. We performed at a very high level in all the WT events and across the season we have been super competitive at every race we have lined up in.
“We’ve shown consistency and that comes with having depth in the team. As a team we don’t lean on one person for a lot of results. Daryl, Matteo and the Yates brothers have a number of wins between them, but the wins are really spread amongst the group, which is great because people see that there’s opportunities out there for everybody.
“It’s going to be hard to eclipse our performance at this year’s Tour de France in the future. Four and a half stage wins is a big chunk of the race for any one team. Whenever you take that many wins at a Grand Tour it’s very special, especially on the biggest stage in the sport. It’s a Tour de France that won’t be forgotten too easily, that’s for sure.
“But for me, the important thing to note is that we never go very long without winning. That’s from January to October, and not many teams can guarantee such stability. We have 35 wins this year, and in all of our seasons we haven’t diverted too far from those numbers and to be able to continue to be consistent in our eighth year, with so many wins, it’s not easy and it’s a big achievement that we will be looking to complete again in 2020.”
We take a look back at some highlights of the 2019 season:
Best Ever Tour de France:
After a number of lean appearances at the Tour de France, 2019 was a year to remember with four stellar stage victories from the 21 days of racing.
Having previously won three stages across the last seven years, each of the 2019 stage victories came from breakaways, with 2018 Vuelta a Espana champion Simon Yates winning two stages and Impey and Trentin each taking one apiece.
Historic Down Under:
South African champion Daryl Impey created history at the Tour Down Under, becoming the first male in the race’s 21-year history to win back-to-back overall titles.
After winning on countback in 2018, Impey won stage four on his way to claiming a more convincing 13-second victory at the team’s home WorldTour stage race in 2019.
35 wins, 11 winners:
Mitchelton-SCOTT wrapped up the 2019 season with 35 victories, just three shy of last year’s record breaking achievement.
The team won consistently from January to October, with 11 different victors across the season, including victories for Tsgabu Grmay and Nick Schultz in their first season with the team, and two victories for Affini in his neo-pro year. 23-year-old Lucas Hamilton also took two victories in a big year of development for the young Australian.
Mitchelton-SCOTT Men – 2019 UCI Victories:
- National Championships Australia – Time Trial: Luke Durbridge
- Tour Down Under – Stage 4: Daryl Impey
- Tour Down Under - Overall: Daryl Impey
- Herald Sun Tour – Stage 4: Nick Schultz
- Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana – Stage 2: Matteo Trentin
- National Championships South Africa – Time Trial: Daryl Impey
- Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana – Stage 4: Adam Yates
- National Championships South Africa – Road Race: Daryl Impey
- Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol – Stage 2: Matteo Trentin
- Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol – Stage 4: Simon Yates
- Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol – Stage 5: Matteo Trentin
- Tirreno-Adriatico – Stage 1: TTT
- Paris-Nice – Stage 5: Simon Yates
- Volta Ciclista a Cataluyna – Stage 3: Adam Yates
- Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali – Stage 1b: TTT
- Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali – Overall: Lucas Hamilton
- Itzulia Basque Country – Stage 6: Adam Yates
- Giro d’Italia – Stage 19: Esteban Chaves
- Tour of Norway – Stage 4: Edoardo Affini
- Hammer Limburg – Stage 3: TTT
- Tour of Slovenia – Stage 2: Luka Mezgec
- National Championships Ethiopia – Time Trial: Tsgabu Grmay
- Tour de France – Stage 9: Daryl Impey
- Tour de France – Stage 12: Simon Yates
- Tour de France – Stage 15: Simon Yates
- Tour de France – Stage 17: Matteo Trentin
- Tour de Pologne – Stage 2: Luka Mezgec
- Tour de Pologne – Stage 5: Luka Mezgec
- Czech Cycling Tour – Stage 1: TTT
- Czech Cycling Tour – Stage 4: Lucas Hamilton
- Czech Cycling Tour – Overall: Daryl Impey
- Tour of Britain – Stage 2: Matteo Trentin
- Tour of Britain – Stage 6: Edoardo Affini
- CRO Race – Stage 5: Adam Yates
- CRO Race – Overall: Adam Yates
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