Impey heads Mitchelton-SCOTT at Prudential RideLondon Surrey ClassicThu 1 Aug 2019
Tour de France stage winner Daryl Impey will lead a mixed Mitchelton-SCOTT outfit at this year’s Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic as the team looks for their first victory in the one-day British race.
The Australian squad has been close before but never quite clinched the win and for this year's edition bring a team built with experienced puncheur riders, suited to the course with Michael Albasini, Jack Bauer, Cameron Meyer and Michael Hepburn plus two young talented riders, Rob Stannard and Edoardo Affini.
For 2019 the course has changed with the riders facing one ascent of the Newlines Corner climb before five-laps around a circuit taking in Box-Hill climb each lap.
There’s not much time for recovery with each ascent of Box-Hill coming every 15kilometres as the climbers try to sap the energy from the sprinters legs.
Previously the race has only featured Box-Hill (the climb featured in the London 2012 Olympic Games road race) once on the run into London, so this year with a reduced distance of 167kilometre and a lot more climbing, it is likely to be a race of attrition on the typical heavy, undulating British roads.
The team has finished inside the top-ten on four occasions including a second place finish by former rider Magnus Cort in 2017. The race has always had a variety of finishes with many bunch sprints but also a few editions saw the opportunists win from a breakaway. Last year the race concluded with a bunch sprint won by Pascal Ackermann.
“I’m really looking forward to Ride London especially with the new course for this year, it is more relentless with five times up Box-Hill and I think with the team we have for suits this type of course better.
“Of course coming off a successful Tour de France with the team I am feeling good and confident and hopefully after a few days rest the legs will be good for Sunday.
"We’ve also got a good mixed team with riders coming back to racing after a hard month of training so I really think this year could be a good year for us to try an win this race for the first time.”
Mathew Hayman - Sport Director
“Daryl is coming off a fantastic Tour de France and I’m sure the other guys that haven’t been racing will be looking forward to getting back into it and it is great to have Daryl at this race, coming off his stage win at the Tour and also Michael Hepburn coming in from racing the Tour de France.
“They’ve changed the course this year and now they’re doing Box Hill five times whereas in the past they’ve only done that as the last climb coming into London. It is a slightly shorter race than the other years so I think the organisers are looking for a bit more of a fiery race and we have the team for that. I am sure Daryl doesn’t want to come to the finish line with all the sprinters so it is going to be exciting to see with this new course how the race will change and how the riders will change the tactics of the race.
“The guys coming off a big break, some of them have been at altitude training preparing for goals at the end of the season and I am sure they’ll be excited to test themselves not his new course and we are very much looking forward to the race on Sunday.”
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