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Kreuziger to lead Mitchelton-SCOTT at Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Fri 20 Apr 2018

Mitchelton-SCOTT are ready for the fourth Monument of the season, the 104th edition of Liege-Bastogne-Liege, with a strong seven-rider team to support in-form 31-year-old Roman Kreuziger.

After a strong showing so far in the Ardennes classics, after taking second place in the Amstel Gold Race and fourth place up the Mur de Huy in La Fleche Wallonne, the team and Kreuizger are hungry to achieve in the iconic 258kilometre one-day event. 

On Sunday the team will welcome 2018 signing Mikel Nieve, as he makes his debut for Mitchelton-SCOTT after being forced to miss the first part of the season due to injury.

The race

The oldest of the five cycling monuments, Liege-Bastogne-Liege is also considered one of the most difficult one-day races on the calendar due to the combination of its length and terrain. 

The race features eleven categorised climbs and a scattering of other difficult but uncategorised climbs and the weather on Sunday is set to be pleasantly warm, unlike previous editions where harsh rainy conditions that have added to the difficulty of the race.

The team

Michael Albasini - (SUI, 37)
Jack Haig - (AUS, 24)
Daryl Impey - (RSA, 33)
Chris Juul-Jensen - (DEN, 28)
Roman Kreuziger - (CZE 31) 
Mikel Nieve - (ESP 33)
Carlos Verona - (ESP, 25)

Matt White - Sport Director

“The difference this year is that it has probably be the warmest Ardennes campaign that I’ve seen in the past 20years or so and this has had an effect on the racing.

"It has been a successful stint so far for us and we are looking to finish things of with a bit of a bang. Roman has clearly shown he is in super shape and he will get our full support for Sunday.

"We have got a good group around him and a good group for options to play with in the final.”

Roman Kreuziger 

“Liege is something you don’t do everyday, it is one of the monuments for the climbers and the length of these one-day Ardennes races makes them very different. 

“Coming second in Amstel and fourth on the Mur de Huy is confirmation that the form is good and for Sunday I can be relaxed, stay focussed and the podium is within reach.”

Jack Haig

“This year I can take some more confidence into the race after having a good performance in Flèche Wallonne and also having extra experience now with more years riding as a pro helps with the longer distance in these one-day races.

“We can see in these last two Ardennes races that Roman has been super strong so we can go into Liege this Sunday with a real contender.

“I really like Liege, I raced it as an under23 too, I like how hard the climbs are and fatiguing and all the history behind it.”

Previously in Liege-Bastogne-Liege 

In 2016 Albasini narrowly missed out on a Liege-Bastogne-Liege victory, thriving in horrific conditions to finish in second place behind Wout Poels (Team Sky). 

In 2014 the Australian outfit won the Monument for the first time with former rider Simon Gerrans. 

Details

Sunday, 22nd April: Liege to Ans, 258.5km

Photo courtesy of Getty Images 

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