Magical Month of May recap & reactionsSat 8 Dec 2018
The fifth month of the 2018 season proved to be a magical one for Mitchelton-SCOTT with a record number of 16 victories - the most wins compared to any other month of the 2018 season.
The team’s winning ways started with Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates taking first and second place on stage six of the Giro d’Italia before Yates went on to claim three stage wins and hold the Maglia Rosa jersey for an incredible number of 13 days.
The variety of victories were wide-spread across seven different riders, with Mikel Nieve claiming his first victory in his Mitchelton-SCOTT colours, 37-year-old Michael Albasini coming back from illness to take a stage win and the overall victory at the Tour des Fjords before the men’s team dominated with a clean sweep at Hammer Stavenger.
The women’s team also showed their winning intentions for the rest of the season with world champion Annemiek van Vleuten taking another time trial victory in Emakumeen XXXI Bira, which moved her into the lead before Amanda Spratt broke away solo for 40km to steal the final stage win and secure the overall title.
The stage six Giro d’Italia one-two performance also inspired the women’s team later in the month, as Sarah Roy and Gracie Elvin replicated the win at the one-day Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik, taking first and second place so finish off the magical month.
Here’s our winning riders post-race reactions:
Esteban Chaves – Giro d’Italia stage 6 winner
"It's unbelievable, this is the best start for the Giro d'Italia. I knew we had to be up front, we had a very hard stage to Etna. I made the break with Jack and I want to say thank you to him - he pulled so much in the breakaway.
“In the finale I rode with Simon and I was first, and he claimed the maglia rosa. How unbelievable is that? I think also I'm in the king of the mountains jersey - it's like a dream. Now we go to the mainland, we're super excited, and we will keep on dreaming."
Simon Yates – Giro d’Italia 3x stage winner
Stage 9 - “That one was for the boys, the big guys who’ve been riding on the front all day. They’ve had a couple of tough days, always riding on the front on some really long stages. That’s for those guys.
“It was a very long stage, a hard race in the end, I'm really tired but I'm happy that I managed to win the stage. I said from the beginning that we came here to win.
Stage 15- “It was a bit of instinct. I chose my moment to go, they responded the first time so I gave it everything the second time to get away and finally managed to get away. I am super happy, I am a bit emotional after today, I really gave it everything.”
Mikel Nieve - Giro d’Italia stage 20 winner
“It has been a perfect day today, just the way I dreamed it and I am really happy for myself and for the team. After yesterday, it was important to bounce back and now we have to be happy with what we have achieved at the Giro.
“With five stage wins and so many days in the Maglia Rosa it has been a great Giro d’Italia for us."
Michael Albasini - 2018 Tour des Fjords stage and overall winner
"In the finish everybody in the team was up their giving their best to bring me in a good position and it was up to me to finish it off. It was tight but I just made it and I am really happy now.
"We knew I would have to finish on the podium again for the bonus seconds, so there was a bit of pressure on and because the team rode so well for me.
"The team gave me the best chance to have a sprint then it was just up to me. It is good to know I am back and it was a confirmation for me personally that I can still be up there and I am really really happy for this."
Cameron Meyer - Hammer Stavenger – Chase and team win
"That was awesome and was probably one of the best TTT rides I have been a part of, we rode it so smoothly and we got told we were up on the other teams quite early so we knew we were on a good run and it has been a really successful few days.
"We wanted to finish with a bang so kept riding all the way to the finish even though we had a large advantage, there's a lot of team time trials coming this year so this is another dress rehearsal.”
Amanda Spratt - 2018 Emakumeen XXI Bira stage and overall winner
"I am really happy, we came here with some good GC options with Annemiek and Georgia and I was the one people were probably not looking at as much and I used that to my advantage.
"The whole day we were always on the front foot and Annemiek and Georgia could just sit there. I honestly didn't expect to win it but I am super happy. I am really happy for the whole team, it is a great day for us.
"We really used our numbers and we couldn't have asked for a better day."
Sarah Roy - Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik winner
"That was such a cool way to win a bike race. Gracie attacked on the Bosberg and came across to me. We had a long way to go and on a lumpy course but we both felt good today and knew we had Georgia behind.
"Being away just the two of us and winning can't get much better than that."
May 2018 UCI wins:
Giro d’Italia – Stage 6: Esteban Chaves
Giro d’Italia – Stage 9: Simon Yates
Giro d’Italia – Stage 11: Simon Yates
Giro d’Italia – Stage 15 Simon Yates
Tour des Fjords – Stage 2: Michael Albasini
Tour des Fjords – Overall: Michael Albasini
Hammer Stavenger – Sprint: Team
Hammer Stavenger – Climb: Team
Giro d’Italia – Stage 20: Mikel Nieve
Hammer Stavenger – Chase: Team
Hammer Stavenger – Team
Emakumeen XXXI Bira Stage 2 ITT: Annemiek van Vleuten
Emakumeen XXI Bira Stage 4: Amanda Spratt
Emakumeen XXXI Bira GC: Amanda Spratt
SwissEver GP Cham: Amanda Spratt
Gooik-Geraardsbergen-Gooik: Sarah Roy