March recap & reactions

Wed 5 Dec 2018

Mitchelton-SCOTT continued their string of wins over in European throughout March, with the ’Belgian bullet’ Jolien D’hoore claiming her first victory in Mitchelton-SCOTT colours before the Yates brothers kicked off their successful seasons with their first victories of the 2018.

Here’s our winning rider's post-race reactions:

Jolien D’hoore - Driedaagse de Panne winner
"It was a very nervous race. I was not sure if we were going to catch the front riders so I just focused on the sprint, even if it was for the seventh or eighth place, that didn’t matter. When we were sprinting I didn’t know if it was for the first place or not.

“It is the first time that we can start here in this race, so it was a new course for everyone and I’m really happy to take my first victory for the team.”

Simon Yates - Paris-Nice stage 7 winner
“It’s my first victory on a real summit finish so I’m really happy. Obviously really tired now but we need to defend tomorrow.

“I don’t think anybody likes these conditions but I don’t mind racing in the rain. The plan was to be in good position from the start because it was a very difficult Paris-Nice stage - never a straight bit of road, twisting and turning on really difficult terrain and you save so much energy at the front.

"Normally I don’t like to sit at the front, I prefer to sit back and relax a bit but it was one of those days that you really need to be there.”

Adam Yates – Tirreno-Adriatico stage 5 winner
“I’ve been feeling really good on the climbs, especially the steeper sections and with the situation on the general classification we knew that we needed to race intelligently to get a stage win and try to move back up the overall.

“The guys were absolutely brilliant today and we went in with a plan that was executed perfectly, they really ramped the pace up on the closing circuit and dropped me off in a great position on the climb.

“All I had to do was attack I’ve been feeling really good and I knew if I could get a gap that I had as good chance of holding it. After starting the race so well and then getting some bad luck it is great that we could turn it around and get the result.”

Simon Yates- Volta Ciclista a Catalunya stage 7 winner
“It was very difficult and very fast from the beginning and the breakaway didn’t go until very late. I wasn’t sure if I could match the really fast guys here so I decided to try and go early and it paid off. Overall we kept trying everyday and laid it on the line even with the sprints for Impey and we can be proud of that.”

March 2018 UCI wins:

  • Driedaagse Brugge - De Panne - Jolien D'hoore
  • Paris-Nice – Stage 7 - Simon Yates
  • Tirreno-Adriatico – Stage 5 -  Adam Yates
  • Volta Ciclista a Catalunya – Stage 7 - Simon Yates