Mezgec heads a young, talented Mitchelton-SCOTT squad at the Tour of NorwaySun 26 May 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT will bring a fairly young team to the six-day Tour of Norway next week, looking to maximise their opportunities under the guidance of older, experienced, Slovenian sprinter Luka Mezgec.
The trio of neo-pro’s Callum Scotson, Rob Stannard and Edoardo Affini have all had a strong start to the season and look to build their form heading into the second part of the year, whilst former Australian road race champion Alex Edmondson returns to racing in Norway after an early season injury.
The six-day race features a mixture of stages with four-days that look like they could potentially come down to bunch sprints and a couple of days more suited to the climbers. With plenty of altitude metres to climb everyday, naturally through the undulating rolling terrain, the lengthy stages will be tough from start to finish.
The final day looks to be the hardest, as the only day with a first category climb Smeden, that comes just 11kilometres from the finish line.
The team has never yet been able to clinch the overall victory in the Tour of Norway but in 2017, former rider Simon Gerrans came close with a second place finish overall. Likewise with stage wins, the squad has previously picked up second place stage finishes in the past, by former riders Simon Clarke and Caleb Ewan.
“I’m looking forward to the Tour of Norway because I had a small rest after the classics and then a really good build up for this period of racing. It’s a good race to get back in to the rhythm of racing.
“With all very talented youngsters in the team, I’m excited to help them in their learning curve of professional cycling and hopefully there will be some sprint opportunities for us.”
“It’s going to be great to get back into racing with the Tour of Norway after having a short break. I have had a good period of training to build up to this next block so it will be great to see what I can do.
I think it is a really great race for the younger guys to take opportunities.”
Laurenzo Lapage - Sport Director
“I checked the course and they’re really long stages, there’s maybe four stages that have a big chance of coming down to a bunch sprint so we have Luka Mezgec and also Rob Stannard for those days, but also it is a good opportunity for other guys to go in breakaways.
“These races are really good for young riders, they can compete for the win, take chances and not forget how to win. After they all had a long break, I think this is a good race to start at again.
“For the moment the weather is good, it can be really good or really bad here which can effect the racing a lot, hopefully it will stay ok for the week ahead.”
Tour of Norway Race Details:
Tuesday, 28th May: Stage 1, Stavanger - Edersund, 168.2km
Wednesday, 29th May: Stage 2, Kvinesdal - Mandal, 174km
Thursday, 30th May: Stage 3, Lyngdal - Kristiansand, 180km
Friday, 31st May: Stage 4, Arendal - Sandefjord, 224km
Saturday, 1st May: Stage 5, Skien - Drammen, 159.7km
Sunday, 2nd May: Stage 6, Gran - Hønefoss, 175.4km
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