Mitchelton-BikeExchange get back to one day racing at GP San VendemianoSat 21 Apr 2018
Chinese UCI Continental outfit Mitchelton-BikeExchange return to one day racing on Italian soil at the GP San Vendemiano on Sunday with a strong squad aiming for the top ten.
A hilly 171kilometre parcours around Conegliano and San Vendemiano in the picturesque Veneto region consists of six initial circuits followed by four finishing laps that include repeated ascents of the Ca’del Poggio climb, with ramps up to 15%.
After a strong start to the team’s European campaign with an impressive victory at the Giro del Belvedere recently Robert Stannard is motivated and in good form with compatriot Sam Jenner also showing signs of a return to his early season condition.
With Stannard and Jenner leading, strong support on the climbs comes from talented Colombian Brayan Chaves, still finding his feet in European racing the 20-year-old has impressed so far and will be crucial for the team’s aspirations over the tough final circuits.
Callum Scotson returns to domestic racing after a successful supporting role in Australia’s Commonwealth Games road race winning team with Harry Sweeny completing the line-up.
Brayan Chaves (COL, 20)
Sam Jenner (AUS, 21)
Callum Scotson (AUS, 21)
Robert Stannard (AUS, 19)
Harry Sweeny (AUS, 19)
Sport director James Victor:
“We’ve got a strong team going into the race and a top ten finish and potential podium is what we’re aiming for. Rob is in really good shape after his win in Belvedere and riding well for the national team at the north European classics and it’s the kind of course that could suit him.”
“Positioning is going to be important going into the final circuits, especially on such a challenging course and we’ll be looking to Callum and Harry to make sure our climbers are kept up near the front and working with any necessary chases to ensure our best chance of going for a result.
“Callum is coming straight in after competing at the Commonwealth Games and Harry has just recovered from a hand injury, but their work early on will be important before Brayan comes in and uses his climbing talent to try and break the group down for Rob and Sam.
“We’re heading into an important and busy period of racing with Tour de Bretagne coming up and more one day races leading into Paris-Arras and the boys are really motivated to do well on Sunday and create some momentum for the coming objectives.”
GP San Vendemiano, 171kilometres, Sunday 22nd of April.