Mitchelton-BikeExchange return to European racing at GP Poggiana on SundayFri 10 Aug 2018
The Italian U23 one-day classic GP Sportivi di Poggiana marks its 43rdedition on Sunday with Chinese UCI Continental team Mitchelton-BikeExchange returning to a race they have won three times.
First held in 1975, around Treviso in the Veneto region of Northern Italy the race covers a hilly 170kilometres including the climbs of Forcella Mostacin and the 20% in places - Muro di Crespignaga.
Since the team’s inception in various guises from the Australian U23 national team through to the current Mitchelton-BikeExchange set up, the team has won the race three times and finished in second place in 2017.
Going into the race with a strong team led by Australian Rob Stannard, making his return to racing since his stage win and third place overall at the Giro d’Italia U23 and including Sam Jenner and Callum Scotson, the squad will be looking for a repeat result and the top ten as a minimum.
Recent stage winner at the Tour of Qinghai Lake in China, Kaden Groves makes his European debut for the team with compatriots Drew Morey and Harry Sweeny completing the line-up.
Kaden Groves (AUS, 19)
Sam Jenner (AUS, 21)
Drew Morey (AUS, 21)
Callum Scotson (AUS, 22)
Robert Stannard (AUS, 19)
Harry Sweeny (AUS, 20)
Sport director James Victor:
“This race is an old and respected U23 event and it is one of our staple one-day classics. We’ve enjoyed some great results here in the past and we have a strong team lined up for Sunday’s race with more than one option for a result and some versatile riders in support.
“Half the team are coming in directly from the Tour of Qinghai Lake in China and have the racing rhythm already in their legs, but not too much of a recovery period in between. Whilst our three protected riders are coming in fresh and from a solid block of rest and training since the Giro.
“Callum, Rob and Sam are all capable of going for a result on this course and having three strong riders in that position gives us excellent options and also for support if one is not going so well as the other.
“It’s a challenging parcours with transitional circuits and often won from an attack out of a leading group over the last climbs. It will be great preparation for the upcoming Tour de l’Avenir and for our guys just coming back to racing it’s a great opportunity to get a good, solid race in their legs.”
Photos courtesy of Twila Federica Muzzi.