Mitchelton-BIkeExchange to make first appearance at Tour of LangkawiFri 16 Mar 2018
Chinese UCI Continental team Mitchelton-BikeExchange will make their debut appearance at the 23rd Tour of Langkawi in Malyasia on Sunday with a strong six-rider squad keen to get back to racing after a solid start to the season in Dubai.
British sprinter and future classics prospect Jacob Hennessy lines up alongside Australians Harry Sweeny and Callum Scoston who returns to the road after winning two bronze medals at the World Track Championships racing in the Scratch race and the Madison.
Chinese riders Liu Jiankin, Ziuhui Jiang and Niu Yikui complete the line-up for what will be a challenging eight-day race over demanding terrain that includes plenty of climbing and some long stages.
New signing Ziuhui Jiang will bring experience to the team after a period racing for SEG-Racing-Academy in 2015-2016 and also as a stagiaire for Dutch WorldTour team LottoNL-Jumbo, becoming the first Chinese rider to ever compete at the U23 Paris-Roubaix.
Jacob Hennessy (GBR, 21)
Liu Jiankun (CHI, 22)
Ziuhui Jiang (CHI, 24)
Callum Scotson (AUS, 21)
Harry Sweeny (AUS, 19)
Niu Yikui (CHI, 23)
2016 Gent-Wevelgem U23 winner Hennessy will lead the team in the sprints and be the prorectecd riuder whilst Sweeny and the Chinese riders looking to be active in the hillier stages and summit finishes.
Scotson and Ziuhui Jiang will both play supporting roles as they look to rebuild their road condition after competing at the UCI World Track Championships in Appeldoorn recently.
2018 First appearance for Mitchelton-BikeExchange.
Sport director Dave Sanders:
“We have just come from a productive preparation camp on Hainan Island in China where we have been working towards our goals for the Tour of Langkawi and we are looking forward to getting back to racing."
“Jacob has clear objectives to try and utilise the opportunities in Langkawi to continue his development within the team as quality finisher and he will have some strong support to help him do that.
“With a couple of the guys coming in directly form track competition we will be using part of the race as preparation for them and Callum specifically has the Commonwealth games coming up in April but will also play a key role in leading out Jacob for the sprints.
“The rest of the team will be there for support and looking for opportunities to get into the breakaway, the summit finish on stage five at Cameron Highlands will be a key stage for the overall and we need to be up there at the business end to try and get a good result on GC.”
Tour of Langkawi 18th to 25th March:
Sunday 18th March, stage 1: Kangar to Kulim, 147.9km
Monday 19th March, stage 2: Gerik to Kota Bharu, 208km
Tuesday 20th March, stage 3: Kota Bharu to Kuala Terengganu, 166km
Wednesday 21st March, stage 4: Dungun to Pekan, 177.6km
Thursday 22nd March, stage 5: Bentong to Cameron Highlands, 169.4km
Friday 23rd March, stage 6: Tapah to Tanjung Malim, 108.5km
Saturday 24th March, stage 7: Nilai to Muar, 222.4km
Sunday 25th March, stage 8: Rembau to Kuala Lumpur, 141.km
Photos courtesy of Getty Images.