Mitchelton-SCOTT and Ewan hoping for more stage wins at the OVO Energy Tour of BritainFri 31 Aug 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT return to the OVO Energy Tour of Britain this Sunday looking for more stage wins with sprint star Caleb Ewan after claiming a hat-trick of stage victories last year.
The mixed Mitchelton-SCOTT squad includes 11 time Canadian time trial champion Svein Tuft, young climbing talents Rob Power and Lucas Hamilton plus track champions Cameron Meyer and Roger Kluge who bring a turn of speed and power to assist Ewan with the sprint opportunities.
The 2018 edition of the race is raced over eight stages which includes a 14km individual time trial on stage five and a city centre circuit race to finish off the tour in London.
The British race won’t be an easy feat this year with a strong list of competitors and plenty of challenging and heavy roads to battle over each day, it will make all potential sprint stages tough.
"I think my form is pretty good. This is my last race with the team so I’m hoping I can go out on a high. Last year I won a few stages and I hope I can come away with more stage wins this year but we will see, the field is really good here so it’s going to be tough to get a result but with the team we have it should be possible."
"I am really looking forward to racing Tour of Britain I haven’t ever actually been to Britain so this is a totally new experience and I’ve only ever heard good things about the race so I’m looking forward to it.
"There are a lot of stages here that will suit Caleb and I think we have the team to support him in this. There are still some days that are opportunist stages for a breakaway and stronger climbers. So I go in to the race looking forward to helping Caleb snag a couple stages and then potentially looking for opportunities on the tougher hillier days."
Matt Wilson - Sport director
“Our main focus will be sprint goals after Caleb won three stages last year, but as always we will also have opportunities for other riders to find breaks too.”
Previously at the Tour of Britain
In 2017 Ewan walked away with three stage wins plus riding consistently on the other stages with a second and fourth place finishes on other sprint stages.
Sunday, 2nd Sept: Stage 1, Pembrey Country Park to The City of Newport, 174.8km
Monday, 3rd Sept: Stage 2, Cranbrook to Barnstaple, 174km
Tuesday, 4th Sept: Stage 3, Bristol to Bristol, 128km
Wednesday, 5th Sept: Stage 4, Nuneaton to R.Leamington Spa, 183km
Thursday, 6th Sept: Stage 5, Cockermouth to Whinlatter, 14km ITT
Friday, 7th Sept: Stage 6, Barrow-in-Furness to Whinlatter Pass, 168km
Saturday, 8th Sept: Stage 7, West Bradford to Mansfield, 215km
Sunday, 9th Sept: Stage 8, London to London, 77km
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