Mitchelton-SCOTT return to Italy, eyeing another victory at Giro dell’EmiliaThu 4 Oct 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT return to Italy this weekend ready for a solid of week of racing in the final one-day Italian Classics which kick off with the Giro dell’Emilia on Saturday.
With a team of strong climbers including leaders Jack Haig and Roman Kreuziger, along with the recent Vuelta a Espana winner Simon Yates, the squad is well prepared to tackle the San Luca climb as they eye another victory to follow on from Esteban Chaves’ win back in 2016.
The 101st edition of the Giro dell’Emilia is a hilly 207km from Bologna to San Luca. Three climbs animate the route with the Mongardino, the lengthy 19.7km Passo Zanchetto and the Ganzole, before reaching the 2.1km climb San Luca with gradients reaching 18%.
The riders race up San Luca four times before finishing at the top on the fifth ascent, which often leaves a small fragmented group coming into the bottom. It was recently announced that the climb will be used in 2019 for the opening prologue in the Giro d’Italia.
“I did more or less the same programme last year with the Vuelta, the world champs then to Emilia and I had a good performance last year with a similar race programme. I feel like I am in a similar position this year, hopefully myself, Simon or Roman can do a good result. Roman obviously has good form now after his showing at the world championships.
“The final climb is a super hard and we do it a few times before the finish. It is a pretty cool climb, there’s a lot of fans coming out to the road and super old buildings up the side of the road but it’s pretty tough some sections are really steep.”
“It is a very beautiful race, one that I have done before. These races are very important in the build up to the last classic, the last monument of the year, Lombardia, so it is a very important period of the year for us. With my sensations after the road world championships I am a little sceptical about performing at my best but I am excited to be back there and I’ll give it my best shot.”
Dave McPartland - Sport Director
“We have good climbers for this race with Simon, Jack and Roman. After the ride Roman did at the worlds, the ride he did he has shown he warrants support along with Jack. It is the same as previous years with one big loop of around 150km then go up the climb, passing the finish line for the first time and it is five climbs in total.
“The big goal of the Italian classics campaign is Lombardia and the reason we do these races is it is a good chance for the guys who have good form at the end of the season to try and get another win and it is also the chance for younger guys and other guys who don’t normally get the opportunity.”
Previously in Giro dell’Emilia
In 2016 Mitchelton-SCOTT enjoyed success in the one-day race when Chaves claimed the race victory and last year Jack Haig finishing in 9th spot.
Saturday, 6th September: Bologna to San Luca, 207km
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