Mitchelton-SCOTT bring a mix of young talent and experience to Gran Premio Miguel Indurain

Tue 2 Apr 2019

Mitchelton-SCOTT head to the north of Spain this weekend for the one-day race, Gran Premio Miguel Indurain, where the team look to take their opportunities with a mixed group of in-form riders.

SunTour stage winner Nick Schultz will be a great option for the Australian outfit having already come close to the victory last year, eventually finishing in third place. Schultz will be joined by the young and talented Lucas Hamilton, fresh from his recent overall victory at Coppi e Bartali, alongwith experienced riders in the form of Cameron Meyer, Michael Albasini, Tsgabu Grmay and local Basque rider Mikel Nieve.

The Team

Michael Albasini - (SUI, 38)
Tsgabu Grmay - (ETH 27)
Lucas Hamilton - (AUS 23) 
Cameron Meyer - (AUS 31)
Mikel Nieve - (SPA 34) 
Nick Schultz - (AUS 23)
Dion Smith - (NZ 25) 

The Course

The 193kilometre one-day race takes place in the Basque country and is a perfect warm-up event for many teams leading into the tough seven-day WorldTour race ‘Pais Vasco’ starting on Monday. 

The race starts and finishes in Estella and includes four main climbs. A first category climb, the Alto Guirguillano, comes after 126kilometres of racing, followed by two, second category climbs, the Alto de Lezaun, at 64kilometres to go and the Alto de Eraul to be completed two times, at 46kilometres to go and then just 9.7kilometres to go.

The race comprises of various laps and passes through Circuit de Navarra and crosses the finish line two-times at 100km and once again at 160km, so the riders have the opportunity to prepare for whats to come after 193kilometres is completed.

The Past

In 2017 Simon Yates soloed to the race victory and last year former rider Carlos Verona sprinted to second place with Nick Schultz (riding for Caja-Rural) sprinted to third place behind the winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

Nick Schultz

“It's always nice going back to a race where you have done well in the past, for sure it helps with the confidence knowing that it was possible to be at the pointy end of the race last year. It's a race I really like and I'm looking forward to lining-up with the lads and to see what we can do in the final. 

“I think that it's the type of race that suits quite a few different styles of rider. It's a little bit of a mix and I think the weather will play a big role in how the race unfolds. 

“I understand that the forecast is not looking great, so, it could turn it into a race of attrition a little bit like last year. I would imagine a group of around 30 guys coming into the final 30kilometres of race where it will become really aggressive. The teams who have a strong presence from there, will be able to light it up and be aggressive.”

Lucas Hamilton

"It is a nice feeling to win GC in Italy heading into this race, it is probably a similar level to Coppie e Bartali, only it is a one-day race. I did this race last year but I had a bit of an injury at the time so I only did 100km or so, but I did all the circuits and really enjoyed it, I think it is a really good race.

"I'm looking forward to heading back, it is a good race for us to take opportinities and race against the best, not on that WorldTour stage."

Gene Bates - Sport Director

“It is a really good race to give some of the younger guys a good opportunity. Nick was third here last year and they all seem to be going really well at the moment, Lucas is coming straight off a win at Coppi e Bartali and Nick also finished on the podium there in Italy.

“I think we have a good very motivated team for the race. It is quite a young team but then we still have the experience of Albasini, Meyer and of course Nieve, it is a home race for him so that always adds to the motivation. I think we can give it a really good go on Saturday.”

Race details:

Saturday, 6th April: Estella - Estella, 193km

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