Mitchelton-SCOTT conclude Giro with stage win and 8th overall

Sun 2 Jun 2019

The 2019 Giro d’Italia came to a close today with a final time trial in Verona, with a Australian champion Luke Durbridge riding to 11th position on the final stage. 

Despite not walking away with the title they dreamed of, Mitchelton-SCOTT concluded the month of racing with a stage victory from Esteban Chaves and eighth overall with Simon Yates

Final Time Trial:
The third and final time trial was to be the decided of the 2019 Giro d’Italia. The 17km course through Verona again featured a mid-course climb, but not to the same extent as the previous two time trial stages. 

Durbridge was Mitchelton-SCOTT’s highest place finisher, stopping the clock in a time of 22:34 to finish 27seconds behind stage winner Chad Haga (Sunweb Team). Yates finished one-minute adrift, but it was enough to retain eighth overall. 

Fighting spirit:
Fresh off success at the last Grand Tour, the 2018 Vuelta a Espana, Mitchelton-SCOTT and Yates lined up with confidence, hoping for back-to-back three-week success. 

Starting off strongly with a second place on the opening time trial, and successfully navigating the next week of sprint stages, an off-day on the critical second time trial trial had the team on the back foot.

Still battling for the best general classification possible, Mitchelton-SCOTT also began to play extra cards for a stage win, eventually riding onto the top step on stage 19 courtesy of Chaves.

Mitchelton-SCOTT – Top 5 Results:

  • 1st Stage 19, Esteban Chaves
  • 2nd Stage 1, Simon Yates
  • 2nd Stage 13, Mikel Nieve
  • 2nd Stage 14, Simon Yates
  • 2nd Stage 17, Esteban Chaves
  • 3rd Stage 15, Simon Yates
  • 4th Stage 7, Lucas Hamilton 

Matt White – Sport Director:
“We can 100% walk away with our heads held high. The boys committed from day one to day 21 and that’s all you can ask for. It wasn’t through a lack of trying, in preparation, in the way we raced or the way we went about things for the three weeks.

“It’s a Grand Tour, they are tricky. Our GC riders are young, especially the Yates brothers at 26-years of age. You can’t win every grand Tour you start, professional cycling is a very competitive world.

“We were in the mix, it just wasn’t enough this year to arrive on the podium. But it wasn’t through a lack of trying.

“We had a stage win, four second-places, we animated the race, we made the race on multiple stages to try to claw back stage wins and to try to keep Simon in a high general classification position.  

“I am nothing but proud of the boys for the way they committed to the three weeks.”  

Simon Yates:
“It was a very disappointing Giro for me personally, although disappointing isn’t the right word, heartbreaking is more accurate. 

"I put a lot of effort into this, a lot of time and it has just not come together the way I was expecting. That’s OK, there’s always another Giro, another year and I will come back at some point and try again. You can always learn and we will do that going forward. 

“The team were great. For sure one of the best I have ever experienced in a Grand Tour. Really on the money from day one and for the whole three weeks the guys were there for me. I was never alone at any moment, whether it was on the flat with the bigger guys or one the climbs with the climbers, they were really amazing.”  

For rider reactions for the full Mitchelton-SCOTT Giro team, click here

Giro d’Italia – Stage 21 Results:
1. Chad Haga (Team Sunweb) 22:07
2. Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Soudal) +0:04
3. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal) +0:06
11. Luke Durbridge (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:27

Giro d’Italia – FINAL General Classification:
1. Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team) 90:01:47
2. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) +1:05
3. Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) +2:30
8. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +7:49

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