Mitchelton-SCOTT conclude Giro with stage win and 8th overallSun 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.
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.”
“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.”
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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