Mitchelton-SCOTT gear up for another classic with Dwars door VlaanderenMon 1 Apr 2019
It’s back to the bergs and cobbles of Belgium for Mitchelton-SCOTT as the classics squad take on Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday.
European Champion Matteo Trentin will sit out the race, with youngster Rob Stannard stepping in to a strong team with a mix of youth and experience on their side.
Positioned just days before the second Monument of the season, the Tour of Flanders, the Dwars door Vlaanderen serves as an ideal preparation race. The 179 kilometres course is significantly shorter than the ‘Ronde’, but with tight, twisty Belgian lanes, cobblestones and bergs, it has many of the same characteristics.
The peloton will tackle 11 climbs in total, with 10 of them coming in the second-half of the race. There are also six cobbled sectors to contend with as the bunch head from Roeselare to Waregem.
Australian Luke Durbridge put in a strong display in 2017 to finish just off the podium after making it into the decisive group of the day. Former rider Jens Keukeleire was amongst the sprinters that came to the line in the 2016 edition, finishing fifth.
“The team has been riding well in the last couple of races, it was a disappointment to lose (Luke) Durbridge and (Alex) Edmonson before whole campaign really started, but on a positive note (Matteo) Trentin is in really good shape.”
“So we’re all in good spirits and looking forward to Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday and it’s a good opportunity for the whole team, the race will be a little bit more open with a few big names missing off the start list.”
“The race is obviously a lot shorter and it’s a less difficult race than Flanders, so it’s a good opportunity to play our cards and hopefully be aggressive and go on the offensive.”
Laurenzo Lagage (Sports Director):
“I think it’s a big opportunity for the young guys, that in the race before Flanders they can more or less have freedom to try and show themselves and we always have Luka Mezgec as our guy for the sprint if it comes to a reduced sprint.”
“I think all the younger guys are happy with the way the team works and the race on Wednesday is an opportunity for those guys to go for it, to try and do something.”
“I think the way the team has been working together in the last few races, ok the results haven’t been what we wanted, but if you look at the way we raced them, it was great and we were always there.”
“It’s possible that the bad weather is coming just after the race, but it’s possible it could come during the race, so we have to wait, that’s Belgium. But the race can change a lot when it’s raining and windy.”
Dwars door Vlaanderen Race Details:
Wednesday, 3rd April: Roeselare to Waregem, 179km