Mitchelton-SCOTT go on the hunt for stage wins at the Tour de Suisse

Wed 12 Jun 2019

Mitchelton-SCOTT will be going on the hunt for stage wins as they head to the Tour de Suisse on Saturday for a tough nine days of racing.

With no clear general classification contender, the squad will focus on individual stage glory with a strong line-up capable of taking wins on a variety of terrain.

European champion Matteo Trentin will be back in action for the first time since the classics, while Kiwi Sam Bewley will continue his comeback from injury.

Mitchelton-SCOTT Team:
Michael Albasini (SUI, 38)
Sam Bewley (NZL, 31)
Alex Edmonson (AUS, 25)
Tsgabu Grmay (ETH, 27)
Michael Hepburn (AUS, 27)
Rob Stannard (AUS, 20)
Matteo Trentin (ITA, 29)

The Course

The racing will kick-off with a short 9.5-kilometre time trial and with a pan-flat profile, it will be one for the TT specialists. Day two will see the peloton take on a mountainous circuit which features two category-two climbs on each lap before a downhill run to the finish.

Stage three should be one for the fast men in the bunch with the only obstacles to overcome being two short category-three ramps, and the following two days could again present opportunities for the sprinters who can make it over the lumpy terrain.

The sixth stage hosts the first summit finish of the race, with a relatively straightforward route leading to the category-one ascent up to Flumserberg. Another summit finish awaits on stage seven with an hors catégorie climb to finish before the riders climb back onto their TT bikes for the penultimate stage. The race then concludes in the mountains with three hors catégorie climbs to negotiate over the 144.4-kilometre final stage.

The Past

Dane Chris Juul-Jensen took a memorable stage win in last year’s race, soloing to victory in tricky conditions. Former rider Michael Matthews sprinted to victory on stage four of the 2015 edition of the race while Cameron Meyer and Esteban Chaves claimed two stages for the team in the previous year.

Meyer also took a win in 2013 when he won the opening stage time trial, while local man Michael Albasini gave the team their first victory at the event in 2012.

Matteo Trentin:
“I'm feeling good. I had a good rest after the classics before I restarted training towards the next goals for the season and I’ve just finished a block of altitude training in Livigno.”

“For sure the Tour de Suisse will be important to get back into the race mood, to restart that race feeling and tune up the body. I'm really curious because the block of altitude training was quite demanding and more endurance orientated, so it will be interesting to see what affect it has had.”

“In the Tour de Suisse the racing is always aggressive. There are stages that suit me in the first half for sure, then the second half is too mountainous for me.”

Matt Wilson (Sports Director):
“We’re coming into the race with no clear GC guy, so our aim will be to primarily go on the hunt for stage wins and I think we have a good squad for that.”

“It’s obviously a good preparation race for the Tour de France for many of our guys, there’s always a strong field there and it’s a tough parcours as usual. For some our guys it’s a big target for the season so we’re hoping for a good week of racing.”

Tour de Suisse 2019 - Race Details:
Saturday, 15th June: Stage 1, Langnau im Emmental - Langnau im Emmental, 9.5km (ITT)
Sunday, 16th June: Stage 2, Langnau im Emmental - Langnau im Emmental, 159.6km
Monday, 17th June: Stage 3, Flamatt - Murten, 162.3km
Tuesday, 18th June: Stage 4, Murten – Arlesheim, 163.9km
Wednesday, 19th June: Stage 5, Münchenstein › Einsiedeln, 177km
Thursday, 20th June: Stage 6, Einsiedeln - Flumserberg, 120.2km
Friday, 21st June: Stage 7, Unterterzen - St. Gotthard, 216.6km
Saturday, 22nd June: Stage 8, Goms - Goms, 19.2km
Sunday, 23rd June: Stage 9, Goms – Goms, 144.4km

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