Mitchelton-SCOTT have options with a powerful team for Binckbank Tour

Fri 10 Aug 2018

Mitchelton-SCOTT have a solid strong team for the seven-day Binckbank Tour as they bring options for both stage victories and the overall classification.

Sprint star Caleb Ewan will be a clear option for the team on the potential sprint stages while the likes of Luke Durbridge, fresh from the Tour de France, will be one option for the team for the overall.

The race

The seven-day race follows the traditional pattern of a split course between the low lands of Belgium and the Netherlands.

Predominantly consisting of road stages, the race is split by an individual time trial on stage two that should suit the characteristics of riders such as 11 time Canadian national champion Svein Tuft, Australian road champion Alex Edmondson and Luke Durbridge who will be looking to the overall classification.

The Team

Luke Durbridge - (AUS, 27)
Alexander Edmondson - (AUS, 24)
Caleb Ewan - (AUS, 24)
Mathew Hayman - (AUS, 40)
Chris Juul-Jensen - (DEN, 29)
Roger Kluge - (GER, 32) 
Svein Tuft - (CAN, 41)

Luke Durbridge

"I'm looking forward to the Binckbank tour, I haven't been back to this race for many years, I think the last time was in 2012 or 2013. I always love these races, they are similar to the early season classics, it is all about positioning and crosswinds, it is one of those races that not everybody loves but deep down I love. So I am really looking forward to getting back to Holland and racing.

"The team we have is a great squad, we have the experience of Hayman and Tuft and then obviously some really good opportunities for Caleb in the sprints.

"We have some guys for the GC potentially in myself and Chris Juul-Jensen, who has been going really well at the Tour of Denmark which is exciting so there can be some good opportunities for us. Edmondson has been going really well in these types of races and then Kluge is a solid guy for the lead-outs.

"I am personally looking forward to getting back racing, seeing how the legs are after the Tour de France, you never really know so I'll be going there with the mindset of giving it a good crack, hopefully I can have a good time trial and the last two stages look really hard. 

"We have a really good team and I think we can get some really good results up there." 

Laurenzo Lapage - Sport director

"For sure we will be able to go for stage wins with Caleb Ewan and then we have Luke Durbridge for the overall so a good individual time trial on the second stage will be important for him."

Previously at the Binckbank Tour

In 2012 Svein Tuft won the stage six ITT and Luke Durbridge was the highest overall finisher for the team in the tour with fifth place overall back in 2012.

Race details

Monday, 13 Aug: Stage 1, Heerenveen to Bolsward, 177km
Tuesday, 14 Aug: Stage 2, Venray to Venray, 12km TT
Wednesday, 15 Aug: Stage 3, Aalter to Antwerpen, 174.9km 
Thursday, 16 Aug: Stage 4, Blankenberge to Ardooie, 166km 
Friday. 17 Aug: Sint-Pieters-Leeuw to Lanaken, 204km 
Saturday, 18 Aug: Riemst to Sittart Geleen, 182km 
Sunday, 19 Aug: Stage 7, Lacs de l'Eau to Geraardsbergen, 215km 

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