Mitchelton-SCOTT line-up for another Italian stage race at the Coppi e Bartali

Sun 24 Mar 2019

Mitchelton-SCOTT head back to Italy for another week of stage racing as they tackle the 34th edition of the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali.

A strong squad with a mixture of youth and experience will line-up for the five-day race with their eyes set on another solid showing on Italian soil.

Australian Cameron Meyer will return to the road after racing at the Track World Championships last month, with the 31-year-old set to start his first European road race of the season.

Mitchelton-SCOTT Team:
Sam Bewley (NZL, 31)
Brent Bookwalter (USA, 35)
Lucas Hamilton (AUS, 23)
Damien Howson (AUS, 26) 
Cameron Meyer (AUS, 31)
Nick Schultz (AUS, 27)
Rob Stannard (AUS, 20)

The Course:
The race has a similar parcours to recent years with a double stage on the opening day, kicking off with a short stage of less than 100km in the morning, followed by a team time trial in the afternoon.

The peloton will then head into the mountains on the second day of racing on what could be a pivotal stage in the general classification. Next up the bunch face a lumpy circuit around the city of Forli on stage three before a pan-flat stage the following day that should be one for the sprinters.

The race concludes with another circuit, this time around Sassuolo, with four categorised climbs to contend with over the four finishing loops.

The Past:
This will be just the second time Mitchelton-SCOTT have taken part in the race, after making our debut last year. Australian Lucas Hamilton was the highest placed finished on the general classification, ending the four days of racing in seventh, one place ahead of Dane Chris Juul-Jensen.

Damien Howson:
“I’m looking forward to Coppi e Bartali, I think my form is good, after Tirreno it was about recovery and taking some confidence away from it after a great week with the team there.”

“I had a good lead into the European season and I’ve focussed a lot on my climbing, I had my first real hit out in Larciano leading into Tirreno and I feel like I’m going uphill pretty well, which is going to be important for this race.”

“After having the team time trial at Tirreno and the individual time trial to finish off the week, I’ve had some good time on the TT bike which going to be used again here.”

“I’ve not personally done Coppi e Bartali before, but I enjoy spending time in Italy and racing there. We have a strong team line-up so I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Matthew Wilson (Sports Director):
“Coppi e Bartali is a great little race with some really attacking circuits and little punchy climbs over the five days of racing.”

“There’s some flat stages and hilly stages and with the team time trial there I think it’s a race that really suits our capabilities well.”

“We’re going there with a strong team, with a mixture of youth and experience, and we’ll be looking for a result.”

Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali Race Details:
Wednesday, 27th March: Stage 1,  Gatteo to Gatteo, 97.8km
Wednesday 27th March: Stage 1 (TTT), Gatteo a mare to Gatteo, 13.3km
Thursday 28th March: Stage 2, Riccione to Sogliano al Rubicone, 140km
Friday 29th March: Stage 3, Forlì to Forlì, 166.2km
Saturday 30th March: Stage 4, Crevalcore to Crevalcore, 171.4km
Sunday 31st March: Stage 5, Fiorano Modenese to Sassuolo, 153.4km

Pictures courtesy of Getty Images.