Mitchelton-SCOTT line-up for toughest Women’s Tour yetFri 7 Jun 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT head back to Britain with a varied roster ready to do battle over six days of racing at the toughest Women’s Tour to date.
After a short training camp and a weekend of racing in France, six riders will line-up in Beccles for the opening in stage, including double stage winner in the last two editions of the race, Sarah Roy.
Australian Grace Brown will make her return to racing after breaking her collarbone in China last month, while Kiwi Georgia Williams will also continue her comeback. Gracie Elvin comes into the race off the back of two attacking rides in Morbihan, along with track World Champion Alex Manly, while Jess Allen will add valuable experience to the squad.
Jessica Allen (AUS, 26)
Grace Brown (AUS, 26)
Gracie Elvin (AUS, 30)
Alex Manly (AUS, 23)
Sarah Roy (AUS, 33)
Georgia Williams (NZL, 25)
The opening stage of the race looks set to be one for the sprinters in the field, but with two category-three climbs late in the day, there could be late attacks. The following day the race will move onto the Cyclopark in Kent for 25-laps around the 2.5-kilometre purpose-built circuit. It then all change on day three as the peloton head straight into the hills for two early categorised climbs inside the opening 22-kilometres.
Stage four should see a general classification battle with four category-two climbs coming in the final 40-kilometres and there is no let up from the hills on the following day with two category-one peaks to contend with. The racing concludes with another hilly stage as the peloton tackle Black Mountain in Wales to round out six days of racing.
Mitchelton-SCOTT won two stages of the 2018 edition of the race, with former rider Jolien d'Hoore winning the opening stage and Roy taking the sprint on stage three. Roy’s win was her second at the Women’s Tour after taking a stage victory in the previous year in 2017. The team’s only other win came on the first stage of the first edition in 2014 with ex-rider Emma Johansson.
“The Women’s Tour is one of my favourite events on the calendar. I love the vibe there with the crowds and the local schools getting involved no matter what the weather throws at us.”
“The racing is always tough and a little unpredictable over dead roads similar to those of the Australian country roads. We have an extra stage going from five to six days this year as well which will add another layer to things.”
Alejandro Gonzalez-Tablas (Sports Director):
“We have a strong team for the Women’s Tour, most of the team has been showing a great level in the last few weeks and although we don’t have a clear leader for the GC, we have a clear aims towards the stages.”
“It will be the first race back for Brown since she broke her collarbone and it will be interesting to see how she responds. Similar for Williams, who is coming from a long break, but she is really motivated for a good comeback.”
“Roy will be our sprinter, but we have the chance to play it openly on the stages and not necessarily aim for a sprint finish with some other strong riders with Elvin, Manly or Allen.”
Women’s Tour 2019 - Race Details:
Monday, 10th June: Stage 1, Beccles - Stowmarket, 157.6km
Tuesday, 11th June: Stage 2, Cyclopark - Cyclopark, 62.5km
Wednesday, 12th June: Stage 3, Henley-on-Thames to Blenheim Palace, 145.1km
Thursday, 13th June: Stage 4, Warwick - Burton Dassett, 158.9km
Friday, 14th June: Stage 5, Llandrindod Wells - Builth Wells, 140km
Saturday, 15th June: Stage 6, Carmarthen - Pembrey Country Park, 125.9km
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