Trentin to lead Mitchelton-SCOTT at Tour of FlandersThu 4 Apr 2019
As intensity continues to build in Belgium for the second Monument of the season, the Tour of Flanders this Sunday, Mitchelton-SCOTT will throw their full support behind leader and European champion Matteo Trentin.
The Italian has finished seventh at E3 BinckBank Classic and Gent-Wevelgem in his past two races, and has found himself amongst the top riders in each of the Flemish Classics this season.
Injuries allow young neo-pros Edoardo Affini and Robert Stannard the opportunity to start their second Monument in their opening season, and whilst Trentin and the team haven’t been blessed with a lot of luck so far, they remain motivated to fight for the final Monument for the team’s trophy cabinet.
Mitchelton-SCOTT at the Tour of Flanders:
Edoardo Affini (ITA, 22)
Jack Bauer (NZL, 33)
Michael Hepburn (AUS, 27)
Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN, 29)
Luka Mezgec (SLO, 30)
Robert Stannard (AUS, 20)
Matteo Trentin (ITA, 29)
The Tour of Flanders is a race with nowhere to hide. Positioning is key and a slip up at the wrong moment calls the end of your day quickly in this type of racing.
The gruelling 270km course has 17 bergs, of which five feature cobbles, plus another six independent cobble sectors all as vital as the next.
Six of the last 10 editions have seen a solo rider arrive at the finish first, whilst the biggest group to finish together in the same period was four, back in 2014.
The Tour of Flanders is the Classic that has eluded Mitchelton-SCOTT. In its seven seasons to date the team has conquered five out of the six ‘Monuments’, with Flanders still remaining.
The team’s best result was 10thback in 2013, whilst leader Trentin’s best finish was 13th place in 2017.
“My form is good and I have been able to recover this week from a very demanding Gent Wevelgem. Up until now, I have always been there in the previous races. I haven’t managed to get a bit of luck in any of those situations, but I’ve always been there with the best riders.
“To go home with the bag full we just need a bit of luck to find the right group that is allowed a bit of freedom and just have a good day on the bike.”
Laurenzo Lapage – Sport Director:
“Matteo has shown in not only all of the Classics but all of his races this year that he is at a high level. Everyone knows these races are his races, he has shown in the past he is really good in these races and is always playing a role when his condition is there. He will have the support of the full team, that’s for sure. He is our card on Sunday, that is no secret, and by showing good things these last two weeks, everyone is really confident and want to support him for a great result.
“Flanders is a Monument. Everyone knows it, but we’re always still surprised by the amount of public around. The last races have been big, but everything at Flanders is 10-times bigger.
“To win Flanders, first of all, you have to be a great rider but it’s a race you need to race on instinct. Sometimes it might look like a stupid move, but often it’s ‘the’ move. If you feel the moment, you have to go. It can be from far and it can happen everywhere.
“Even though they are young, Stannard and Affini have showed they like it here and they want to be here. It’s great for their experience, everyone knows how important that is and that you need to race them before you can know them properly.”
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