Mitchelton-SCOTT hoping for hard and aggressive racing in Canada

Wed 5 Sep 2018

Mitchelton-SCOTT are in Canada this week for two one-day races, GP Quebec and GP Montreal, with a strong squad looking to support South African champion Daryl Impey. 

The Australian outfit are prepared for various different race scenarios with a team of strong powerful guys and climing talent, hoping for hard and aggressive racing and deliver Impey to a good result.

The two events

The two Canadian one-dayer's are both raced over 16 laps of a 12.2km and 12.6km circuit in the city centre of Quebec and Montreal. The culmination of climbs every lap leads to an overall high altitude gain with 2976m covered in GP Quebec and 4208m of altitude gain in GP Montreal and suits a puncheur rider.

The Team

Luke Durbridge - (AUS, 27)
Daryl Impey - (RSA, 33)
Chris Juul-Jensen - (DEN, 29)
Mathew Hayman - (AUS, 40)
Roman Kreuziger - (CZE 31) 
Svein Tuft - (CAN, 41)
Carlos Verona - ESP, 25)

Daryl Impey

"I have always enjoyed racing here, they are races suited to my characteristics but you definitely need to be going well to be in the finals.

"I have come close to a podium result here in Quebec which is better suited to me but now Montreal is slightly harder so it may be a bit up in the air what happens there.

"We have a great team here to support me and achieve some goals. 2014 we made some fantastic memories so hopefully we can achieve something similar again."

Carlos Verona

“It will be my first time in Canada and I am looking forward to dong GP Quebec and GP Montreal because everyone who has done both races in the past have said that they are really nice races. 

“I think we have a strong team for both races, Impey is our clear leader because both races suit his skills to the perfection. 

“I think we also have other cards to play including myself. It’s already September, but I feel fresh, in form and motivated to give it a go if the opportunity comes.”

Laurenzo Lapage - Sport Director

“Daryl Impey will for sure be a protected leader but we also have riders that can have a free role and race aggressively. For sure in Montreal, with Quebec we will have to see how the race is going.”

Previously in the race

The Australian outfit has previously won both GP Quebec and GP Montreal back in 2012 and 2014 respectively with former rider Simon Gerrans.

Race details

Friday, 7th Sept: GP Quebec, 201km 
Sunday, 9th Sept: GP Montreal, 195km

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