Mitchelton-SCOTT looking for stars to align at RoubaixThu 5 Apr 2018
After a campaign with little fortune, Mitchelton-SCOTT are looking for the stars to align to capitalise on good form in the final cobbled Monument of the year, Paris-Roubaix.
Roubaix will forever be a happy hunting ground for Mitchelton-SCOTT following the 2016 victory to one of the team’s favourite sons and tireless workers Mathew Hayman.
Hayman will line up again in his 17th edition in 2018, alongside fellow specialists Luke Durbridge and Matteo Trentin.
Known as the ‘Hell of the North’ Paris-Roubaix is not for the faint-hearted. Its 257km race profile is pan flat but with 29 sectors totalling 54.5km of cobbled to navigate, it’s one for the specialists.
The race travels over 90km before the first sector, but from their they come in quick succession, including three five-star rated sectors such as the Arenberg Forest.
The 2016 Paris-Roubaix will remain one of Mitchelton-SCOTT’s most memorable victories for a lifetime. Just weeks after breaking his arm, Hayman surprised the world with a bold and gutsy ride to win on the famous Roubaix velodrome – a lifelong dream for the now 39-year-old in what was his 15th attempt.
Mathew Hayman – 2016 Winner:
“This will be my 17th Roubaix. Roubaix has always been special to me. I have always finished, once over the time cut, but I’ve always made sure I get to the cross the line on the velodrome.”
“Last year when I went back, SCOTT made me a beautiful bike which was really nice, it added a bit of pressure but I really enjoyed it. This year I’m looking for a big result.
“As a team, we’ve come a long way. You have to learn the road and the style of racing so it’s been a work in progress but we are knocking on the door.”
Matt Wilson – Sport Director:
“We haven’t had a lot of luck so far but there’s been some really good signs that the guys are going well, we just need to put it together on the day. We’re looking for a podium spot, I think it’s achievable and hopefully it all goes right on Sunday.
“It’s a race with a lot of surprises as we know and we do have a few different cards to play and that is our strength, but Matteo Trentin will be our leader and we will see how the race goes and play it with our other riders from there.
“Mat Hayman wasn’t the only one who has won this race from a breakaway, it’s one of the few Classics where that is an option. The most important thing is to have guys there in the final that you can play so we will go into it with quite an open plan and try to put guys in a good position in the final.”
Photo courtesy of Kramon.