Mitchelton-SCOTT looking to continue unbeaten run at the Santos Women’s Tour Down UnderThu 3 Jan 2019
Mitchelton-SCOTT will head to Adelaide following the national championships this weekend, determined to keep its unbeaten run at the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under intact.
Since the event’s inception as a UCI race in 2016, the home outfit has claimed all three editions, including the past two years with defending champion Amanda Spratt.
Grace Brown (AUS, 26)
Gracie Elvin (AUS, 30)
Lucy Kennedy (AUS, 30)
Sarah Roy (AUS, 32)
Amanda Spratt (AUS, 31)
Georgia Williams (NZL, 25)
With something for everyone, the 2019 course is expected to see sprint finishes on the opening and closing days, with stage two expected to be the key to general classification victory and a Classic type terrain on stage three.
The 2019 edition will see the strongest field in history, with CCC Team, Ale Cipollini, Astana Pro Team and the new Trek-Segafredo team all taking to the start line.
Mitchelton-SCOTT has won all three previous editions of the Santos Women’s Tour Down Under, in the inaugural year with Katrin Garfoot followed by back-to-back victories to Spratt, whilst the team has also claimed four stage victories.
Amanda Spratt – Defending Champion:
"I can’t wait to be back in Adelaide for the Tour Down Under in 2019. I have such great memories from this race and I would love to create some more.”
“It’s a big target for me and the mixture of stages should suit me but also our whole team, so I’m excited to see what we can do together there.
"TDU time is such a special time to be a cyclist in Australia - the whole atmosphere around the race is incredible.”
"Returning to a race as defending champion is great, even more so when it’s in Australia in front of a home crowd. I haven’t returned to many races as a defending champion so it definitely makes this Tour Down Under even more special for me.”
Martin Vestby – Head Sport Director:
“With some new big teams at the start line I expect the Tour Down Under to be a great race with strong competition and we could see different scenarios this year that will make our title defence more difficult. But, we have a strong team at the start and more cards to play. Spratty will for sure be one of our leaders and the course suits her but she isn’t our only option which will keep teams guessing.
“The 2019 course has a stage for every kind of rider, there are opportunities for everyone here.
“Stage one is a bit rolling, but it should end up in a sprint because it will be hard to get a group up the road with all teams still motivated to have their general classification riders there.
“The second stage looks to be the “GC stage” with a three kilometre climb up to the finish whilst the third stage is a bit more open and will be determined by the overall standings and how hard it is raced. It has the potential to come down to a selective group, bigger bunch kick or a small break.
“Of course, the final stage in front of a big crown in Adelaide is a nice way of finishing a Tour.”
2019 Santos Women’s Tour Down Under race details:
Thursday, 10 Jan: Stage 1, Hahndorf to Birdwood (112.9km)
Friday, 11 Jan: Stage 2, Nuriootpa to Mengler Hill (116.7km)
Saturday, 12 Jan: Stage 3, Nairne to Stirling (104.5km)
Sunday, 13 Jan: Stage 4, Adelaide (42.5km)
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