Mitchelton-SCOTT looking to make it three-in-a-row in Almeria

Thu 14 Feb 2019

The early season race schedule continues as Mitchelton-SCOTT return to a happy hunting ground hoping to make it a hat-trick of wins at the Clasica de Almeria.

The team tasted success in 2017 and 2018 at the one-day event and the fast-men will be back in action with both Matteo Trentin and Luka Mezgec in action for a sprint focussed squad in Andalucia on Sunday.

Mitchelton-SCOTT team:
Edoardo Affini (ITA, 22)
Jack Bauer (NZL, 33)
Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN, 29)
Luka Mezgec (SLO, 30)
Matteo Trentin (ITA, 29)
Callum Scotson (AUS, 22)
Dion Smith (NZL, 25)

The Course:
Despite being a race dominated by sprinters, the peloton will head straight into the hills as they roll out of Almeria for the race start, first tackling the category 3 Alto de Cuesta Blanca inside the opening 50kms.

The middle of the race is then punctuated with three climbs in quick succession, beginning with a short category 4 ramp, followed by a category 3 ascent and lastly a more challenging category 2 climb, the Alto de Turrillas, which tops out at 96.5km into the day.

The bunch will then head downhill and back into Almeria before racing along the coastline and looping back around into the finish in Roquetas del Mar. 

The Competition:
Marcel Kittel (Team Katusha – Alpecin) will be looking to add to an early season win in Mallorca, while fellow German Pascal Ackerman (BORA – hansgohe) will be another sprinter to watch in the final run to the line.

The Past:
Mitchelton-SCOTT have won the last two additions of the Clasica de Almeria with former riders Magnus Cort and Caleb Ewan respectively.

Luka Mezgec:
“I’m looking forward to the race, since we’ve all had really good preparation in the winter and everyone is excited to see how this hard work shows in the races.”

“Almeria normally finishes with a bunch sprint, so it will definitely be the goal to see how the sprint train still works from last year, where we nailed the lead out and won the race with Caleb.”

Matt White - Sports Director:
“It’s a race that we’ve won the last two years and it’s a really nice course in good weather, so we’ll be looking to be in the mix again this year.”

“It’s traditionally a race for the sprinters and I don’t think anything will change that this weekend as there aren’t too many races on the calendar that guarantee a sprint finish.”

“It’s often very windy in that part of Spain around this time of year, so that’s always a bit of an obstacle for the peloton, but it does tend to come down to a bunch finish in the finale."

2019 Clasica de Almeria – Race Details
Sunday, 17th February: Almeria – Roqueta de Mar, 192.5km